Helping Pets Behave

Helping Pets Behave Helping Pets Behave is an animal behavior consultancy based in Gaithersburg, MD

Hi! I'm an associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (ACAAB) located in Montgomery Co. Maryland. Check out my website, helpingpetsbehave.com, to find out more about me and what I do.

Mission: Pet behavior consulting and training

Safety is always #1 here at Helping Pets Behave, so to ensure the well-being of pets and their loving family I am offeri...
05/29/2020

Safety is always #1 here at Helping Pets Behave, so to ensure the well-being of pets and their loving family I am offering online video consults and classes during COVID-19 social distancing! In-person consults will resume in accordance with guidance from the State of Maryland and the CDC.

I've been conducting virtual sessions for over two months now and have been really pleased with the results so far! While it might seem strange, behavior change can absolutely be achieved during online sessions.

As we all continue to navigate through this difficult time, it's important to notice and appreciate the positives.

04/14/2020
Woof Woof

Why climb when you can fly!

Some dogs can use their tails as propellers when needed... 😂🚁
Chek out our new group The Woof Club!

You guys! My girls got their CGC and Novice tricks titles on the same day in February, back when life was normal. Despit...
04/13/2020

You guys! My girls got their CGC and Novice tricks titles on the same day in February, back when life was normal. Despite being over a decade apart in age, they can do the same behaviors and make their momma so proud. 🥰

You can do the same with your pups right now! While dog owners are staying at home practicing social distancing, the AKC Family Dog Program and Do More With Your Dog recently announced that dog owners may teach their dogs tricks at home and submit a video to an AKC CGC Evaluator for review and approval. With your help, your dog can earn trick titles, complete with ribbons and certificates, from the safety and comfort of your home!

Check out my online CGC prep class and tricks classes ranging from beginner to advanced.

CGC prep: https://www.helpingpetsbehave.com/services/classes/heeling-helpers/

Beginner, Intermediate, & Advanced Tricks classes with rolling registration:
https://www.helpingpetsbehave.com/services/classes/trick-training-beginner-to-advanced/

#onlinedogtraining #dogtraining #cgcprep #tricksclass #shetlandsheepdog #roughcollie #positivetraining #clickertraining

Tips when caring for existing or adopted pets in a crisisAll over the country Americans have stepped up to provide foste...
04/09/2020

Tips when caring for existing or adopted pets in a crisis

All over the country Americans have stepped up to provide foster and permanent homes to pets in need during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Since social distancing and loneliness have been linked to poor mental health (Holt-Lunstad, et al, 2015) and various medical conditions (Holt-Lunstad, et al, 2016) pet ownership and its purported health benefits (CDC, 2019) seems like the perfect way to cope with the trauma we are all facing at this time. While there is no doubt that having a pet in the home is a great distraction, they are individuals with specific and unique needs. The following tips can help create a mutually beneficial relationship with your new or existing pet.

Quality time should include more than just cuddling! Pets need mental and physical stimulation to thrive in their environment. Give your dog or cat plenty of both in the form of:

Walks (at a safe distance from others). There is research that indicates that insufficient exercise can contribute to behavior problems (Landsberg, et al, 2013), including fear-based behaviors towards other animals (Tiira & Lohi, 2015).

Games. Tug, fetch, hide and seek, and meal-dispensing toys are great ways to keep your pet busy when you can’t be distracted or need to rest. Due to a lot of crossover in toys for pets, there are wand toys for dogs, called flirt poles, and fetch toys for cats.

Enrichment. You can also create obstacle courses with furniture and boxes in your home to create tunnels and jumps. Just use treats to lure them through! Once they figure out the pattern, switch the order for a new challenge.

Virtual Training. One of the best ways you can spend time with your dog is through online training classes. Using interactive technology, dog owners can gain a sense of community by socializing and entertaining each other while getting help with training their dogs. Using reward-based methods to teach new skills helps create a lasting bond between owner and pet. Whether teaching a trick or overcoming a persistent behavior problem, dogs can quickly learn to trust and enjoy engaging with their owners. https://www.helpingpetsbehave.com/services/classes/

Socialization. Don’t forget how important socialization is for puppies! Although 100’s of close interactions with other dogs and people are out of the question at this time, you can still socialize your young dog at a distance. Learn how here: https://www.helpingpetsbehave.com/services/classes/puppies-without-issues-getting-started-new-puppy/.

04/03/2020

Hey everyone! I'm excited to announce that I am now offering online classes. Come check out all the cool new classes I've added, including handling classes, puppy class, backyard agility, grooming 101, and tricks!!

https://www.helpingpetsbehave.com/services/classes/

07/22/2019
Woof Woof

So cute! Amazing how they know when to go

This is the cutest most wholesome thing I've ever seen 😍😭

Pru at 6.5 months. She’s getting her rough! 🤗.#roughcolliesofinstagram #roughcollie #collie #colliesofinstagram #roughco...
04/28/2019

Pru at 6.5 months. She’s getting her rough! 🤗
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Gorgeous girl on a gorgeous spring day.#roughcollie #roughcolliepuppy #colliepuppy #colliesofinstagram #roughcolliesofin...
04/14/2019

Gorgeous girl on a gorgeous spring day
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#roughcollie #roughcolliepuppy #colliepuppy #colliesofinstagram #roughcolliesofinstagram #sundayfunday #collie #spring

My beautiful Pru (and her glove) at 5 months. Happy national puppy day!🤗.#nationalpuppyday #puppy #colliesofinstagram #c...
03/23/2019

My beautiful Pru (and her glove) at 5 months. Happy national puppy day!🤗
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#nationalpuppyday #puppy #colliesofinstagram #colliepuppy #roughcollie #roughcolliepuppy #roughcolliesofinstagram

Pru at 4 months. She’s been home for exactly two months and seems like she changes by the second. 😘🐶..#roughcolliesofins...
02/16/2019

Pru at 4 months. She’s been home for exactly two months and seems like she changes by the second. 😘🐶
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14 weeks and she’s almost as big as her “big” sister! 😵..#colliesofinstagram #roughcollie #colliepuppy #sheltiesofinstag...
02/02/2019

14 weeks and she’s almost as big as her “big” sister! 😵
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Pru at 13 weeks and 21 lbs. She’s getting so big!..#puppy #roughcolliepuppy #roughcollie #colliesofinstagram #colliepupp...
01/28/2019

Pru at 13 weeks and 21 lbs. She’s getting so big!
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01/25/2019

First swim lesson! 🤗 So excited about this. I’ve always wanted a dog that enjoyed 🏊‍♀️
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01/06/2019

Pru’s first day in public! Up until yesterday we were limiting socialization to the neighborhood and basically empty pet stores. With puppy class starting the next day, I decided it was time to take her out for a test drive. You can hear from the background noise that this little cafe was packed! While a short and sweet visit, we got to work on focus and our “SAY HI” cue under gradually increasing distraction. I could not be prouder! 🤗
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Relationship development at work. Pru’s play style is a bit rough for sensitive Scarlett. Instead we’re working on stayi...
01/02/2019

Relationship development at work. Pru’s play style is a bit rough for sensitive Scarlett. Instead we’re working on staying calm and even ignoring one another. Believe it or not, dogs don’t have to interact to get to know each other.
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#roughcollie #roughcolliepuppy #colliesofinstagram #sheltielove #collielove #dogtrainingtips

While a new puppy in the home is keeping me busy, I haven’t ignored my sweet Scarlett. She’ll be 10.5 tomorrow, but you’...
12/31/2018

While a new puppy in the home is keeping me busy, I haven’t ignored my sweet Scarlett. She’ll be 10.5 tomorrow, but you’d never know from these glamour shots taken early October of this year.
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#sheltiesofinstagram #sheltielove #biblacksheltie #glamourshots #olddogsrule @ Hague, New York

Nine weeks old today! Swipe through to see how much Pru has changed. Thanks for the photos KaymannCollies. I looked forw...
12/27/2018

Nine weeks old today! Swipe through to see how much Pru has changed. Thanks for the photos KaymannCollies. I looked forward to them every week 😘🐶
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Opening presents is exhausting! Pru got a blanket from the @aspca and real stinky but tasty tripe treats by @barkworthie...
12/25/2018

Opening presents is exhausting! Pru got a blanket from the @aspca and real stinky but tasty tripe treats by @barkworthies 🎁 🎄🌟
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#collie #colliesofinstagram #christmaspuppy #puppylove #roughcollie

Meet Pru, the newest member of our family! She’s a Rough Collie with endless potential and cuteness for days. Be forewar...
12/23/2018

Meet Pru, the newest member of our family! She’s a Rough Collie with endless potential and cuteness for days. Be forewarned, puppy pics are coming!
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Training for more than just obedienceIt’s that time of year again. The kids are back in school learning about the world ...
09/11/2018

Training for more than just obedience

It’s that time of year again. The kids are back in school learning about the world and how to successfully navigate in it. Although our dogs aren’t humans, we do think of them as our companions and want to share our world with them. With a large number of pet dogs having had no formal training, achieving this goal may feel out of reach for many, but it doesn’t have to be. Find out the components of leading a more fulfilled life with your canine companion. http://blog.helpingpetsbehave.com/post/177975076318/training-for-more-than-just-obedience-mary

Why do they do that? Cats & their vocal signalsWhile we all know how vocal cats can be when they want something, they ar...
07/21/2018

Why do they do that? Cats & their vocal signals

While we all know how vocal cats can be when they want something, they are generally quieter than other popular and more social pets like dogs, birds, and guinea pigs. The primary reason for this is that cats are solitary animals, so their vocal range of sounds is limited compared to other social animals. Still, their sounds have meaning that effectively elicit certain behavioral responses from humans and other cats and animals. http://blog.helpingpetsbehave.com/post/174666134753/why-do-they-do-that-cats-their-vocal-signals

It’s been one of those days 🐶...#cavalierkingcharlesspaniel #dog #cutedog #cutenessoverload #cutedogsofinstagram #dogsof...
03/28/2018

It’s been one of those days 🐶
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One last romp in her adorable snow boots before spring. ❄️🌷...#shetlandsheepdog #sheltie #snowboots #dogshoes #dogsofins...
03/25/2018

One last romp in her adorable snow boots before spring. ❄️🌷
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Safe Practices for Pets & Guests this Holiday Season: The holidays are the time when family and friends come together to...
11/21/2017

Safe Practices for Pets & Guests this Holiday Season: The holidays are the time when family and friends come together to celebrate and enjoy one another’s presence. While our pets are also family, the intentions of people and dogs that may not know each other well can be a set up for an uncomfortable situation. With a little bit of planning, you can have a safe and happy holiday season with your pet. http://blog.helpingpetsbehave.com/post/167463993128/safe-practices-for-pets-guests-this-holiday

11/13/2017

These pups are off leash on 12 acres with no fence! They all started with little to no training or a troubled past. Now look at them! I’m so proud. 🤓
Join us for classes starting THIS Saturday. See link for schedule https://www.helpingpetsbehave.com/services/classes/
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What does it mean to have a dog with prey drive? Some people have used the term ‘prey drive’ to describe problematic beh...
10/20/2017

What does it mean to have a dog with prey drive? Some people have used the term ‘prey drive’ to describe problematic behaviors like chasing wildlife, other dogs, cars, bikes, cats, children, and joggers. Others have used the term to identify wanted behaviors that would be good in law enforcement or canine sports, indicating that ‘prey drive’ is what makes their dogs suitable for activities that involve chasing. If you are confused...http://blog.helpingpetsbehave.com/post/166582079738/what-does-it-mean-to-have-a-dog-with-prey-driveby

Back at the farm teaching dog training classes until mid December. Join me Saturdays for the fun, scenery, and horses! T...
10/16/2017

Back at the farm teaching dog training classes until mid December. Join me Saturdays for the fun, scenery, and horses! To find the class schedule click here: https://www.helpingpetsbehave.com/services/classes/ in Manchester & Gaithersburg, Maryland #horses #horsesofinstagram #horsephotography #horselife #horsefarm #ponies #farmlife #farmhouse #dogtraining #training #classisinsession #schoolfordogs #doglover #doglife #ponylove #horselove

How to train your dog to rotate backwards around you:1. Lure and reward front feet onto a box. 2. Lure and reward single...
10/11/2017

How to train your dog to rotate backwards around you:
1. Lure and reward front feet onto a box.
2. Lure and reward single steps in either direction.
3. Feed continuously as your dog swings her hind end around while facing you.
4. Repeat with your dog by your side.
5. Gradually fade the food and prompts until motioning with your hand becomes the cue.
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10/09/2017

Agility students working on gaining distance cuing to obstacles. Best runs of the day. I'm so proud! 🤓
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10/05/2017

Why walk normal when you can walk with a Sheltie on your feet? ☺️
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Tuesday 09:00 - 19:00
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My husband and I cannot thank Mary enough for sharing her knowledge and skills to help us with our dog. She has patience, experience and exactly what we needed. Thank you!