How to make your dog more confident

Aug 23, 2012 / 11:00 am
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Can vicious dog bites be prevented?

Aug 16, 2012 / 11:00 am
Did you know that boys under 10 are reported to be in the highest bite category for dogs? Next are young girls. The main reason for this is the rambunctious nature of children; their screaming, high-pitched voices, running around and tendency for rough play. These actions can be stressful...

Walking your dog? Don't miss this tip

Aug 9, 2012 / 11:00 am
Many people are not aware of the dangers they put their dogs in when crossing the street. If you are at a curb waiting for a walk signal, be sure to stand a few feet away from the curb as your dog could pull, get distracted and be on the road in a matter of seconds, which will place it in the...

How to handle Fido this long weekend

Aug 2, 2012 / 11:00 am
With the long weekend coming up and many outdoor events happening in the city, be sure to keep your dog's best interest in mind if you are considering bringing them out with you. Although it is great to expose your dog to real life situations and have them participate in the fun, sometimes it...

Want a toy for your dog? Avoid these

Jul 26, 2012 / 11:00 am
When it comes to toys, I often find that dogs have an abundance of them. I have a simple rule with my clients – only three toys at given time. You will notice that your dog will have its favorites and they do not need 20 stuffies or 30 balls laying all over the place. Also, if you...

Your dog is not a walking petting zoo

Jul 19, 2012 / 3:00 pm
In this week's video tip, Brad discusses how to deal with all the people you see along your walk who want to pet your dog. Some very important tips here that you don't want to miss! (Because doesn't everyone want to pet your cute doggie?)

Does your dog have an ear infection?

Jul 12, 2012 / 11:00 am
In this video tip, Brad shows us what we can do to check our dogs' ears for signs of infection. Sniff away!

Be a doggie dentist with these tips

Jul 6, 2012 / 10:00 am
Dental care is an important part of your dog’s health. At an early age, it is a good idea to get your dog familiar with having its teeth, gums and mouth checked. You may not be a dentist, but by running your fingers along the gum line you will get to know if the gums are healthy and the...

Boating with Fido? Read this first

Jun 28, 2012 / 11:00 am
I have seen more and more people taking their dogs with them boating, which is awesome! Not only is it another way to spend quality time with the furry member of your family and strengthens the bond, but it also exposes you and your dog to new real life situations which will only boost your...

Running up the stairs shouldn't be ruff

Jun 21, 2012 / 11:00 am
A few years ago some clients of mine had their first baby, and after he was born, they came to class and they said that for them, the most important training tool that they had learned in my class was teaching their chocolate lab 'rules of the stairs'. With a new bundle of joy in their...

Important tips for traveling with Fido

Jun 14, 2012 / 11:00 am
With summer upon us, many people like to take their dog with them on the family holiday. If you are traveling by car or SUV with the family dog, you must be sure to pay attention to and full fill the needs of the dog. A couple days before hitting the road, take Fido out for a lot of exercise....

Watch for these parking lot dangers

Jun 7, 2012 / 12:00 pm
In this video tip, Brad teaches dog owners what to look out for when taking your dog out of the car into a parking lot.

Help your dog to play well with others

May 31, 2012 / 11:01 am
In this special video, Brad tells us how to go about training your dog to socialize with other dogs.

Dogs and storms: Tips you must know

May 24, 2012 / 11:00 am
The change in atmospheric pressure, more electricity in the air, can cause anxiety within certain dogs. This is why some dogs will become frantic before you see or hear a storm. The loud noise of thunder and wind is hard on their highly sensitive ears. Should your dog be sensitive to storms...

Read this before getting a dog

May 17, 2012 / 11:00 am
If you are looking to get a new puppy or older dog, you must be sure that everyone in the family is on board with bringing a new furry animal into the house. I have run into far too many situations where families or couples have not all wanted to get a dog, which sadly, usually results in the...

Get to know your dog: 5 fun facts

May 10, 2012 / 11:00 am
Fun facts: a. Did you know that dogs move 7 times faster than humans? Speed is critical for dogs; the faster you move the more they will pay attention to you. b. Did you know that your dog has 6 pads on its front paw and only 5 on its back paw? Take a look and see if you can find...

Are you letting your dog win?

May 3, 2012 / 11:00 am
I have often seen people at the dog park or on the street get frustrated with their dog for not behaving how they want them to. When you get frustrated and start screaming and yelling at your dog, you are letting them win. Stay calm, cool and collected and have patience. Hold yourself...

Important dog grooming tips

Apr 26, 2012 / 10:00 am
Whether or not you take your dog to the groomer, here are some grooming tips you can use to keep your dogs coat free of mats and overall cleanliness. Depending on your dog’s coat, you will need to have the appropriate type of brush or comb. With many different styles to choose from, ask...

Dog vs. baby doesn't have to be tricky

Apr 19, 2012 / 11:00 am
When introducing a new baby into the family, it is important to allow your dog to see the preparation of the newborn's arrival. Allow the dog to explore, sniff and see the changes happening. It is critical to not allow the dog on any furniture, as this could possibly create a territorial...

A can't-miss, very serious dog tip

Apr 12, 2012 / 11:00 am
A word of caution with exercise and feeding of your dog. Kind of like the rule of ‘no swimming’ after you have eaten, as a rule of thumb, I do not recommend any food 45-60 minutes prior to or after heavy exercise or playing. The stomach needs time to digest and or settle down prior...

Your dog vs. the Easter Bunny

Apr 5, 2012 / 11:00 am
The Easter Bunny may be around the corner, so you need to hide those eggs and baskets well from the kiddies and the doggies. If you have baskets with the plastic shredding filler, your dog may want a nibble, so again, keep them out of reach of your dog. If you are planning an Easter Egg...

Can all dogs learn new tricks?

Mar 29, 2012 / 11:00 am
Did you know that dogs have different learning styles just like us humans? Some dogs are repetitive learners and some are instinctual learners. For example, many Boarder Collies are instinctively able to herd sheep or cattle, as this is part of their breed specific make-up. But don’t...

Doo doo this while helping doggie go

Mar 23, 2012 / 1:00 pm
If you designate a specific spot in your yard for your dog to do its business you won’t have a yard full of yellow spots or accidentally step in something undesirable. Start off with having your dog on leash and take them to the area you want them to go. Ask them to “go pee...

Leaving your dog with others is ruff

Mar 15, 2012 / 11:00 am
When leaving your dog in another person’s care, make sure they know all the rules you have set for your dog and are willing to abide by them. Even if you are just away for a weekend, if your dog is being spoiled, all of your training progress can go down the drain. Make a list of any...

Your couch, bed not good for your dog

Mar 8, 2012 / 11:00 am
Sometimes there is nothing better than snuggling up with your pooch. This is perfectly okay, but if you allow it to happen by picking them up or letting them on the couch or in your bed, this can lead to a lack of self-confidence and dependence. If you do want to chill with them, get down...

A big danger to dogs we often ignore

Feb 23, 2012 / 11:00 am
Would you let your child sit on your lap while you are out driving in your car? Then why do people allow their dogs to be on their lap in front of the steering wheel? Never let your dog sit on your lap while you are driving. Not only is it a distraction and impairs your vision, but what if...

Knock knock, bark bark. Dog door tips

Feb 16, 2012 / 11:08 am
Let your dog give one good bark when the doorbell rings or someone knocks at the door. It is a good thing to have a warning from your dog, but interrupt with a firm, low toned “No Noise” if they continue to bark. By practicing sit/stays when the doorbell rings, you will be teaching...

A cure for doggie separation anxiety

Feb 9, 2012 / 11:22 am
Separation anxiety is a common problem. Exercising and stimulating your dog mentally will help to tire them out so they don’t have as much energy to spend causing damage. Playing ‘Hide and Seek’ is a great mental game for your dog. Put your dog in a sit stay and hide...

How to keep your dog from jumping up

Jan 26, 2012 / 11:00 am
Here's another quick tip that should help dog owners with spry pups: Kneeing your dog in the chest to stop it from jumping can break their thin little ribs. Instead, hold your hand out above their head and give a quick tap to the top of their head as they are jumping up. This will not...

Avoid these dog training mistakes

Jan 12, 2012 / 10:00 am
Today I have two special tips for you that will go a long way in improving your relationship with your dog. 1. If your dog runs away from you off leash, or if you are at a dog park and wish to get going, do NOT chase them and yell furiously at the top of your lungs, or repeat your commands...

How to prevent boredom for your dog

Jan 5, 2012 / 11:00 am
Here's a quick tip that will make a big difference in your dog's life. When you take your dog for a walk, change up your route or destination. If you always walk the same route, it will be boring for your dog and he/she will not be as mentally stimulated as if you take it to...

Salt can be an assault to your dog

Dec 29, 2011 / 8:00 am
Brad's Winter Tip If you live anywhere that gets snow, you will want to be sure to take caution when taking your dog out. Many roads and sidewalks are sprinkled or even covered with salt to reduce ice build up. This is great, except it can pose a danger to our four legged...

Important doggy tips for Christmas

Dec 21, 2011 / 8:00 am
CHRISTMAS TIPS Christmas is a time of year for family and friends, which leads to festive gatherings. This also can be an added stress and dangerous time for your furry friends. With all of the heightened activity, be sure you make time for your dogs. An adventurous hike, romp in the snow or a...
About the Author

All about Brad Pattison:

Educating Others

  • Created & opened the first Doggy Day Care in 1991 in Vancouver, BC
  • Opened up Hustle Up™ Training School in spring 2008 (certifies people to become Certified Trainer Educator’s or 6Legs to Fitness™ instructors)

  • Currently 90 Certified Trainer Educator’s across Canada, 1 in United States, 15 6Legs to Fitness™ instructors in Canada and 5 in South Africa.


  •  Host of hit TV show “At The End of My Leash". Currently airing in 50+ countries with a total of 6 seasons, 78 episodes.
  •  Host and Producer of ‘Puppy SOS’, which premiered on Slice Network April 6th, 2011.
  •  Guest appearances on Canadian Television shows – 3 Takes, X-Weighted, The Mom Show and Simon & Chris

  • In 2008, at the Alberta Motion Picture Industry Awards, “At The End of My Leash” won 4 out of 5 nominations including Best Series and Best Host.
  • ‘At The End of My Leash’ was also nominated at the 2008 Gemini Awards

  • In 2010, at the Alberta Motion Picture Industry Awards, “At The End of My Leash” won Best Lifestyle Serie


  • Honorary Chair for Canadian Cancer Society’s ‘Bark For Life’ in 2010 and 2011, held in Toronto, ON.

  • Affiliation with the Painted Dog Conservation project in Zimbabwe to help raise awareness of the declining Painted Dog population. The Painted Dog leash and collar line, designed by Brad Pattison– donates $3 from each item purchased to the Painted Dog Conservation. www.painteddog.org


Rescue Missions

  • Created Pattison K9 Rescue team with first mission down to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Helped rescue over 200 dogs.
  • Partnered up with CANDi International for a dog rescue projects in Cancun, July 2009 and Puerto Rico in November 2009. www.candiinternational.org
  • Aid in the aftermath of the earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010.
  • Brought an eight-person team down to Cancun in February 2011 to help Spay and Neuter program alongside the Cancun Animal Rescue organization.


  • Author of 3 books: Synergy in Training between Man & Dog, Doggy Business (kids book for Dog Babysitting) and bestseller, Brad Pattison Unleashed (published through Random House Canada).
  • New Puppy book to be released May 2012 through Random House Canada.



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