My name is Luisa and I am the animal lover, trainer and writer behind Ascent Animal Training. I am passionate about force-free, science-based training methods and I strongly believe that training is so much more than just obedience. I believe that training is about building and strengthening bonds, creating communication and improving lives.
Ahhh house training! Much like potty training for humans, there are many how-to’s and how-not-to’s, along with confusion, frustration, and the hourly temptation to give up.
I’m part of several hedgehog groups on Facebook and everyday, without fail, there are heartbreaking posts by people asking why their hedgehog “hates” them. Frequently, these owners feel defeated and that they are bad animal parents because they can’t get their prickly little friend to warm up to them. This post is for them.
When it comes time to choose someone to train your dog or to help them overcome behavioural concerns, how in the world should you choose the very best for your best friend?
Here are some super simple, non-exhausting, non-labour intensive ideas for canine enrichment as you adjust to your new life as a parent.
for those who struggle with an illness (mental or physical), it can be a struggle to care for our pets the way they deserve when we are struggling just to care for ourselves.
Although perhaps one of the more boring tricks to show off, a solid and reliable “stay” is perhaps one of the most useful skills you could teach your dog.
Dear Parent of a Reactive Dog
Just wanted to send a quick note today to let you know you’re doing okay. I know it didn’t feel that way earlier…