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Caryl Wolff

Caryl Wolff

Caryl Wolff has been living in Los Angeles for a long, long time – and remembers when the smog was so thick that you couldn’t see across the street.  Her first career was as a court reporter, but her first job as a dog trainer was training one of her dogs for the Los Angeles Opera with Placido Domingo. She got tired of not being able to walk and talk (which was difficult as a court reporter) and decided to become a dog trainer since everyone was asking her how to train their dogs – she was fortunate to start at the top.

She was the first dog trainer/behavior consultant concurrently certified by 5 dog trainer organizations – The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors, Association of Animal Behavior Professionals, and the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. She is a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.

She owns and operates the following websites:

Her writing career was born when she began writing articles for her website DoggieManners.com.  She has written several books on dog and puppy training including the first book about Puppy Socialization written by a certified dog consultant.  She has a wicked sense of humor and lives in Los Angeles with 2 dogs and a 42-year-old macaw, which she humorously refers to as her longest relationship.

Visit Caryl's website.

Articles by This Author

dog dental problems
Are Some Dogs at Risk for Dental Issues?

A number of factors contribute to canine dental disease, including breed, size, age, and chewing habits. Does your dog meet the criteria on this list? Learn about the risk factors and how to prevent doggie dental issues.

dogs chewing
Chew on This, not That

There are some things you should never let your dog chew, including some toys that dogs really love but aren't safe. So what are some guidelines to help you choose safe toys for your dog to chew?

walking puppies
Leash Training Puppies: Part 2, Walking Your Puppy

This is part 2 of the series on leash training puppies. The first part was about the prep and getting him used to his collar or harness. Now we'll introduce your puppy to walking on the leash outside.

puppy cost
Unexpected Costs for New Puppy Parents

Are you thinking of becoming a new puppy parent? Everybody wants a puppy! Who can resist those soulful eyes and wagging tail? But before we get a dog, we need to know the costs so we can plan to give him the best home and care. Puppies ain't cheap!

walking puppies
Leash Training Puppies: Part 1, Introducing the Collar or Harness

This is a 2-part article on leash training puppies. The first part is about the prep and getting him used to his collar or harness, and the second is about the mechanics of training.

Prevent Dog Bites
10 Safety Tips to Prevent Dog Bites

You may think you have the sweetest, best behaved dog in the world, but you cannot guarantee that your dog will never bite. Some dog bites happen when the dog is uncomfortable because someone is trying to take something away from him, make him do something he does not want to do, or making him feel afraid or threatened. Learn how to reduce the possibility that your dog will bite.

signs of stress anxiety in dogs
10 Signs Your Dog Is Stressed

Do you know when your dog is happy or sad? How about when he's scared or nervous? We should pay close attention to signs of stress in our dogs because those can lead to unwanted, or aggressive, behaviors. Dogs generally give more subtle signs before aggression becomes full blown. Sometimes we may see all of these signs, but sometimes not - or they progress so quickly that we miss them. Look for these 10 signs to see if your dog is stressed or anxious.

When Can You Start Training Your Puppy
When Can You Start Training Your Puppy?

From potty training to obedience training, your puppy has a lot to learn. Get your puppy training started on the right paw with this guide to beginner training for puppies.

Which Puppy Toy Is Best?

Your puppy loves playing with toys because it simulates the "hunt," helps him with teething, and prevents boredom. Boredom means destruction of carpets, furniture, baseboards, etc. Puppies should have safe toys that they like. Here are some tips to choosing the right toy for your puppy.

How to Use an Indoor/Outdoor Potty for Toilet Training

Portable pet toilets are a convenient, portable alternative to traditional pee pads or newspaper training. They make it much easier to house train puppies and prevent accidents for dogs of any age.

Your Puppy’s Age Matters

Puppies go through developmental stages just like children do. When your puppy is 6 months old, that's the equivalent of 12 years in a human life. Because of their rapid developmental periods, you can go to bed with one puppy and wake up the next morning with an entirely different puppy. What does your puppy learn how to do at each stage?

Puppy Socialization for Breeders

The single most important factor in choosing a puppy is choosing a breeder or rescue that has interacted with the puppies and begun the socialization process.

Continuing Your Puppy’s Socialization

You just brought your new puppy home. Congratulations! You can help him become a stable, healthy adult by getting him used to the people, places, and things he will encounter as an adult.

Puppy Socialization

Start your puppy's socialization early. Puppy owners were told to wait until puppy shots were complete before taking puppies outside, which is equivalent to keeping a child housebound until he is 12 years old!

Potty Training Basics

Potty training a puppy is more people training than puppy training. Your puppy knows how to pee and poop - he just doesn't know where you want him to do it. That's where you come in.