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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  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.

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Articles by This Author

How Do I Keep My Dog Safe From Heat Illnesses in the Car?
How Do I Keep My Dog Safe From Heat Illnesses in the Car?

Let me say at the outset that I am 100% against leaving dogs in hot cars. However, there may be an emergency where you can't leave your dog at home, and that's what this article is...

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.

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.

Things to Do with Your Dog on the National Day of Unplugging
Things to Do with Your Dog on the National Day of Unplugging

March 8 is the National Day of Unplugging, where people pledge to unplug from social media and online activities for 24 hours. How about spending some of your newly-found free time with your...

Why do dogs love peanut butter?
Why do dogs love peanut butter?

March 1 is National Peanut Butter Lovers Day. What is it about peanut butter that dog's love? Well, I scratched my head on this one because I've been involved with dogs for decades and...

Planning for a Pet-Friendly Destination
Planning for a Pet-Friendly Destination

One of the top resolutions people have is to travel more. Some destinations are more dog friendly than others. How should you make your decision when deciding where to go? First, decide...

Exercising with Your Dog
Exercising with Your Dog

Each New Year, many of us make resolutions. This year, why not resolve to get some exercise with your dog? There are exercises you can do every day in your home and also organized clubs to...

Travel Safety Tips
Taking Your Pet on Vacation

Planning and preparation are the keys to safe travel with your cat or dog. Research beforehand to make sure that pets are allowed at en route and destination hotels and that your pet does not...

Am I giving my dog too many treats?
Am I giving my dog too many treats?

How would you like to ensure that you can keep your dog alive longer? It can be done – just exercise him, don’t overfeed him, and feed him a good quality food. Obesity is one of the most...

Hiking With Dogs
Hiking With Dogs

Soon temperatures will be cooling down, and it will be perfect weather for hiking. We'll talk about best practices for taking novice dogs on short hikes, rather than long day treks or...

Travelling with Dogs
Traveling with Dogs

The holiday travel season is coming up. Many people will hit the road for one last vacation before summer ends. Plus, Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner. What are some best...

Getting Your Pet in a Back-to-School Routine
Getting Your Pet in a Back-to-School Routine

During the summer, your schedule may have been a little more relaxed or you may have adopted a new dog because you and your family had some extra time to spend with bonding and training. Now...

Help your pet beat the heat.
Boating With Your Dog

If you will be spending time out on the water and taking your dog boating with you, you might want to look at some safety tips so you both enjoy the trip.

Help your pet beat the heat.
Keeping Dogs Cool During the Summer

Depending on which part of the country you are located, temperatures can soar during the summer. Heat dangers can happen quickly indoors and out. Here are some do's and don'ts to make sure your dogs are safe in the heat.

Disaster Planning for Your Pets
Disaster Planning for Your Pets

National Pet Preparedness Month is timed for the first month of hurricane season and urges people with pets to make preparations in case they should be hit by a disaster...and that includes making plans for what to do with your dog in case of natural (hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, tornadoes, floods) or manmade (terrorist attacks, power outages, fires, street closures due to traffic accidents, chemical spills, or police activity) disasters. Let's look at ways to be ready in case disaster strikes.

Easter Scavenger Hunt
Create an Easter Scavenger Hunt for Your Dog

While kids are participating in Easter Egg hunts, we want our pups to have an activity, too. Here's a DIY version of putting together a scavenger hunt for a dog.

Dog on Dog Aggression
Dog on Dog Aggression

You're walking your dog, and he is loosey-goosey, smelling the ground, taking in the scenery - until he sees another dog. Then bam, he's barking and lunging on a leash, catching you off guard.

Why does this happen, and how can you fix it?

dog pulling on leash
Running With Your Dog

Soon winter will be gone, and you may think about taking your dog for a run. How can you do it safely for both of you? How do you prepare your dog for running? What's 's the best gear? While running with your dog, what are some things to be on the lookout for? Here's the "bare bones" to get you started safely.

dog pulling on leash
Walking With Your Dog

February 22nd is Walking the Dog Day. Many people love taking their dogs on adventures near and far, but what are the chances you could be pushing your dog too hard?

Paper Training
Pros and Cons of Paper Training for Puppies

All puppies have to pee and poop, and each owner/guardian needs to choose where their toilet area is going to be based on their lifestyle and circumstances. There are many toilet options, one of which is paper training along with its very close relative, pee pad training.

christmas puppies
Puppies for Christmas

Can you get a puppy for the holidays? Sure. But instead of having the puppy pop out of a pretty present, do it differently. First, remember that if you are getting a puppy for your kids, it is still your puppy. Even if you are getting it to teach your kids responsibility, the ultimate caretaker is you. So you have to want a puppy - and the time and expense that comes with it!

dog pulling on leash
Could Pulling on the Leash Hurt Your Dog?

Your dog pulls while walking on a leash, which can lead to gagging and coughing. Your response may be to jerk the leash to stop him, but there can be long-lasting effects on his health. Discover the safest way to walk and stop your dog's pulling.

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?

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!

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.