About Carol Lea Benjamin

Carol Lea Benjamin is a dog trainer and the author/illustrator of 28 books, most of them about dogs. She lives in New York City with her husband, Steve, and her Border Collie, Sky.

Old Tricks for New Puppies

Old Tricks for New Puppies

Training

Tricks are perfect for puppies. They’ll help your puppy learn to pay attention to words, and to you; they’ll demonstrate the joys of cracking a joke and making people laugh; they can reinforce training; make for a better partnership; instill confidence in a new puppy; and give you, the human partner, a chance to show […]

What Is a Reward? Every Dog Is Different

What Is a Reward? Every Dog Is Different

Training

When your dog does something you want her to repeat, you offer a reward. You may think of a reward as a tasty treat, a cheerful “Good dog,” or a pat on the head. These are all rewards that work for most dogs, helping to show them you’re happy about what they just did. But […]

How Long Does It Take to Train a Dog?

How Long Does It Take to Train a Dog?

Training

I am often asked how long it took to train my dog. I like it best when I am asked this question when I am walking Sky, who will be 14 in November, because my answer is always the same:  We’re still working on it. Pet owners often like to think of training as, say, […]

Lesson Plan Aids Training, Ensures Fun

Lesson Plan Aids Training, Ensures Fun

Training

Having a plan can help training sessions to go smoothly. Here’s what to consider to ensure you cover everything you want while allowing space for changes. Years ago, when I taught high school English in Brooklyn, New York, all the teachers had to submit weekly lesson plans explaining what we were going to teach each […]

A Wish List for Puppies

A Wish List for Puppies

Kittens & Puppies

When I was a little girl, we’d open the door in the morning and let the dog out. When he got hungry, he’d come home, hoping it was dinner time. In between, he played with his dog friends, hunted for crabs in the lagoons the jetties made on the beach, napped on someone’s porch or […]

Saying “No” to Hello

Saying “No” to Hello

Exercise & Enrichment

We’ve all been told our dogs need to socialize with other dogs and with people, leaving some of us with the notion that our dogs and puppies should go to the dog park often or greet every dog who pulls toward them on the street. No doubt about it, we humans love dogs and, more […]

How Much Exercise Does Your Dog Need?

How Much Exercise Does Your Dog Need?

Exercise & Enrichment

It’s natural to wonder exactly how much exercise your dog needs. Your friend, the marathoner, runs with her dog. Your neighbor, the lawyer, who is gone all day and half the evening, has a dog walker. When you were a kid, you couldn’t wait to get home from school to go exploring with your dog. […]