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The Dangers of Fireworks and Your Pets

The Dangers of Fireworks and Your Pets

The fourth of July can be overwhelming for your pets. Even the most secure pet can show signs of apprehension and fear while fireworks are going on around them. Not only are fireworks loud, your pet can also be frightened by the abnormal flashing of lights, the ear-piercing sound as the miniature missiles take flight and the smell of fire and burning debris; all of their senses can kick into the fight or flight response and send your pet fleeing in terror. Some dogs may try to escape by jumping a fence, digging a hole or even breaking windows.

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Puppies 101

Puppies 101

I forgot just how much work and effort a new little life is but it reminds me of the importance of setting your puppies up for success in the very beginning of life. You have a lot of work to do, and so do I! Get your puppy out and set him up for success. It is our responsibility as doggy parents to make certain that we are setting our dogs up for becoming the best pets possible! Dogs are and investment in not only money but also time, effort and emotional bonding, we owe it to ourselves and to them to give them the skills they need to thrive.

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Preparing For and Dealing with Thunderstorms

Preparing For and Dealing with Thunderstorms

Many dogs have adverse reactions to thunderstorms. Care and training must be taken to help your dog never develop these problems and to deal with them if they already exist. There are many things that can be done to help your dog feel better during storms.

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Exercise the Crucial Element

Exercise the Crucial Element

Most all dogs and people can benefit to adding to their exercise regimen, unless of course they have a heart condition. Exercise lowers our blood pressure, can uplift our moods, and can even decrease our chances for developing certain diseases. These benefits are also obtainable to your dog. If you sincerely want to give your dog a shot at being a good pet and pleasing you, you need to give him sufficient exercise. Not only will his body benefit from the payback of exercise, but he will be spending time with you listening to your voice and hopefully working on obedience and your bond as he exercises and becomes weary.

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Puppy Temperament Testing; Does it Really Benefit You?

Puppy Temperament Testing; Does it Really Benefit You?

While puppy temperament testing can provide some insight into a puppy’s personality, there are serious limitations on the temperament test’s ability to predict how a dog will behave when it reaches adulthood. Far and away, the most important factor in...

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Achieving a Higher Level of Reliable Obedience

Achieving a Higher Level of Reliable Obedience

Every time you work with your dog in a fun and positive manner and you work together towards a common goal, you are solidifying your place in your furry pack and your dog is learning to have fun listening to you. The more fun you have together, the more time you will find to spend together and you build a bond of respect that will last a lifetime. So get out there and spend some fun time together as you reestablish your bond and your dog learns to listen to your every command!

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Nose Work 2 Continuing Nose Games

Nose Work 2 Continuing Nose Games

Nose Work 2 will teach you how to do intermediate nose games and begin to put this information together at home and away for more fun and games for both of you. Have fun with this game and training! This is good exercise for you and also good for your dog, for his mind and his body! This is also something that can be played inside on a rainy day, or a HOT Southern day, and can be taken outside basically anywhere. You can play this with friends and family and you can also play this with multiple dogs and see whose nose is better. I love playing this game and adding more distractions and levels of difficulty for my dog

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Consistency

Consistency

The key to dog training is to be consistent, especially in the learning stages, with your dog. Your dog cannot reason or understand the minute differences. In order to set your dog up for success, you must make sure that you remain consistent, always. Make a plan and stick to it, make sure everyone in the household listens and accepts responsibility for training and working with your dog.

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Scent Discrimination and the Passive Alert

Scent Discrimination and the Passive Alert

Scent Discrimination is fun for your dog, you are teaching him how to use his nose to please you and which scent you want him to locate. This training is exciting for him and should be a fun game for you both. Passive alerting means that your dog either sits or lays down and waits once it finds the scent. Grabbing the item, barking or scratching is not an active alert and can pose dangers or problems for some dogs.

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Nose Work 1 an Introduction to Nose Games

Nose Work 1 an Introduction to Nose Games

If a dog’s mind is not entertained, he will find his own hobby to engage in, but often dogs choose inappropriate behavior such as; barking, digging, chewing, ripping up carpeting, eating drywall, chasing children, stealing, and other general naughtiness. Nose work 1 will give you the basic techniques to teach your dog to use his most powerful sense.

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