Archive for the 'Puppy Training ' Category

The Top 5 Things Your Puppy Wishes You Wouldn’t Do

The Top 5 Things Your Puppy Wishes You Wouldn’t Do

There are a few things that pretty much everyone does, but your puppy kind of wishes that you wouldn’t. The truth is, these things that you do make it more difficult for him to learn and grow up to be...

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How and Why to Teach Your Dog “Leave It”

How and Why to Teach Your Dog “Leave It”

“Leave It” is one of the most important commands you can teach your dog! When teaching my puppy class just last week, we were discussing “impulse control”, and teaching the dog not to steal things from your hand (close to...

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Actually, You Have Taught Your Dog To NEVER Come When Called!

Actually, You Have Taught Your Dog To NEVER Come When Called!

It is amazing how many people teach their puppies and dogs the exact opposite of what they think they are working toward! We think in human terms. We don’t take time to consider how dogs learn, and how terribly inconsistent...

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The 6 Reasons You Are Ruining Your Dog’s “Stay” Command

The 6 Reasons You Are Ruining Your Dog’s “Stay” Command

The “Stay” command is often the “bane” of dog owners’ obedience training. And, even those who get a decent “stay,” often end up losing it completely. It is pretty easy to understand if you read these points… The 6 Reasons...

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The Top 4 Signs Your Dog Needs More Exercise

The Top 4 Signs Your Dog Needs More Exercise

Dogs need exercise. And, let me tell you, that a short stroll around the block to pick up the mail is not exercise. A 3-mile stroll around the park is also not really “exercise” for your dog. Your dog is...

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What Your Dog Needs Daily, But is Wildly Ignored by Everyone

What Your Dog Needs Daily, But is Wildly Ignored by Everyone

I’ll admit it, I’m dating. However, I will lie and deny it so that my brother doesn’t find out. 😉 I am pretty sure he wants me to die alone in a bus full of cats. And, I know I...

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6 Indoor Activities to Entertain Your Bored Dog

6 Indoor Activities to Entertain Your Bored Dog

Weather often forces us to be inside the house during the day. It may be rainy, or freezing, or too hot to function outside safely. And, although I don’t embrace blaming the weather as an excuse for not taking your...

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Why Mentally Stimulated Dogs are Happier and Better Adjusted

Why Mentally Stimulated Dogs are Happier and Better Adjusted

There is a common misconception that happy dogs should just be “dogs”, and live life with little to no training or rules. The truth is, these dogs are actually miserable. Ironically, they often also become aggressive as a result! Imagine...

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How To Calm Your Dog During a Thunderstorm

How To Calm Your Dog During a Thunderstorm

I hate to start off any article so negatively… but I need you to understand that there is little to nothing that you can do to calm your dog DURING a thunderstorm. If your dog has thunderstorm phobia and a...

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Self-Rewarding Behaviors and Why They Matter in Dog Training

Self-Rewarding Behaviors and Why They Matter in Dog Training

I use the term “self-rewarding behavior” quite a bit when talking about dog training! And, although it seems logical to me as a trainer, it is sometimes difficult for the average pet owner to understand. “Self-Rewarding Behaviors” Broken Down A...

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