Dog Games that Reinforce Obedience Commands

Dog catching treat

Dog training doesn’t need to be all about hard work.  It is proven that dogs learn faster when your training sessions are short, 10-15 minutes a couple times a day.  Repetition is the key for all the things you teach your dog.   Below are a couple of games that you can play with your dog …

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Loose Leash Walking – A Refresher

The weather is finally getting warmer!  You and Fido have serious cabin fever and you are ready to get out side and start walking in the fresh air and soak in the sun!   The problem is everyone has the same idea!  So as you and Fido are getting out there for the first time since …

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12 Steps to Successfully Training Your Dog!

When working with your dog, training mistakes are common, but easy to avoid if you know what you are doing.

1.  DON’T PUNISH – Physical punishment significantly hinders the learning process.  Stay calm, don’t yell or get frustrated if your dog doesn’t do the command immediately!  User your reward and negative markers to shape your …

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Markers, Cues, Release Words – Fundamentals of Dog Training

Teaching a dog a cue

When training your dog, it is most important to understand the difference between Markers, Cues, and  release words.  As you dog’s leader and trainer, you must also use each of these correctly and consistently.

Cues:

Most people refer to cues as  commands.  Example of cues are words that indicate that your dog should take action, …

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Fear Based Dog Reactivity – Use Desensitization & Counter Conditioning

What is Fear Based Dog Reactivity/Aggression? 

In dog training fear based dog reactivity is usually defined as “a feeling of apprehension associated with the presence or proximity of a person, dog/animal, or situation (either social or environmental)

What Causes Fear Reactivity/Aggression? 

The #1 reason is generally lack of quality and positive socialization.   Dogs who are …

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ACL (Acute Cruciate Ligament) Injury – Kane’s Journey

Kane

For those of you who know my dog Kane, no introduction is needed.  But for those of you who have not met Kane, let me tell you a few things about him.  He is a large American Staffordshire Terrier/American Bull Dog mix, who at first look, many people think he is scary, he is not! …

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