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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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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What does it mean to SPOIL A DOG?

This is one of my favorite articles that I had to share with all of you!

By Karla Gardner Hamlin, B.S. RVT.  Published in Off Leash, March/April 2003

The literature is full of it.  The breed books warn against it.  Spoiling a dog is cautioned against as it is said to cause behavior problems in …

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Fear Based Dog Reactivity – Use Desensitization & Counter Conditioning

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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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Fun Games… Serious Skills

Who says you can’t have fun while training your dog!   Here are 4 games that you can play with your dog and practice his obedience skills all at the same time!

HIDE AND SEEK

2 people method:  Have one player, Jane, hold the dog while the other person, John, goes and hides.  The first few …

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