Category: Training Tips

Posts that include various training tips and instructions

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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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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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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Bark Park Etiquette

Bark Park Etiquette

Everyone wants to take their dog to the Bark Park at least once so that their dog can romp and play with their other canine buddies.  But not all dogs are good candidates for the bark park.  The rule of thumb is all dogs that are healthy and friendly are welcome.  Not …

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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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