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Keep a Good Dog Good

Keep a Good Dog Good

Muzzles keep a good dog good. This very intelligent sweetie is learning that friends = tasty treats at the park. Off leash, she’s fine. She’s a regular at a doggy daycare and has a family with kids that absolutely adore her. But leash frustration is a real thing and mislabeling our dogs can make matters worse. Thankfully, her handler is…

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Getting Creative

Getting Creative

Being creative during reinforcement delivery is so important when working with a dog that is uncomfortable taking treats from a hand. Thankfully, we have this delicious tube of peanut butter that helps alleviate some of that stress. The dog doesn’t have to feel uncomfortable taking a treat directly from the handler, it gives the handler a few more inches in…

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Not Everyone is a “Good” Citizen

Not Everyone is a “Good” Citizen

This is an interesting perspective. I recommend this reading because you have to learn from or at least understand those that you don’t always agree with. As a AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and a trainer that understands the complexity of a dog’s emotional state, I see both sides of this. Although I don’t agree that it should be required…

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Management vs. Training

Originally posted on 1/4/19. Did you know there is a difference between dog training and behavior management? Dog training is teaching a specific behavior to be used at a specific time. It helps to improve communication and gives guidance to the dog. These are your obedience or trick training skills like sit, stay, shake etc. You can use these as…

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The Dreaded Doorbell

Originally posted on 12/30/18. A common issue pet owners have is the dreaded doorbell or someone knock. So much that, we have handout specifically for this topic. To help those with this issue, management can be used to help alleviate the excitement or stress when someone arrives. Consider putting sign up next your doorbell or on the door. Have your…

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Dog Parks

Dog Parks

Originally posted on 12/30/18. Dog parks are a “double edged sword” and your dog either likes them or dislikes them. That being said, they have been beneficial for dogs that are generally social with other dogs and ones that may be adolescent and are learning. However, it’s not the best place to train a fearful or shy dog how to…

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