Archive | June, 2010

How to Train Loose Leash Walking

Do you have a stiff achy shoulder? Is one arm longer than the other? Are the muscles in one arm bulging and well developed? If so, you are probably suffering from a common syndrome found among the dog owning population called Dog Walker Dysfunction. Though no tiny purple pill has been developed for this problem, […]

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Top Three Dog Training Problems and Solutions

The top three  problems I deal with in my adult dog classes and puppy classes are very different. In my adult dog classes they are: Jumping up to greet people Pulling on the leash Not coming when called In my puppy classes they are: Housebreaking (potty training) Chewing Crate training There isn’t any overlap in […]

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Decorating Tips for Dog Parents

Reading Rod’s GoPetFriendly post earlier this week  gave me food for thought. Go read it if you want a good hardy chuckle. He wrote about living with two large, hairy dogs in a Winnebago. I haven’t met Rod, but I must say I think he is a fearless man. Two people, two dogs and 200-square-feet […]

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AKC Welcomes All-American Dogs

Well it’s about time! It only took, how many years? One hundred and twenty-five? Finally, the All American mixed breed dog can compete right alongside the purebred guys. Mixes, mutts, Heinz 57, All American – – call them what you will, they have sprung onto the American Kennel Club show scene. Canine Partners While the […]

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Ten Tips For a Successful “Take Your Dog To Work Day”

This Friday, June 25th is Take your Dog to Work Day! Yep. It’s that time of year again. Hard to believe this is the eleventh year for “Take Your Dog To Work Day.” Here are some tips to make this day a success for you, your dog, your colleagues, and even your boss. Check with […]

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How To Train Your Dog Without a Trainer

Don’t get me wrong. I’m a trainer so I am certainly not suggesting you train alone. But the fact is, not everyone can attend a class for a variety of reasons. The most common reasons for not taking a class are: Cost- Generally around $125-$175 varying regionally Time- Usually once a week for 6-8 weeks […]

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Three Bath Time Tips You’ve Never Heard

When bathing your dog, are you prepared for that inevitable shake from nose to tail that soaks you and leaves you smelling “doggy?” Is your dog anxious to get out of the tub? Are you afraid of getting suds in his eyes? Three Creative Solutions To forestall that inevitable sudsy shake, when you see the […]

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How To Choose A Dog Trainer

So you have a new puppy, and you want him to become a well-mannered member of the family and the envy of all your friends. Where do you begin? Finding A Good Fit With many different methods and approaches available, it is worth becoming familiar with them before choosing. Classes are available everywhere now, and […]

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The Science of Why You Love Your Dog

If you are reading this, then I am probably bloggin’ to the choir. Most of us recognize that our love for our pets is deep and perhaps a bit of a mystery to us and others. I am often reminded of this when I explain how I don’t sleep very well unless I have my dog  […]

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How Do You Introduce a Child To Your Dog?

by Guest Writer – Tina Harper, a friend and accredited trainer here in Austin. Let’s face it – most children LOVE dogs.  They have to go say “hi” to any pooch they see, especially if it looks like one that they either have at home or have interacted with in their daily lives. And, let’s […]

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