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Destroy Your Pet’s Destructive Behavior

Cleaning up your dog’s messes can be exhausting. Not to mention, expensive. Many pet owners have to come home to their new clothing ripped to shreds or their furniture wrecked to pieces. Before coming up with a solution to your dog’s destructive habits, it’s important to determine what’s setting off your dog’s war against your home. Take […]

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Quick Tip: How To Use Gooey Treats For Training

An important component when you are training your dog, is the immediate and timely rewarding of good behavior. With some dogs this is simply a scratch behind the ears, a toss of the ball or a few kind words.  But for the majority, when training NEW behaviors, the reward must be of a higher value.  […]

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The Ticklish Issue of Dominance

There are many trainers who base their dog training methods on a mistaken interpretation of some research done in the 60’s involving captive grey wolves, dominance and “the pack.“ These beliefs have become so entrenched in popular culture that while getting to know a new client I make it a point to find out where […]

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Halloween, Stranger Danger and Your Dog

Halloween characters and costumes may not be much of a treat for your dog, especially if this is his very first Halloween. Young dogs who have only been part of the family for a short while are especially vulnerable as they have probably not even experienced your seasonal wardrobe change. When the first cold front […]

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DINOSaurs,Dogs, and Bubbles

What’s the link between DINOSaurs, dogs and bubbles? There really is one! When I am preparing to teach a class to trainers, even if I have taught it before, I always poke around on the internet just to see if there is anything new related to what I am teaching. But this time around, I […]

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A Small Revolution In Dog Training

How or why urban myths get started is a mystery and not only to me. The phenomenon has been studied by academics and they do not fully agree on how it happens. But there does seem to be a consensus that two elements are typically present – lack of information and fear. One persistent belief […]

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Attention? Oh Please!

After reading an article in the Guardian concerning humans and “attention blindness” I have started to think more about what may occur with reactive dogs who are “over threshold.” The article referred to the results of a recent study undertaken whereby people were asked whether they felt they would take notice of something significant that […]

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Training Deaf Dogs

We often think of deaf dogs as having a limitation. But there is very little that  a deaf dog can’t dog if you are creative. All dogs do what works and deaf dogs are no different. They offer the same behaviors as hearing dogs. But communicating to them that some of their behaviors are more […]

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Rally ’Round For Rally-O

I suspect you might be seeing a lot about Rally – O on this blog in the near future. I’m really excited about teaching a clicker Rally class soon and my posts will follow what we are doing class.   Rally Obedience is a relatively new sport with the AKC adding it to their roster of […]

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Calling All Cookie Monsters and Treat Whores

“Me want Cookie! Me eat Cookie! Om nom nom nom. …Me want Cookie. Me eat Cookie” etc. Does this sound like your dog? Or does Fido fail to put out unless you show ‘em the money? In response to a post I wrote last week, Cyndi wrote “Great article! What about phasing off treats completely? At […]

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