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Leash Reactivity

Leash Reactivity One of the most common behavior concerns we deal with is leash reactivity in other wise friendly dogs.  Reactivity, in the simplest sense, is an overreaction to stimuli in the environment, most commonly other dogs or people. Leashes, fences and other barriers tend to exaggerate this overreaction and cause a class of behaviors referred to as barrier, or …

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Growls Are Good

Growls are Good That sounds like a strange title, right?  Who would want to have a dog that growls?  Well, if you look at it from a behavior and training perspective, growling is in fact a good thing in many cases. Growling is an obvious form of communication and can often lead to bite prevention.  A dog who is growling …

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Winter Socialization

Winter Socialization Getting a puppy in the winter can be very appealing: holiday puppies can be adorable in photo opts, long chilly nights spent indoors seem like perfect bonding time, and everyone wants to come home to a wiggly, happy puppy after a cold wet day. There is also the appeal of having a well-behaved dog by summer break. What …

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Recall Rehab

Recall Rehab

Recall Rehab In a previous post we discussed recalls and how to teach them as simply as possible (http://perfect-pooch.com/recall-why-most-dogs-dont-really-know-how/), but there is one type of situation where I see a recall ruined the most that I wanted to discuss today. I have seen plenty of dogs ignore their owners recall and plenty of owners using their recall incorrectly. The one …

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