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Harmful Good Intentions

Harmful Good Intentions Every few months some video or image pops up in the media with the intention to dispel dog breed bias or illustrate the kindness or trainability of “bully” breeds.  We all love to see these images and anyone who has ever lived with and loved a dog can appreciate the messages behind these lovely posts.  Unfortunately, a …

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Make Training Fun!

Make Training Fun! Last week I brought up plenty of fun ways to keep your pooch active this winter (see: http://perfect-pooch.com/indoor-fun/).  One thing I left out was the opportunity to work through training exercises in a fun and meaningful way. For most people, training your dog can be a chore, if you work on training your dog at all.  Training …

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Indoor Games

Indoor Fun

Indoor Fun Winter is here! Snow, cold weather and shorter days are finally upon us. If you have an active or playful dog, this can mean more time spent indoors and potentially more home destruction than you care to imagine. Knowing that your dog needs more stimulation and energy expenditure, there is plenty you can do to entertain your pup …

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Breed of the Month: Pomeranian

Pomeranian Appearance: The Pomeranian is the smallest Finnish Spitz-type dog, standing at only 5-11 inches at the shoulder and weighing 3-7lbs.   This diminutive breed is most easily recognized by its profuse double coat which can come in any color or combination of colors.  This breed requires regular grooming and is often described as being fox-like in appearance. Temperament: An extremely …

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New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions This time of year many of us are making New Year’s Resolutions and some of us are already letting them slip.  While most resolutions end up on the back burner by Valentine’s Day, there are a few simple goals you can set for your pooch this year that might even tie in with your own personal goals: …

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Drive Blog

Dog Drives

I was in a class recently with my dog and a few other training teams (yes, I still take classes and seminars with my dogs, see: http://perfect-pooch.com/when-youre-done-training-now-what/) when the concept of ‘drive’ came up in discussion.  Lately there has been quite a bit of talk in training circles about drives and motivation, but I don’t think most owners understand these concepts …

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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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