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People Greeting Dogs

People Greeting Dogs A few months ago we looked at how dogs greet each other on leash, or better yet, how they shouldn’t. We did not, however, address how you should greet dogs or ask people to greet your dog when they are on a leash. Earlier this week, I worked with a dog who is a little head shy, …

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August Newsletter

Here is this edition of  “The Pooch Press!” to help you get through the dog days of summer!  This month Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have claimed the breed of the month title while we turn our employee spotlight on Antoine! Our adorable foster pup Toad is waiting to jump into your arms- look at those feet!

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Praise

Praise As humans, we are able to understand the various ways words can be used. We understand that one word can have many meanings in various situations and that different words can be used to mean the same thing.  Unfortunately, your dog is not so lucky when it comes to verbal communication. Dogs are phenomenal at exhibiting and reading body …

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Why Are Some Behaviors Hard To Eliminate?

Why Are Some Behaviors Hard To Eliminate? Almost every dog has a behavior that the owners don’t enjoy. The most common offenders are jumping, pulling and barking. Since we know that we can train a dog to any number of behaviors using positive reinforcement, people often ask us to train their dog not to do a behavior and assume it’s …

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Is This Fun For Your Dog?

Is This Fun For Your Dog? Summertime is the arguably one of the best times to be a dog: long days, vacations with your family or to a fun kennel, lots to see and smell outdoors! Most people with well-behaved dogs do enjoy taking their dogs out with them and you will often see dogs at picnics, street festivals, hiking, …

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“My Dog Would Never Bite”

“My Dog Would Never Bite” “My dog would never bite” is always a favorite phrase for most trainers, veterinarians, and veterinary technicians.  There really is no such thing as never.  Is there a very low probability that your dog would bite under their normal routine circumstances? That’s very likely true.  The problem is, when most dogs do bite, it is …

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When Training Isn’t Really Training

When Training Isn’t Really Training Most people think of training as teaching a dog to perform a behavior on command or cue. For example, teaching a dog to sit when given a “sit” cue.  This is definitely one aspect of training and can be hugely beneficial and fun, especially when training complex behaviors or silly tricks!  There is, however, another …

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Punishment Defined

What Is Punishment? We can go on and on about the costs and benefits of punishing a dog or using punishment in dog training (or anything else for that matter), but for now we will simply define punishment and try to take the ugliness out of the word. Punishment itself is not bad. It does not cause harm, and it …

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Is it Time to Add a Second Dog?

Is Adding A Second Dog Right For You? You and your dog are settled in, you know what to expect and you’re enjoying the awesome relationship you have.  Puppyhood is over. You are finally done potty training and chew training, and all the extra work that comes with a young puppy.  Now is when many people start to think that …

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Runaway Pooches

What To Do When Your Dog Goes Missing Lately, social media has been up in arms posting every missing and lost dog, helping families reunite with their furry loved ones. It’s an amazing use of a huge network of individuals dealing with the sad reality that many dogs go missing every year.  Almost every dog owner can recount a moment when …

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