All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Perfect Pooch’

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Luring & Rewarding vs. Bribing

Luring & Rewarding vs. Bribing If you have trained with Perfect Pooch this year, you probably heard a lot about rewarding your dog for 90% of their good behaviors until they have a 90% proficiency rate.  You were probably also told, more than once, to get the treat out of your command hand!  Why is it so important to reward …

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Breed of the Week: Cane Corso

Cane Corso Appearance: A large breed, the Cane Corso stands at 23-27 inches and ideally weighs 88-99lbs. The Corso often has cropped ears and tail giving them an imposing appearance.  With a tight short coat of almost any color, the Cane Corso requires minimal grooming. Temperament: Initially bred for protection, the Cane Corso bonds closely with family members but can …

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Back to School

Back to School Summer is officially over. It may not feel that way outside, but kids are back to school this week and the daylight hours are dwindling.  All that free time at home and extra hours playing outside are over, for you and for your dog.  As the school year routine kicks into full gear, it is important to remember that …

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Breed of the Week: Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise Appearance: The Bichon Frise stands at 9.5-11.5 inches and can weigh anywhere from 11 to 15 lbs.  A small square dog, this breed is most often characterized by their dense white coat which requires moderate to excessive care. Most pet owners choose to keep the coat short in a puppy cut.  They have bright alert expressions with black …

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Rituals: What They Are & How They Can Be Awesome

Rituals: What They Are & How They Can Be Awesome Most people have some sort of ritual behavior that they engage in daily with their dog.  For some people this is their morning walk along the same route, for others it might be a few minutes of cuddling in bed before starting the day.  Maybe you always greet your dog …

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Breed of the Week: Miniature Pinscher

Miniature Pinscher Appearance: The Miniature Pinscher, or Min Pin, stands at 10-12 inches in height and weighs approximately 8-11 lbs.  This small breed is well balanced and short coated with a single layer tight coat that can be red, black and tan, or chocolate and tan, similar to the larger Doberman Pinscher.  They require minimal grooming and are generally characterized …

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“Small Dogs” Are Still Dogs

“Small Dogs” Are Still Dogs Plenty of people, and I’m sure you know at least one person like this, make excuses for their small dog’s poor behavior. And let’s be honest, a growling Chihuahua is definitely less threatening than a growling German Shepherd.  It’s also a little less weird to see someone toting around a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in a bag …

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Breed of the Week: Mastiff

Mastiff Appearance: The Mastiff, often called the English Mastiff, is a heavy boned breed that stands over 28 inches tall at the shoulder.  Large and rectangular, this breed has a tight flat coat that needs minimal care and excess skin, particularly around the neck and more prominent in males.  The Masitff can be fawn, apricot, or brindle in color and …

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Resource Guarding

Resource Guarding

Resource Guarding Resource guarding is a challenging and potentially dangerous behavior where a dog does not allow people or other dogs near a resource.  That sounds fairly vague but most people can easily imagine a dog “guarding” a bone or another precious item. The guarding behavior can generally be seen as the following: stiffening when approached, showing whale-eye or the whites …

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Breed of the Week: Norwegian Elkhound

Norwegian Elkhound Appearance: The Norwegian Elkhound stands at approximately 20 inches and weighs 45-55 lbs.  A heavy coated square breed, the Elkhound has pricked ears and a tightly curled tail accenting their alert expression.  This breed requires at least moderate grooming; though cutting the hair is not recommended, due to their dense undercoat and heavy shedding. Temperament: An active and …

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