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Young Dog Interactions

Dealing with a multigenerational dog family? Or do you have a young dog who doesn’t know how to take a hint? Dogs are not always great at knowing how to interact with other dogs appropriately, especially young dogs. Whenever you add a puppy to the family it is important to teach your youngster that other dogs do not always appreciate …

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Prey Drive and Play

Prey Drive and Play Dogs are descended from wolves. In fact, they are so closely related that they can interbreed and create viable young. Being that wolves are predators, this means that dogs also have a formidable prey drive. They enjoy the hunt! Through the process of domestication we have exaggerated some behaviors in some dogs and limited those behaviors …

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The Recall Game

The Recall Game Does your pooch come when you call them?  Do they come every time? One of the most common answers a trainer will hear when they ask this questions is, “she comes when she wants to” or “he comes when he knows he is getting something for it.” The biggest problem with this answer is that your dog must …

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Loose Leash Walking

Loose Leash Walking We have already discussed various aspects of walking skills from the leash and other tools, how not to use a leash, and what to do if your dog is developing leash reactivity on walks. We have talked a lot about walking! Walking on leash is such an important part of the modern dog’s life that it warrants …

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Crate Games

Crate Games With school and work picking up for the Fall, there is a good chance that your dog is going to be spending more time in their crate if they are being crated when home alone. A crate is a great way to keep your dog, and your house, safe while you are away. Hopefully your dog loves their …

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Asking Questions

Asking Questions In the past few weeks, just as summer is drawing to a close and people are boarding their pets for last minute vacations, there have been a few news stories across the country of dogs ending up injured at the hands of so called “trainers.” See: Here, Here, or Here if you want to see just a few …

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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 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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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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