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Why Hire A Trainer?

Why Hire A Trainer? As a professional dog trainer, I often get caught up in conversations online and in person where I advise people to find a certified dog trainer. I tend to get a bunch of excuses or “reasons” why that’s not an option.  This actually just happened to me last week on a social media site where an acquaintance …

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Breed of the Week: Spanish Water Dog

Spanish Water Dog Appearance: The Spanish Water Dog is a medium sized dog standing at approximately 16-19 inches and weighing approximately 30-45lbs.  This breed has a characteristically single layer curly coat that was originally sheared like a sheep seasonally. The coat requires minimal to moderate care and can be a solid brown, black, beige or white, or potentially parti-colored with …

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Dogs & Generalizing

Dogs & Generalizing You may or may not have heard that dogs are poor at generalizing and that you should practice in all different places.  What exactly does this mean? Generalizing a behavior for your dog means teaching them that a cue means the same thing in any environment or scenario.  For example, “sit” means “put your bottom on the ground” …

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Breed of the Week: Bernese Mountain Dog

Bernese Mountain Dog Appearance: Bernese Mountain Dogs stand at 23-27 inches and weigh approximately 100lbs.  A large dog with an expansive coat, this breed is most known for its tri-color pattern and expressive eyes.  The Bernese Mountain Dog requires moderate to excessive grooming and sheds year round. Temperament: The Bernese Mountain Dog was bred to pull weight in cool climates and …

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Begging

Begging What is begging? Begging is what we call a dog’s general behavior when they bother their humans during meals or for attention/play.  Why do dogs beg? Because they are not dumb and you have something they want and maybe, just maybe, you have rewarded this behavior in the past accidentally or on purpose. Remember rewarded behavior will be repeated; …

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Hand Targets

Hand Targets If you read the last Perfect Pooch blog (http://perfect-pooch.com/recall-why-most-dogs-dont-really-know-how/) you already know that many dogs do not really know how a recall works or why it’s worth it to come when called.  Hopefully you have been working on this super important behavior and plan to continue working on it for the life of your dog. Remember- if you don’t …

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Recall – Why Most Dogs Don’t Really Know How

Recall – Why Most Dogs Don’t Really Know How Recall is a fancy word for being able to call your pooch back to you at any time.  This behavior is typically considered one of the most important behaviors a dog living in our society must be able to do. A recall is only as good as its reinforcement history allows it to …

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When You’re Done Training, Now What?

When You’re Done Training, Now What? When asked, “Have you started any training with your dog?” many owners report that they have already completed training.  They’ve taken a pet store class or two, or maybe they had a trainer come to the house soon after getting their puppy and now they’re done.  So they say.  When you ask a trainer …

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Vaccinations

Vaccinations As a trainer and an employee of a dog care facility, I get to work with a lot of different dogs and a lot of different veterinarians.  Your vet should help guide all of the health decisions you make for your dog, but your breeder or rescue may also have recommendations.  Your daycare or trainer will also have requirements …

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The Leash

  The Leash I see dozens, if not hundreds, of dogs each week and every dog is generally wearing some combination of a collar,  harness and/or leash.  Unfortunately, most of the dogs I see do not understand the purpose of the leash or are being walked on an inappropriate leash. What’s the big deal?  A leash is essentially some form …

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