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Group Classes

Group Classes There are plenty of options out there for dog training. Literally any one can call themselves a dog trainer and conduct lessons or classes its important to figure out the best trainer and training type for your dog. I am not going to focus on how to pick the right trainer, though I do recommend utilizing the expertise …

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What Is Breed Specific Legislation?

What Is Breed Specific Legislation? Breed specific legislation, or BSL, are any laws or regulations that discriminate based on breed.  Period.  So what’s the big deal? There has been a lot of talk recently in the news and around the web regarding these policies, but why?  This type of policy exists in the hope to protect people from potential danger.  …

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Building A Relationship With Your Dog

Building A Relationship With Your Dog Everyone who works with or competes with a dog knows that you need to have a solid relationship in order to perform at peak levels.  While people used to use the idiom, “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you” as a guideline for working with a dog, we now know that feeding your dog …

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Halloween Hints

Halloween Hints Halloween is a fun and spooky time of year for everyone but it is important to keep a few important things in mind to ensure a safe experience for your pooch. The most obvious risk to your dog is ingesting candy. Everyone knows chocolate and chemical sweeteners, such as xylitol, can be dangerous to your dog. In reality, chocolate …

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Uncommon Common Sense

Uncommon Common Sense There are plenty of things we do with our dogs that make perfect sense to us, but don’t quite work for our dogs.  What do you do when common sense doesn’t work? Unfortunately, dogs don’t quite think the way we do which can lead to plenty of frustrating behaviors or misbehaviors.  Some of these have even been …

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Stress

Stress You may have heard that there are good stressors and bad stressors in the world, but what does that mean for our dogs?  Dogs obviously feel what we consider to be bad stress. If you have ever had a dog scared of thunderstorms or the mailman, you have seen what a stressed out dog can look like.  Some less obvious …

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Public Access

Public Access Every week I field a few calls from interested prospective clients looking to train their pet to become a service dog. However, I often find that people are confusing service dogs with therapy dogs or an emotional support animal. More and more people are now utilizing dogs for various tasks that make them more visible in public places, which is amazing!  …

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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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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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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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