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Use of Rewards

Reinforcement can include treats, praise, petting, or a favorite toy or game. Since most dogs are food motivated, treats can work especially well for training. Next to food and toys, dogs love attention! Instead of or in addition to using treats and toys during your next training session, reward your dog by providing praise, affection, […]

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Catching in the Act!

To be an effective trainer, correction or praise should occur when the dog is in the act of the behavior you are trying to eliminate or reinforce. That way, the dog can connect his behavior to your reaction. Most dogs want to please their owners and if your timing is spot on, your dog will […]

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PLAY! Pt 2

How to Teach your dog how to play. Simple guidelines to help you on your way to a tugging fend! • DON’T LOOM OVER YOUR DOG WHEN TUGGING: Bending over your dog can intimidate and even squash his desire to play. For a small dog or puppy beginning by sitting on the floor. If needed, […]

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What are YOUR most important foundational skills?

Over the years, many people have asked me what I train first with a new puppy or dog. First, I feel it is important to build a relationship and rapport with the new pup. To do this, I play games, such as COOKIE TOSS game and tug. Although I do some other behaviors, such as […]

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LEADER OF THE PACK

Dogs are naturally pack animals. In a family situation with people, a dominant/pushy dog may “test” his place in the pack by asserting himself.  This may be done in subtle ways such as nudging your hand for petting, stealing objects or going out doors before you do.  More extreme ways he may assert himself  can […]

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Getting frustrated when training???

Some people grind their teeth or hold their breath while training while others clench their fists or rattle off a string of swearwords. When the frustration of training your dog comes to a boil, there are a countless number of ways to respond. Keep in mind that our dogs can get very frustrated, too! Especially […]

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5 QUICK DOG TRAINING TIPS

  Training your dog can be very rewarding yet still an incredibly frustrating experience. It is especially difficult if you have no past experience in dog training. If you are having trouble in your quest to have a well-trained dog, this article will give you five tips to help you train your pet.   1. […]

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TRAINING IS 24/7

When is the best time to train your dog? The answer is all the time! Dog training is done 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, whether you know it or not. Bad habits are created during everyday life scenarios. For example, if Spot jumps up on you and then you pet him, you […]

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WHO is Calling the Shots?

or Getting Control of a PUSHY Dog. Building rapport and becoming an obvious leader figure by being consistent in all interactions with your dog is the best way to start getting a handle on that pushy pet. Teach your dog to defer to you by sitting and waiting quietly for anything he wants. This includes […]

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Give IT Back!

It can be so irritating when your dog grabs something he should not have.  Often it becomes a struggle to get the object back.  Wouldn’t it be great not to have to fight and chase your dog when he picks up something he shouldn’t have! Just teach your dog to “Give it Back!”. When teaching […]

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