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Wean Off LURES!

– Or shift responsibility to your dog! Once your dog understands what you expect, extra help such as verbal reminders, leg pats and leash cues should no longer be use.  In addition, at this stage,  and food should no longer be used as a lure. In the final stages of training, treat incentives become a […]

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I love getting a new puppy. However, it is no fun having to clean up mistakes on the floor. In order to teach a puppy to go potty outside, keep him in his crate if you are unable to watch him during the day and at night. As soon as your puppy wakes up, finishes […]

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Speak softly

or better yet not at all! Do you ever say “why doesn’t my dog listen to me?” In order for a dog to work with you, he must be thinking about you. He can’t hear what you are saying if he’s not paying attention. So, how do you teach your dog attention? Here are a […]

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Retractable leashes and why NOT to use them!

A retractable leash is a length of thin cord or belt wound around a spring-loaded device housed inside a plastic handle. The handles have a button on that controls how much of the cord/belt is extended and often have a locking mechanism. Retractable leashes are popular primarily because they allow a dog more freedom to […]


Nail Day!

Nail trimming is an important part of a regular grooming routine. If your dog’s nails get too long, they can break, which is painful and can result in an infection. Long nails also cause an irregular gait that leads to skeletal damage. Despite its importance, many people don’t like to trim their dog’s nails. When […]

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Socialization is so important!

Socialization is so very important when you get a new puppy. It is crucial that your puppy is neither over powered by nor overpowers another puppy or dog. Great social skills and communication will start your puppy on the road to being a great pet and companion! Spend time learning the different ways dogs communicate. […]

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The first time your puppy jumps on you, it may be cute. However, when he becomes full grown or you are wearing your best cloths his jumping on you may not be so cute anymore! When training your puppy, be aware of how you teach him to keep all 4 of his feet on the […]

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The Great Sport of Obedience

Published in the BCSA Borderlines Magazine History The first obedience trial was created in 1933 by Helen Whitehouse Walker of New York. By 1936, the AKC had adopted standards for obedience trials and trials were being held across the United States. For many years, competition obedience was the only “dog sport” available to people. As […]

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Weather isn’t so delightful!

Published in the BCSA Borderlines Magazine Weather is not always ideal for outdoors training. In fact, it is sometimes downright harsh and inconvenient! When cruel weather hits, or circumstances make it difficult to risk going outside for training, don’t despair! There are training activities that you can enjoy with your dog right in the comfort […]

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Thinking about taking online classes?

Published in the BCSA Borderlines Magazine Here is what you need to know and look for in online classes? Online dog training or e-learning has become a hot trend. Today your options are limitless on how and where to gather information about dog training, behavior modification, and competition training. Online classes are growing in popularity […]

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