Author Archives: Cheryl Mulick

Showing Honor & Respect – Veterans With Service Dogs

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Many great articles have been posted recently about how the public should behave around service dogs. As a trainer for Paws Assisting Veterans (PAVE), I would like to add some perspective from another vantage point. I speak out to bring awareness to the plight of our American heroes who now have hope and a sense of independence […]

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The Scoop on Housebreaking | Potty Training a Puppy or Young Dog

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The mantra of “it’s never the dog’s fault” certainly applies to issues related to house training. Let’s think about this for a moment… In a natural environment the mother dog would seek out a clean and warm den where she could safely deliver her puppies. During the early weeks she is a meticulous nursemaid

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Redirecting | Turning Your Dog’s Undesirable Behaviors Into Preferred Actions

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Let’s Be Fair To Our Dogs As loving dog owners we don’t want to focus excessively on our dogs’ unwanted behaviors, nor do we wish to be constantly telling our dogs “No!”.

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Training Service Dogs For Disabled Veterans | My Personal Reflections One Year Later

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Veterans Day will never be quite the same for me from this year forward. It was exactly one year ago when my daughter, Christina, and I attended a meeting of the newly formed Northwest Professional Dog Trainers Association. As everyone was introducing themselves and their training businesses, we had our first exposure to Dr. Michelle […]

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Positive Reinforcement Dog Training, What & Why

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Positive reinforcement dog training is basically teaching behaviors using a reward system as opposed to employing force and physical correction. This method is much more than a cultural movement of the times. It’s based on science and the study of animal behavior and learning theory which has come to the forefront these past decades.

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Birthday Party Goes To The (Service) Dogs

Leading up to Christmas or birthdays, most young children begin compiling a list of all the gifts they would like to receive. When they run out of ideas they usually begin studying the store inserts in the newspaper for the newest toys.

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Raised Hackles, A Sign of Aggression in Dogs?

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People often assume that when a dog has raised hackles that it is displaying dominant aggressive behavior. While this may be the case and one should always be respectful of a dog’s show of reactivity, there are multiple reasons for this phenomena taking place.

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Healthy Eating For Our Dogs???

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In recent years, conscientious dog owners have examined every imaginable dog food ingredient to come up with what they have decided is the best recipe for their own particular dog. As was in the past as well, breeders have gotten in on the act advising their puppy buyers what formula seems to work well for […]

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Safe Summer Fun For Your Dog

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Dogs are part of our families, right? It is so enjoyable to be able to include them in summer activities now that we are looking at a few months of superb weather. There are so many places that you can take your well behaved dog.

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The Cause of Your Dog’s “Bad Behaviors”?

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We humans tend to think of our dogs in such simplistic terms. We get a dog for companionship with a lot of high expectations and are often disappointed in what we believe to be our pet’s “inappropriate habits” as we recite our well rehearsed litany of complaints.

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