Author Archives: Cheryl Mulick

Food For Thought: Training Treats… What, When, and Why

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There is no hard, fast rule on the use of training treats other than to USE THEM. Hopefully by now, most dog owners recognize the benefits of reward based training. It is not just because your dog will learn quicker.

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The Therapeutic Value of Dogs & Play

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This week we had the privilege to receive Dr. Risë VanFleet in Portland at the Annual Fall Play Therapy Conference. Dr. VanFleet has many credentials in both psychology and dog training, she has worked with therapists and trainers all around the world, and written dozens of books. 

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Your Dog’s Unwanted Behaviors May Be A Cry For Help

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When a dog owner’s frustration begins to mount with the behavior issues their pet is presenting, the first thought may be that the dog is ruining their life, being bad, and possibly should be turned over to the shelter so that they can rid themselves of the pressing inconvenience.

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5 Ways to Have Fun Training

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Dog training takes time, patience, and consistency but by no means does it have to be a boring and tedious task. There are many ways to train your dog while having fun.

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Dogs & Kids: One Big Happy Family

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We all get dogs with the intention of melding them into our family unity. However, if you have children you need to plan how to best manage the addition of a new canine member.

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Is Your Dog Barking For Your Attention?

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In my experience, I have found this behavior to present itself most often in retriever types who love to play fetch. They circle, back up, and bark in anticipation of you throwing their ball.The doodle dogs (Labradoodles, Goldendoodles) can add an extra dimension. 

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Dog Bites Off Woman’s Nose

This is a unfortunate news story about a woman who was viscously attacked while walking her Beagle.  There are two thoughts about this account which I think are worth noting.  First of all, the dog is reported to NOT have been a Pit Bull, German Shepherd, or Rottweiler.  

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Dogs With Noise Sensitivity

We received another question on Twitter concerning a dog named Bam Bam, a female Setter mix, who has developed a fear of loud pops such as from a gun or balloon.  It seems that this was more of  a learned fear response because she did not always act this way.  

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Dogs That Look Out Window & Bark

We got a question from Cesca on Twitter concerning her 3 yr old Yorkie that barks at everything that moves outside of the window. I suggest that owners do not allow their dogs to become hyper-vigilant about watching and barking out the front window as if they were some sort of sentry dog.

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Building Your Dog’s Confidence

Did you ever hear the saying…”if you want to feel good about yourself, then do something hard”???? That would apply to dogs as well. Many dogs are just unsure by nature, or it could be a learned behavior. You can read so much by studying a dog’s body language.

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