How Long Should Each Training Session Be?

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The most important feature of dog training is that it be fun for both dog and owner. Being excited about what you are doing is such a great motivator for all involved!!

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Small Dogs That Bite

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Have you ever thought about what it must be like to be a little dog, always having to look up at the giant scary world?

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A Dog Owner’s New Year’s Resolutions

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This year I dedicated time to preparing for the first day of 2014. I spent one day going over my journals of the past few years and one day planning ahead for the new year.

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The Story on Service Dogs

We all appreciate the partnership that has evolved between canines and humans. We marvel as dogs are being trained to perform duties that we never dreamed possible!

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Listen To Your Dog Trainer

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Assuming you did your homework by choosing a dog trainer with credentials, years of experience, and hundreds of happy clients… you now need to take advantage of the information they are yearning to share.

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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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“They Were So Cute, We Had To Bring Home Two Dogs!” …Raising Littermates

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Every year I become good friends and personal coach to families who have taken on the huge responsibility of adopting two dogs at the same time.

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Ditching The Dish & Using Food As A Motivator

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I can’t remember even one case where I believed the ideal feeding arrangement for a dog to be one of free choice. Yes, it is less work to just fill the bowl with dry food once a day.

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