Category Archives: Dog Training

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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Hyperactivity & Jumping At The Door

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We recently heard from a dog owner in the UK who owns this most adorable Jack Russell Terrier mix named Badger. Badger is now two years old, but when he was younger he actually flunked out of puppy school due to his activity level and excitement level.

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Small Dogs & Marking In The House

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We recently received a question from a gentleman who owns three adult Chihuahua’s, two males and one female. He complained that the males mark on every vertical object in the house including the walls.

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Puppy Nipping & Biting

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This past week we have heard from two owners of young puppies whose families are being terrorized by their newest addition. Their kids are climbing up the furniture to reach higher ground and escape the shark teeth of the tiny pup they believed would be soft and cuddly.

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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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