Tired vs. Calm Dogs

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A tired dog is a good dog, right? Most people would definitely agree with this common phrase. Although it may sound strange, I disagree. I am often told that no matter how much love, attention, and exercise a new client is giving their dogs, they never seem to settle down. A concept I try to convey to people is that they are not looking for just a tired dog but rather a calm dog. You may be wondering, “what’s the …
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Which training route is right for your dog?

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Picking a training route for your dog should be based on three variables; Your budget, your goals and your schedule. There are many different training options available with Suburban K9, but most of our clients are best served by either classes, in home training, or doggie boot camp. Obedience Classes Obedience classes are generally the least expensive dog training option. The cost of the trainer’s time is spread out over roughly eight clients. This allows each client one on one time with the …
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Obedience – It’s a Job

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A common theme that you will hear in the world of dog training is that dogs need a job. Dogs are intelligent creatures and just like humans, they require purpose and direction in their life to feel truly fulfilled. Almost all of a dog’s bad behaviors stem from boredom and not having enough mental stimulation. If you were stuck in the house all day without anything to do, you would certainly pick up some bad habits along the way – …
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Dog Ownership Through the Years

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Why does anyone get a dog? The answer to that has changed drastically over the course of history. Most of us have seen a major change in what dog ownership looks like during our lifetime. It wasn’t long ago that dogs would spend most if not all of their time outside, even sleeping outside. They would keep the yard safe from threats, such as the mailman, other dogs, but most importantly squirrels. They would keep look out when the kids …
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Importance of Daily Work with your Dog

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Have you ever wondered what you can do to wear your dog out? There are many different training methods you can use to achieve this. All of which are great ways for you to not only exercise your dog’s body but their brain as well. You can start with the basics by simply walking with your dog in heel or performing obedience, whether it is outside on a trail or simply inside your living room. A couple more advanced options …
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Teach a Dog to Heel

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To teach a dog to heel you first must know exactly what you want the dog to do. When heeling the dog should be even with your heel and focused mainly on you or the road ahead. The main reason for teaching a dog to heel is not just to stop him from pulling on leash. The main reason that I train a dog to heel properly is to be able to get the dog in a calm submissive state …
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Do’s and Dont’s of Dominance

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I have posted this in order to answer some common concerns I hear from dog owners, this is by no means a complete list of how to live with your dog. Every piece of advice that you read or hear can be construed in many different ways. Unfortunately many dog owners are confused or misled about how much love they can give a dog, or when is the proper time. I also hear many questions about nipping, jumping, etc, so …
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House Breaking and Nipping

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As the proud owner of a new puppy you are probably dealing with two very common “issues” that are typical of young dogs. The first issue that I hear questions on the most would be potty training, and the second would be nipping or “biting”. Housebreaking a puppy takes work, but with a little knowledge and some specific rules it can be much easier than anticipated. When bringing a new puppy into the home it is important to know two …
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