House Breaking and Nipping

house-breaking

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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How to Socialize Your Dog

Mother and daughters in park with dog smiling

Socializing a dog should be a fun and positive experience for both of you.  Although the term gets used frequently, many people don’t fully understand what it means.  Socializing a dog is just teaching them what is normal in a human world.  They see that meeting and smelling new dogs and humans is a normal part of life.  They also learn about non-living things.  Socializing a dog also refers to exposing them to trucks, buses, cars, bikes, hats, jackets, horns, …
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The Advantages of In Home Dog Training

In Home Dog Training

In home dog training provides both owner and dog with many benefits that are commonly overlooked. At first blush the prospect of having a dog trainer come to your home for a personalized training session may seem like an expensive option reserved only for the wealthy. The truth is that in home dog training can be both the most cost effective and productive training that you can provide for either a young puppy or an older dog with behavioral issues. Dogs …
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All About Dog Toys

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Household dogs are frequently bored in their daily life and a large selection of toys and bones can certainly help. The more things your dog has to play with the less of your things he will feel the need to chew on. Having one or two dog toys is not enough for the average dog. I typically suggest to clients to find around ten toys or bones that their dog enjoys. This ensures that when the dog becomes bored with …
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Treat Training A Dog

Treat Training

Training dogs with treats is a polarizing topic in the dog training world. Some trainers say that it is awful and others will tell you that if you don’t train with treats then you must be cruel. The truth about treat training a dog is that there is a time and place for it. The two main times that I will use food rewards to train a dog are when I am teaching commands to a very young puppy and …
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Jumping the Fence

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If your dog climbs or jumps fences you know how frustrating and scary this can be. A fence is there to contain a dog and now he is loose on the other side. This is an easy way for your dog to get lost, get into a fight, or even get hit by a car. I frequently receive calls about stopping fence jumping and I explain to clients that there are two main parts. First we have to teach the …
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Guarding the House

bodylanguage

Many people get dogs both for the love that they give us and because they are such natural guardians of their home and family. I love all dogs, but I tend to gravitate towards the guarding breeds for those very reasons. I enjoy having a dog that is great with children, friendly towards all adults, but will also guard my family if needed. Unfortunately many people have issues with their dogs guarding or becoming possessive when they should be acting …
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Leash Aggression

leash-aggression

Leash aggression is one of the most common issues that we deal with as trainers. Unfortunately, a dog with leash aggression is severely limited in their ability to enjoy life to the fullest. Can you imagine going through life with the stress of wanting to lunge and bark at every member of your species that you pass? With a little training and patience you and your dog can have a much happier life! The vast majority of dogs that growl, …
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