Food Aggression

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Food aggression is a common issue in dogs for two main reasons. The first is that canines naturally guard their food in the wild, and the second is that a significant number of dogs see themselves as dominant over their humans. This short article is not meant to teach you how to resolve your dogs food aggression issues but rather to illustrate how it is taken care of by a skilled trainer or behaviorist. It is very important that you …
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Do Dogs Understand When You Point

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Do you know the only two creatures on the entire planet that have been proven to understand the gesture of pointing? The answer is humans and dogs. Growing up around dogs and working as a professional trainer and behaviorist, I have long known that most dogs understand the gesture, but I recently read an article in TIME magazine that really surprised me. It showed research that had proven that even chimpanzees with their incredibly advanced brain and almost human like …
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Command Reminder Sheet



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Heel Heel is the dogs command for walk at your heel side, which is on your left. The dog should be at your heel or even a little behind you as you walk to reinforce that YOU are the leader. We strive to keep the dogs attention on us or the road ahead. As you walk focus on keeping a loose leash and correcting the dog whichever way you need to. If he pulls ahead snap back on the leash …
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Dog Body Language

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When reading this article please understand that it is not meant to replace professional advice when it comes to aggression, and it is by no means a complete write up on canine body language. This article is meant to be a handy quick guide to some signs your dog may be giving. Clients frequently call me and say “he just snapped out of nowhere, without warning.” There is almost always a warning of some sort, the trick is recognizing it. …
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Small Dog Syndrome

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The infamous “Small Dog Syndrome” comes up often in my line of work. I hear it from veterinarians, rescue groups, and countless clients. Everyone is pretty much in agreement that small dogs have a “Napoleon” complex. People often ask me if it is possible to prevent a small dog from yapping, jumping, peeing in the house, snapping at people etc. My answer is a resounding yes. “Small dog syndrome” doesn’t originate in dog genetics, it comes from the owners, not …
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Coprophagia (Poop Eating)

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Does your dog have the disgusting habit of eating either their own or another dogs feces? This issue is surprisingly common in dogs and can be very tough to overcome. Many people will give you well intentioned advice that is VERY unlikely to show any results. The first thing that I ask a client who is encountering this issue is what do they feed the dog. If the diet isn’t balanced or is of extremely low quality there is a …
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Digging

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Digging is a natural thing for dogs to do and isn’t always bad behavior. If you live in the country and your dog occasionally digs for grubs or to look for a mole then it probably isn’t a problem. If you live in the Chicago suburbs with a perfectly manicured lawn and your dog is digging holes everywhere then you probably aren’t too happy with the situation. Whenever I give advice about digging I like to get to know the …
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Introducing your dog to your new baby

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Bringing home a new baby can be a very stressful experience and the last thing that you need is to have to worry about how to introduce your dog to your new baby. Introducing dogs and babies can be an easy, peaceful, and safe experience if you do the necessary prep-work before the baby is born. The first step is to make sure that you teach your dog to be calm and submissive when in the home. This entails teaching …
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