Articles that will help you understand your dog

Choosing a Training Methodology

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Choosing a method of dog training is extremely important. If you chose a method compatible with your worldview you are more likely to follow through and put in a lot of enjoyable hours training your dog. If you train your dog consistently you will both have a much better life! Much like our article on the science of dog training, this is a topic that could garner a large amount of debate. I am an open minded individual and am …
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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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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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Boredom and Anxiety

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I frequently receive calls about all types of issues that people are having with their dogs, and I have to make sure that I take each call with an open mind. Many times people will tell me that they have a very dominant dog that simply will not listen and is openly defiant. Sometimes that is true, and other times they are misreading the situation. I am a big believer that there is a different approach for different types of …
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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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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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