Training Tip Tag Archives

Help your new dog adjust

So you just got a dog! You have already decided that you love him and want him to live with you forever.  From your point of view, it may make sense to slather him with affection, coo sweet nothings to him, ask him if he’s hungry/thirsty or wants to go play outside, give him treats…

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Fur Babies Can Become Fur Monsters

Oh such a lovable fuzzy puppy… so adorable… “Coochie-coo! Whoozagooddog?! You are!” It’s all too easy to get goo-goo eyed over a sweet, furry doggy. We get it. You want to give all of the great things in life to your beloved dog, but we also see the devastating results of overindulgence. That innocent little…

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Getting a Second Dog?

You’ve imagined how amazing your life would be with two awesome dogs, envisioned what great pals they’d be, the incredible adventures you will go on. You can picture them now having a nap together in a pool of sunlight on your floor, or romping and frolicking together in the yard. But what if they don’t…

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8 great reasons to use a crate

Crate training is one of the fundamental components of developing a balanced, well-behaved dog. Dogs who are crate trained feel comfortable and relaxed having a secure den-like space of their own. Some people feel that a dog would be sad in a crate, or think it’s like prison. But the truth is that most dogs who…

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Calmness is a Superpower!

Most dogs are living in a constant state of over-excitement, which stresses them out! When dogs are stressed they get into trouble doing things people don’t like. Many people confuse a dog’s stress for signs of happiness (e.g. frantic excitement, running around, panting, jumping). A dog with a calm state of mind is not busy…

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Prong Collars – a kinder way to walk your dog

If you want to look kind, you can use a harness and act like it’s A-okay to be dragged around by your dog. Will people be impressed? No. They will see the complete lack of engagement and communication you have with your dog as s/he pulls like a sled dog and ignores you – which…

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What does “structure” mean in dog training?

When dog trainers say that dogs need “structure” what we mean is **consistent rules**, dependable leadership & guidance. Structure means that the dog can rely on you to create a dependable routine in your household and out in the world. Structure brings down their stress level (excitement/fear), which is the root cause of all problem…

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Horse & Dog Training Similarities

Before deciding to train dogs and teach dog owners, I spent a dozen years training horses and coaching riders – as well as competing, and a bit of judging at equestrian competitions. Not being millionaires, my family gathered an interesting collection of horses and ponies and trained them ourselves. Our little evolving herd was the…

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