Training the backup behavior

“Quick!! Shut the door don’t let the dog out!” Have you said this or heard someone yell this in a panic ? I have. In fact I was the one who said it to my chocolate Labrador, Max. He was very excitable to say the least. The moment anyone rang the doorbell he was right there trying to charge his 90lb way into our guests.

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Creating a GREAT Recall - Part 1

Recall, or coming when called,  is one of the most important commands to teach a dog to obey. It  is particularly important if you ever want to enjoy the pleasures of having a dog roam free on a walk, playing with other dogs or even just enjoy general social behavior. Whilst not the easiest command to teach our dogs, by setting your pup up for success and keeping each training session simple, teaching recall can be a great bonding exercise and a load of fun!

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Barking, Barking and more Barking!

Dogs bark, it’s what they do. If you never want your dog to bark again your best solution  is to remove your dogs vocal cords and end your frustration with your dogs constant yapping. For those of us that do not want to take such extreme measures here are a few tips you can implement to curb unwanted barking. 

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Dog Safety - What to tell kids - Part 2

We are continuing the list of important tips all parents should educate their children about when it comes to dogs. Prevention is key when it comes to escaping a bite. Lots of people tell me that a dog "almost" bit them and if they didn't pull their hand away they would have gotten bit. While this may seem like the case, it’s usually not. Dogs are very deliberate with their mouths, if they want to bite you, they will. Most likely the dog was sending out a warning. 

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Dog Safety: What to Tell Kids Part 1

No one wants to get bitten by a dog.  We all want to avoid a confrontation when encountering a strange dog yet often do not have the tools to do so.  So what methods are really effective? Doggone Safe is an organization  that aims to  educate and equip the public with dog bite prevention methods. Here are a three of their tips.

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My Dog Jumps!

Starting during puppyhood, young dogs are very jumpy. They jump on their litter mates and their mother to lick food from her face. When owners bring their new puppy home the puppy continues to jump since as it has in the past and for good reason! Jumping got your puppy lots of attention from litter mates and mother dog, after-all dogs will continue to do what works. When owners bring puppy home for the first time the young pup often still gets lots of attention from jumping on  all the new people in its life.  Every time he jumps, we look at him, put our hands on him and then pet him when he gets down. And a new behavior is born. 

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Who is walking who?!

It’s a nice evening outside, you and Doggie are getting ready to go for a walk. You put your shoes on, wrangle the leash on him, and head out the door. You’re off down the driveway and Doggie immediately starts pulling ahead towards a tree he is wanting so badly to sniff, dragging you behind. Your arm is tired of always pulling against him, you try to get him to stop pulling by yanking on the leash, it doesn't work.  You cut the walk short and head home frustrated with Doggie (and Doggie confused as to why his walk was ended so fast). 

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Let's talk Collars...

I recently came across a conversation  where someone was saying that they are tired of all the pulling and plan on investing in a prong collar for their dog.  Yes, the prong collar allows for maximum control with very little training. I've seen plenty in use, a couple tugs on the prong collar is usually enough to remind everyone to keep going forward. I have also seen my share of owners whose dogs are hanging at the end of the leash while wearing a prong collar.  Yank, Yank, Yank  and the dog doesn't even turn around. What has this dog learned? To keep on ignoring his owner. 

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DIY Dog Toys - No Sew!

Why spend so much money at the local dog store to keep your dog busy and entertained?! Think he knows the difference between a DIY toy and one you bought at the store? Think again! If you find it fun and playful so will your dog.  

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Why does my dog do that!?

Ever find your dog performing usual behaviors at unusual times? A friend comes to your house for a visit, and your dog starts drinking laps and laps of water. You bring your dog to puppy class and he starts scratching himself. These are called displacement behaviors.

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Dog Body Language

It's that time of year, the weather is getting warmer and we are more likely to want to get our dogs out of the house, and possibly even enjoy the company of other dog owners, finally!  However, if you are one to visit the dog park, you should educate yourself on some basic dog body language. Thankfully most dogs display the same signs so once you know them , they become easy to read.   Not every dog enjoys interacting with other dogs or humans even though they are at the dog park. Dogs communicate via body language especially before attacking.

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