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Puppy Socialization: Myths Vs. Reality

Posted by on Jan 15, 2013 in Blog, puppies, tips | 0 comments

Puppy Socialization: Myths Vs. Reality

In the past twenty-some years, trainers and behaviorists have been pushing the importance of early puppy socialization – starting before puppies are finished their puppy shots. This has done a huge amount of good for the average puppy – more people are aware that puppy class and socialization are part of owning a baby puppy. Early socialization IS crucial, but this push has brought with it other myths and misunderstandings about what socialization is; how to go about it; and what it can and cannot do. So, let’s do some myth-busting! “If a puppy grows up to be fearful or...

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Happy Dog? Signs of Stress or Nervousness

Posted by on Oct 26, 2012 in bite prevention, Blog, safety, tips | 0 comments

Happy Dog? Signs of Stress or Nervousness

Are you able to tell the difference between a happy dog and a nervous dog? Most people can tell if a dog is very upset, but we have found that the more subtle signs often get overlooked. Knowing the first signs that a dog is unsure about something will allow you to resolve the situation before it becomes unmanageable, or the dog reacts out of fear or stress. If you can tell when a dog is uncomfortable, you can keep yourself, your children, and your dog safe. Also, if your dog shows these signs during training, it’s a clue to you that they are either unsure of what you are asking or are...

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Social Butterfly? Or Homebody? Managing Your Dog in Public

Posted by on Oct 23, 2012 in bite prevention, Blog, events, fostering, safety, tips | 0 comments

Social Butterfly? Or Homebody? Managing Your Dog in Public

We spent this past weekend at two different dog events helping man the Jasmine’s House booth. Both events were a huge success, but they really got me thinking about dogs in public places. For the most part, everything went great, but at both events there was some barking, some “snarking” (a bark/snarl/snap with no damage), and some really stressed out dogs. How can you tell if a busy dog event is the right choice for your dog? And once there, how can you set your dog up for success and make sure they have a good time? You probably already know if you have a dog at either...

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Puppy Costume Party!

Posted by on Oct 17, 2012 in Blog, events, safety, tips | 0 comments

Puppy Costume Party!

Halloween can be a scary time for dogs – who socializes their puppy to ghosts, goblins, and monsters? So when your adult dog sees all these crazy creatures at your front door, it can be quite upsetting to them. Well, let’s change that! On Oct. 24th we will be having a Puppy Costume Party — except there’s a catch. The puppies won’t be in costume, we will! Let’s help these puppies realize that behind the masks are real people with lots of cookies for them. There will be some light refreshments for the humans! Who: Any puppy under 20 weeks of age who has been...

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Training Recall – CGC Challenge Day 3

Posted by on Oct 1, 2012 in Blog, safety, tips, training videos | 0 comments

Training Recall – CGC Challenge Day 3

There are many ways to train a recall, and I occasionally use different techniques with different dogs. But by far my favorite method of teaching recall is using a hand target – teaching the dog to come and bump their nose against your hand when you call them. This gets them to come all the way to you, make contact with you, and makes it easy for you to grab their collar in an emergency. It also gives them a very clear goal – come *right here*. Here is me teaching Sinclair the beginnings of the hand target recall. He has done some recall work in his past life (come and sit front,...

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The Importance of Recall – CGC Challenge Day 2

Posted by on Sep 30, 2012 in Blog, safety, tips | 0 comments

The Importance of Recall – CGC Challenge Day 2

We are a day behind on training and posting, because yesterday we witnessed one of every dog owners worst nightmares: a dog being hit by a car. We don’t know if he’s ok, we don’t know the neighbor and I’m afraid to ask. The car was not going fast, so we can only hope. It ranks up there with the most horrible moments of my life, and it wasn’t even a dog I knew. It really drove the point home that teaching a solid recall is one of the most important things we can work on with our dogs. Sinclair needs to work on recall for his CGC test, so I was going to be...

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