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The End Result

Posted by on Oct 22, 2011 in Blog, tips | 0 comments

The End Result

Picture this: You wake up, and go to take your dog out for his morning walk. He sits patiently while you hook his leash to his collar. As you walk out the door, he stops and turns to look at you, making sure you’re ready to go. On your walk, he moseys calmly on a loose leash, sniffing the grass but keeping up with you. After he does his business, you make your way home, where you proceed to get his breakfast ready. He sits by his bowl, waiting for you to tell him it’s ok to go eat. After you make your own breakfast, he lays on his dog bed while you eat. Sounds perfect, right? Is...

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Recall Series: Part 1

Posted by on Sep 19, 2011 in Blog, tips | 0 comments

Recall Series: Part 1

“Come Fido!” The owner calls in a cheery voice. Fido, who had been sniffing a choice blade of grass, looks up and spots his two-legged companion. With a joyous expression on his face, Fido romps to his owner, tail wagging all the way.   Does this sound familiar? No? How about this: “Come Fido! Fido, come! Come HERE! Fido, COME darnit! Come come COME!!!” If you are nodding your head and rolling your eyes, read on! What did you picture in your head when you read the second scenario? Probably a dog either running in the opposite direction of his owner, or totally...

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Staying Cool and Safe

Posted by on Jul 20, 2011 in Blog, safety, tips | 0 comments

Staying Cool and Safe

Summer is a great time to have a dog – you can take them swimming, you can go hiking, have picnics. The kids are home, so they can help play with and walk the dog. It stays light out much later, so there’s more time in the day. But summer is not always fun for you or your dog – it is HOT! Here are some tips to keep your dog safe and cool during the summer heat waves. Exercise early or late – Even when it’s sizzling outside midday, it’s cooler in the early morning or evening. A few days ago, I saw it was going to reach 100 degrees that afternoon. So instead...

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Tugging With Your Dog

Posted by on Jul 6, 2011 in Blog, safety, tips, training videos | 0 comments

Tugging With Your Dog

Tug is a great game to play with your dog – it can be a great reward during training, a great way to exercise, or just a lot of fun! Contrary to what you might have heard, tugging does not cause your dog to be aggressive. That being said, there are rules to tug that your dog must learn and follow for both of you to have fun and stay safe.   Rule #1: Do not take the tug unless I give you permission Your dog should not try to snatch the tug from you when you’re not ready for him. You need some sort of cue that tells him it’s ok to grab now – “ok”,...

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“But He Knows Better!”

Posted by on May 21, 2011 in Blog, tips | 0 comments

“But He Knows Better!”

“But He Knows Better!” How many times have you uttered this in frustration about your dog? Maybe you’re at Petsmart and you ask him to sit, but he blows you off. Or you’ve taken her for a walk and she suddenly starts pulling like a draft horse to get to another dog. Or you have company over, and he jumps on them to say hi – he never does that to you! Why, when your dog obviously knows the behaviors of sit, walk nicely, and keep your feet on the floor to say hi, does he suddenly forget everything he’s ever learned? “He knows better!!” But does...

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National Dog Bite Prevention Week

Posted by on May 16, 2011 in Blog, tips | 2 comments

National Dog Bite Prevention Week

This week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which is a great topic to kick off our new blog! Did you know? “Among children, the rate of dog bite–related injuries is highest for those ages 5 to 9 years, and children are more likely than adults to receive medical attention for dog bites.” (http://www.cdc.gov/HomeandRecreationalSafety/Dog-Bites/biteprevention.html) “Most dog bites affecting young children occur during everyday activities and while interacting with familiar dogs.” (http://www.avma.org/public_health/dogbite/default.asp) “But,” you say,...

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