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Housebreaking and Pee Pads

One of the first behaviors that we train our dog is housebreaking. The concept of housebreaking and pee pads seems easy enough. Teach your dog that it is not acceptable to go potty inside the house. However, as some of us have learned, that concept becomes fuzzy when we have made a common mistake. Some dog owners have begun training …

Reward-based Dog Training

I think everyone agrees that reward-based dog training is a good thing. Rewards in dog training are the pay that the dog gets for performing the behaviors we want from them. High value rewards are invaluable in training. So, can reward-based dog training go wrong? When rewards are a good thing When we begin to train a dog, we definitely …

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Establishing Leadership and respect

Owners need to take responsibility for their dogs. Maintaining health care, exercising their dogs, and play are all part of owning a dog. Additionally, owners need to take time for establishing leadership and respect. It’s black and white Dogs don’t see life the way most humans do. We can see the gray areas of life. With dogs it’s a purely …

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The Structured Walk

The structured walk is perhaps the most important thing you will do with your. This is a more-or-less formal walk with your dog and it is an intense bonding exercise. The Structured Walk is the best way to cement your relationship with your dog. The video above shows a 10 year old girl on a Structured Walk with a 100+ …

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Choosing a Good Dog Trainer

  Continuing Education – The trainer you choose should actively seek to improve his/her abilities by pursuing continuing education in the field. Professional Associations offer continuing education opportunities continually. In addition to continuing education through Professional Associations, the trainer should be able to explain what trainers they admire and why. Choosing a good dog trainer means picking one who keeps …