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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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Socialization for Puppies

You got a new puppy and want to give it a great start. I thank you for that decision but please don’t think that means exposing your new puppy to every puppy kindergarten class, person, dog, location, festival, and rocket launch you can find. Socialization for puppies is a more complex thing than you may realize. Socialization for Puppies starts …

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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 …

LIttermate Syndrome

Littermate Syndrome

You saw two puppies from the same litter and just couldn’t decide which to choose. So now you have two puppies! Unfortunately, you may also have made a big mistake and brought home pups with Littermate Syndrome Littermate Syndrome is a real thing and it can cause major issues for both the pups and for you. Of course not every …