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When Should I Start Training My Dog?

The second you meet your dog! Dogs learn on their own every second from every association and every consequence. Whether you like it or not, you're training your dog from the get go! You should begin training your puppy the moment you bring him home because he is learning anyway. Use positive reinforcement to teach… Continue reading When Should I Start Training My Dog?

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What I Wish I Knew Before Bringing Home a Dog

I don't want you to have to learn the hardway. That's why I'm giving away some of the best advice a trainer can give... for free. (Let's get this out of the way.) 1. Hire only a Certified Professional. Don't give a trainer a penny until you read this. If a trainer does not does… Continue reading What I Wish I Knew Before Bringing Home a Dog

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Kong!

Kong toys are my favorite! They are one of the few toys that my lovely 6-year-old pit, Tank, hasn't destroyed and can provide dogs with tons of mental stimulation. They can be stuffed in a thousand different ways and have an almost magical ability to keep my dog busy for hours! They can be given… Continue reading How to Get the Most Out of Your Kong!

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Easy Tricks to Stop the Jumping!

Teach your dog to never jump again!"Anytime, anyone is struggling with a dog behavior problem, I ask them one simple question. "Well, what do you want your dog to do instead?" I get a lot of surprised looks! Most of us haven't actually thought about it that way!"Andrea Kutzko, CPDT-KA Waiting for his friends to… Continue reading Easy Tricks to Stop the Jumping!

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Dollar Tree for Dogs – The Good, The Meh, and The Never

Let's get right down to business. You can find tons of great deals at the Dollar Tree - the one where everthing costs $1. You can get swindled, too. The Good Check this out ya'll.   Practically disposable rope & toys - $1  These things get trashed fast, even under the best of supervision. At… Continue reading Dollar Tree for Dogs – The Good, The Meh, and The Never

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Puppy Class & Socialization – When to start?

The truth is that puppies need to start vaccines as early as possible  so they can begin a group class as early as possible in a positive reinforcement environment like that I offer at Petco Highland. Training at home should start even earlier - the moment you bring your new bundle of joy home. Socialization… Continue reading Puppy Class & Socialization – When to start?

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Dog Safety & Summer Holidays

Can your dog do this? If not, summers here and its all about safety and holidays! Get the lawn chair and the kiddie pool for your pup. It's easy to get caught up in the picnics and festivities. We may even miss the signs of stress and the general safety of our dogs. First, let's… Continue reading Dog Safety & Summer Holidays

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Let’s Play: Find it!

Find it! is Tank's favorite game in the.entire.world. It turns out that it is a great training exercise as well! In find it, dog's use their nose to locate a hidden toy or treat. It's an excellent way to begin nosework and can build confidence in dogs!  This is another great idea for a game… Continue reading Let’s Play: Find it!

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Kids & Dogs: Keep It Safe! – Part 1

It's 1987. My parents (who don't even like dogs) let me "play doggie" and share a drink with this big ol' dog! They tell me it happened so fast yet someone had the time to get out a camera... Fishy... Cute photo? Sure looks cute. You can't help but assume it's where I started my career… Continue reading Kids & Dogs: Keep It Safe! – Part 1

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Finding the Right Dog Trainer for Your Family

Choosing a dog trainer can seem like a daunting task! What’s with the alphabet soup after my name? How do I know which trainer is the right fit for me? How will they treat my dog? Just a few of the questions to ask before hiring a professional dog trainer. Read on to learn what other questions to ask!