Archive for Training

Why does your dog bark? Consider the reason and the breed

Barking. It’s my least favorite thing about dogs. Many would agree with me. I receive questions weekly about controlling barking. “He barks when people are at the door.” “She barks at squirrels.” “He barks in his crate.” There are different reasons for barking behind each of these statements. And in addition to the reason behind

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Three things to consider when keeping your dog contained

A client recently sent an email to me stating that she and her small dog had been attacked for the second time by a Siberian Husky that escapes his yard during her morning run. At a charity event the past weekend, a woman told me that her Rottweiler keeps getting out of the backyard and

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Go Fetch!

Playing fetch with your dog is one activity on a short list that assists your dog in releasing pent up energy. If you have the ability to sit on a bench and exhaust your dog within 15-20 min with the toss of a ball you’ve got it made in the shade. When you are sick,

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Is Dallas becoming dog-friendlier by the day? Looks like it

Dallas is stepping it up when it comes to dog friendliness. Dog is the new kid for many people and much like people’s attachment to their kids they feel the same about their dogs. The more places they can take their dog, the happier the owner and the happier the dog. Dallas offers dog parks,

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Controlling Chewing

Chewing falls into the top three complaints of all time for owners of puppies. Allowance should be made for chewing as it is a biological need for canines. Much like housebreaking, the rule of “confine or supervise”, applies to controlling chewing. There is normal chewing and there is chewing driven by emotional stress. The management

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‘Tis the Season for Puppies

Can you feel it in the air? It’s that time of year again. ‘Tis the season for puppies. Some of you have already acquired your Christmas puppy and some of you will be getting your puppy soon. In order to avoid the misery of the vast majority of my new puppy owning clientele I have a check list

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Obedience Training Improves the Life of Your Dog

I think we’d all agree that owning an obedient dog improves the life of the owner but have you ever considered how obedience training improves the life of your dog? A dog that has been trained and required to be obedient is safer, happier and calmer than a dog left to his own devices. An

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Anxiety is a thorn in the side of dog training

Anxiety is a thorn in the side of dog training. It runs rampant through our pet dogs. It is a peculiar and curious thing caused by anything or nothing at all. It is my biggest challenge in breaking through barriers when teaching dogs or their humans. I would wager one out of every ten dogs

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Teaching Your Dog to ‘Stay’ Requires the ‘3 Ds’

Stay is one of the most important commands I teach my students and their humans. I’ve created a mnemonic device to help owners remember how to practice the stay command for optimum results. I call it the 3 Ds of stay. The three Ds are comprised of Duration, Distance and Distractions. When training the “stay”

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Training as Behavior Supplement

Occasionally customers will browse through the supplements at my store and ask “What is good to make my dog less hyper?” or “less this” or “more that”. I respond by asking them a question. “Have you trained your dog?” Their response is usually “No”. Many days I use lavender oil, flower essences or pheromones to

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