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Reducing Leash Reactivity: The Engage-Disengage Game

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 16:05:23 +0000

Sound familiar? The 4 Fs of fear

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Making Cats Friendly, Clicker Style

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 18:03:14 +0000

Clicker training, the science-based system of teaching behavior with positive reinforcers and a marker signal, is becoming immensely popular, world-wide, with some dog owners and trainers, while still being rejected by others. It seems so alien, so different from traditional training, that many are very reluctant to try this new system on their already well-trained dogs. Why not leave your dogs out of the picture for the time being, and explore the clicker experience for yourself, with an animal you don't really need or expect reliable performance from: Your cat.

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Desperately Seeking Snoozing: How to Help Your Dog Relax

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 14:08:12 +0000

Excited, exhausted

It might seem that it would take voodoo, or something similar, to teach unruly, out-of-control and/or overly enthusiastic dogs how to be calm and relaxe

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How to Teach Your Dog to Swim

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 18:58:56 +0000

Splash?

Pet owners often wonder how to keep pets active without having to walk in 90-degree weather. Swimming, and other games in and with water, can be fun for both people and dogs, especially during hot summer days.

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What Squirrel? 10 Techniques for Training with Distractions

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 14:02:23 +0000

For trainers of all skill levels, proofing a behavior for reliability despite strong environmental distractions is one of the most elusive training goals. But hope is on the horizon. Here are 10 techniques that can set up both you and your dog for successful distraction training.

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How to Prevent Door-Dashing

Fri, 13 May 2016 20:31:08 +0000

Run toward the sun

Spring seems to be the ultimate door-dashing season, as sunshine returns to cure the cabin fever that plagues many humans and canines during the long winter months. In busy families, the front door seems to be in perpetual motion, constantly revolving and providing myriad opportunities for escape. Friends and clients who have dealt with the stress and worry of a lost dog due to an open door accident utter a common refrain: “It was only open for a second.”

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Spa Day: How to Train Your Dog to Love a Bath, a Brushing, or Even a Mani/Pedi

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 05:00:00 +0000

Imagine a life where your dog loves being groomed. When you pull out the brush or nail trimmers, your dog comes running—just as if you opened a new bag of treats. How would that make you feel?

It is never too late to train your pet to love being bathed or brushed. With a little time and patience, you and your puppy, adult, or senior dog can look forward to sharing relaxing grooming time.

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Ten Reasons Your Dog May Develop Behavior Problems

Mon, 18 Jan 2016 05:00:00 +0000

Bad behavior: the big picture

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Holiday Manners 101

Wed, 09 Dec 2015 05:00:00 +0000

Holidays are fun, right?

The holidays are nearly here. Visitors, music, food… what could be better?

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Keeping the Holiday Peace: How to Crate Train Your Dog

Tue, 03 Nov 2015 16:00:00 +0000

The holiday season is both joyous and hectic. Most of us are busy decorating, shopping for and wrapping presents, cooking, cleaning the house, and entertaining friends and family. With all this excitement, the family dog is often under-stimulated and underfoot—a situation that can lead to big trouble!

 

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The ABCs of Barking

Thu, 10 Sep 2015 05:00:00 +0000

Why all the barking?

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Don’t Socialize the Dog!

Thu, 07 May 2015 05:00:00 +0000

Really?

That title is a typo, right? A professional dog trainer would never advocate against socialization, would she? Well, maybe!

The problem isn't with socialization itself, but with many people's understanding of socialization. Socialization is vital for proper mental and social development in dogs, and it needs to be offered properly. Mistakes in socialization, even if intentions are good, can backfire and may even produce an overly shy or overly aggressive dog.

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Into the Woods

Mon, 02 Feb 2015 19:40:35 +0000

Take a hike!

If your New Year's resolution is to be more active, be sure to include your dog in your plans!

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How to Put an End to Counter-Surfing

Wed, 03 Dec 2014 17:00:00 +0000

Many dog owners complain that their dogs steal food from kitchen counters or even the dinner table. A new term was even coined to describe this behavior: counter-surfing. If you're tired of losing your dinner to a sneaky pooch every time you turn your back, here's what you can do about it.

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My Dog is Aging—Now What? More Training, Of Course!

Tue, 04 Nov 2014 21:53:46 +0000

A click for all ages

As your dog moves into her senior years you’ll probably notice some subtle changes—she groans a bit when changing positions, hesitates briefly when a

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