Use Kongs to cure dog boredom

Kongs are one of the best antidotes to cure dog boredom.

I sometimes have to remind myself to use them as well because I get out of practice, but every time I use them it reinforces how great they are. I always talk to my clients about them and thought you might need a reminder as well.

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Train your dog to walk next to a stroller

Walking a dog while trying to navigate a stroller can be extremely frustrating. Besides the normal frustrations with a pulling dog, there is also the danger and concern of a baby in the stroller. Visions of the dog pulling the stroller over and seeing the baby get hurt are not something that any parent wants to witness. So, what often happens? The dog often receives less walks because he is not able to walk nicely next to the stroller. That is a shame.

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The importance of handling and grooming puppies

Last week I saw a client that I have not seen since her puppy was 5 months old. I met with her for just one session to help her get on the right track and talk about basic puppy strategies including socialization, jumping, puppy biting and preventative strategies including separation anxiety and aggresssion. Her dog is now a 2-year-old, 55 lb. German Shepherd mix and my client hired me because he has been biting.

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I don't care if my dogs think they are better than me

How can this be possible? A professional dog trainer that makes his living training dogs admitting that dogs can actually think they are better? What? Is this some new-age dog training philosophy? Am I nuts? 

No.

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Dog training tip - don't bribe your dog

To effectively use positive reinforcement to train your dog, you need to understand the difference between bribing and rewarding. 

Bribing a dog occurs when the treat or reward is shown up front before the behavior is requested or while the dog starts his behavior in response. Bribing often occurs when people call their dog.

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How to train your dog not to jump on guests

Jumping on guests is a normal behavior that dogs exhibit, but through proper management and training, you can change your dog’s behavior. 

With inappropriate behaviors, it is important to identify what changes in the environment start the pattern of inappropriate behaviors. 

If you do not intervene at all when guests arrive, the normal chain of events might look like this:

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How should puppies greet other dogs?

Very frequently I will see a new puppy guardian on a walk telling their puppy not to jump on other dogs. They will say, “No Jumping” and pull their puppy away from other dogs, or hold the leash so they can’t jump. 

Usually as long as the other dog is not aggressive, puppies can jump on and play a bit rough with the the other dog. That is how dogs play and is normal puppy behavior.

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How to prepare your dog for a new baby

Having a baby and getting ready for the big day? Don't forget about the importance of planning ahead and making sure your dog is ready for the arrival of your new baby.

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Five ways of using positive reinforcement to train a dog

I categorize these as "positive reinforcement" even though technically this describes some uses of negative reinforcement. I am discussing humane techniques as "positive reinforcement."

There are five ways of using positive reinforcement to train a dog to do behaviors.

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How to teach a dog to stay

A solid “Stay” is an important behavior for dogs to know. Once your dog has a foundation of staying when you ask, you will have much more control and your dog will be calmer and more pleasant around guests and social activities. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to go to an outdoor café and ask your dog to lie nicely next to you while you enjoy a cup of coffee?

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