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Are you living with a land shark? When you give your dog a treat does he take a finger with it? There are several reasons dogs take treats too hard; they haven’t been taught not to, they are overly aroused or anxious, or you are simply holding ...

Teaching your dog to be successful when left alone (Part2) In Part 1, we discussed using strict supervision to teach your pup proper potty and chewing behaviors, and the importance of confining your pup to a crate or puppy safe room when ...

Teaching a dog to be successful when left alone (Part 1) Once upon a time, dogs spent their days outside as their people went to work (many times they were actually working side-by-side with their people on farms, ranches, etc.). These days, ...

Just like human children, our dogs go through that dreaded period of social development that strikes fear in the hearts of all parents – adolescence. This is a period where individuals will test boundaries and assert their independence. ...

Does your dog make a mad dash for freedom every time he sees an open door? Door Dashing strikes fear in the hearts of most dog owners, as every dog will try it at least once. Knowing what to do could save your dog’s life. First let’s ...

There is much confusion about appropriate and effective training techniques and methodologies in the dog training world today, therefore dog owners must become educated consumers when hiring a dog trainer. So how do you choose the best trainer ...

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! In our busy daily lives it’s very easy to become focused on all the things we have to do, and forget about all the things we like to do. And while I’m the first to point out how important it is to spend time ...

It’s that busy, crazy Holiday time of year again! Here are some Holiday Training Tips for your dog: 1. Maintain as normal a schedule as possible for your dog, including feeding, walking, and quiet or naptime. 2. Make sure your dog is ...

To Punish or Not to Punish Corrective, or punishment based training has become a very controversial subject over the last ten to twenty years. When I began training my first dog, in the mid 1970’s, the only training classes available were ...

Dogs jump up on people for two reasons. Jumping begins because it is s normal greeting behavior among dogs, especially for puppies greeting older “pack members”. It continues because it works. Dogs always get attention for jumping. ...

The concept of dog leash manners is really simple, but to be successful you must consistently follow these rules: 1.  Don’t pull on your dog. Many people try to use their leash to control, and to communicate with, their dog. If you ...

I talk a lot about socialization with young puppies both in my seminar Understanding Your New Puppy, and in Puppy Kindergarten class. But even after laying a firm foundation in early puppyhood socialization is an ongoing process, as Karl ...

What does “Be a good dog” mean, really? During my first contact with a client, either on the phone, or in class, I always ask “What are your goals?” I usually receive one of two answers. Either they reply “I just ...

Often clients will ask me, “My dog growled at (me, another dog, my neighbor, etc.), what should I do?” By growling, your dog is trying to tell you, in the least threatening way possible, that he feels uncomfortable with what is ...