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How to Change a Dog’s Behavior

How to Change a Dog’s Behavior

A dog can experience an array of emotions and several levels of energy throughout the day, which can sometimes get them into trouble. Here are a few ways that you can help your dog be on their best behavior! Reward the good Your dog needs positive reinforcement when they are on their best behavior because… Continue Reading

What’s in a Dog Breed? Science Offers an Answer

What’s in a Dog Breed? Science Offers an Answer

There are many breeds that a dog trainer may work with throughout his or her career, some similar in some ways, and others vastly different. The American Association for the Advancement of Science reports that a new “tree of breeds” that maps the origins of almost all dog breeds can show us the relation between two seemingly… Continue Reading

Dogs are NOT Robots!

Sometimes people need to be reminded that dogs are NOT robots.  They are living, moving, breathing, active and reactive beings.  Humans cannot merely “push a button” and expect the dog to “perform.”  There is much more involved in dog training. As a living, thinking individual, a dog must be motivated, encouraged, instructed, and conditioned to… Continue Reading

Competition Dogs versus Protection Dogs

A common question we hear is…what is the difference between a competition dog/trainer and a real-world protection dog/trainer?  We’ll try – in the short span of this brief article –to answer the highlights. First, competition work is very structured and predictable.  The decoy must make the same movements in order to be fair to all… Continue Reading

Housetraining Headaches

One of the major concerns of pet people is house-training their dog/s.  Some dogs naturally make it an easier experience.  Some breeds are more prone to house-training problems than others.  Smaller dogs tend to be harder to house-train (as a general rule) than larger ones. Puppies who have been raised on puppy pads, newspapers, or… Continue Reading

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