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Introduction to Leash Walking

Proper leash walking is something that most dogs and their people need to learn, it often does not come naturally. Let’s begin by thinking about what a walk is. From the person’s point of view a walk usually means exercise (i.e., you want to keep moving forward at a reasonable pace), it is often squeezed […]

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House Breaking Your New Puppy

(This works the same way with older dogs that may be new to you.) This is a follow-up piece to my last blog on crate training. In this piece, I will assume that you have now crate trained your puppy but if not, the following advice still applies. New puppies, like babies, just go when […]

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Crate Training

One of the hardest things to do when caring for a new puppy is monitoring your puppy’s behavior 24/7. Exploration is crucial to learning and emotional development for puppies and should be enthusiastically supported, but you need to keep a few things in mind to keep your puppy (and your belongings) safe. Puppies generally explore […]

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New Puppies

Getting a new puppy is certainly an exciting time. And while puppies and cute and lovable, they can also be a real handful. My next few blogs will cover things you need to do to make this transition a healthy and happy for both you and your puppy. This blog will talk about Puppy proofing […]

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The Difference Between Training Tools and Performance Crutches

I attended a pet expo a while ago and across from my Dr. Dalton’s Premium Treats booth was a booth for a dog training school. I have to say that the dogs they brought with them appeared to be very well trained and eager to perform. They would weave between the trainer’s legs, jump onto […]

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Bonding with Your New Dog

Dogs of all ages move into new homes all the time. Whether we adopt a young puppy, a dog that is a few years old, or a senior citizen, the bonding that takes place between you and your new dog is extremely important. Bonding with puppies frequently occurs relatively quickly and without much apparent effort […]

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Shy Dogs

There are many stressors in the world — both in and outside the home — that can affect dogs, particularly those with shy personalities. One of the biggest stressors for shy dogs are dog lovers Let me explain. Dog lovers, as the name implies, love dogs. They love to pet them, play with them, talk […]

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The Importance of Basic Obedience

Basic obedience is extremely important for any dog, large or small, that we expect to live harmoniously with humans. All dogs come with basic dog behavior such as barking, peeing or pooping in the house, chewing on furniture and other valuable objects and tugging on the leash. Teaching your dog basic obedience helps them understand […]

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The Power of Positive Reinforcement

Positive reinforcement is about more than simply giving your dog a treat when they perform a behavior correctly. Positive reinforcement encompasses how you think about and interact with your dog on a daily basis. The word yes is positive. Your voice rises in tone when you use it putting a smile in your voice. The […]

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The Problem with No

People are smart. We develop extremely complex languages and then use these languages in exceedingly intricate ways. Dogs, on the other hand are not this smart. Although dogs can understand very simple language, best delivered in one or two word phrases such as “sit” and “down,” they don’t understand any of the complexity of language. […]

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