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What’s the Difference Between Punishment and Reinforcement Training?

  What’s the difference between punishment and reinforcement training?  At first glance, the answer to this question may seem obvious.  But if you’ve ever tried to research dog training methodology, you may have come across terms like “reinforcement”, “punishment”, “positive” and “negative”.  But…


Why Add Play Sessions to Your Dog’s Training?

When you think of group dog training classes, you may think of rigid and strict training structures.  However, as science continues to teach us more about canine behavior and learning processes, we’ve come to realize the importance of play in the training arena. …


Canine First-Aid Kits: How to Make One for Your Dog

Whether you’re out on the road, or just staying home, a first-aid kit is a necessary tool. And, while you may think of having one for your family, having one for your dog is just as important! First-aid kits are especially important if…


The Best New Year’s Resolutions to Keep Your Dog Happy

New Year’s resolutions aren’t just for people! Setting a resolution for your dog helps improve their health, encourages bonding, or just helps the two of you bond better. Whether it’s getting an overweight dog into shape, trying out a new hobby, or just…


Overcoming Your Dog’s Holiday Stress

The holidays can be a stressful time for some. While the kids are enjoying snow days and opening presents, you may be busy trying to manage holiday dinners, parties, and other important gatherings. But, how does your dog react to holiday stress? Your…


Puppy Basics: Before You Bring Home That Christmas Puppy

  A new puppy can be a great gift for the whole family. However, that adorable puppy eventually grows up into an adult dog. Dogs are a companion and responsibility for life, not just the holidays. While it may seem like a good…


Is a Flirt Pole Right for Your Dog?

You may have heard of a flirt pole but are unsure of what it is.  What is this tool and how is it used?  Read on to learn more about how a flirt pole might be a great addition to your dog’s training…


Play Time: Why Playing Is Beneficial for Your Dog

Can play benefit your dog? Do dogs like playing like people do? The answer is a resounding yes! Play can be beneficial for both your dog’s mind and body. It is a great way for your dog to bond with you and others.…


Canine Body Language: Do You Know What Your Dog Is Saying?

Canine Body Language: Do You Know What Your Dog Is Saying? Do you ever wonder what your dog is trying to tell you? Trying to tell other dogs or animals? Body language is one way dogs communicate with us since they can’t talk…


Pheromones and Calming Treats: Do They Work for Anxious Dogs?

Is your dog overly anxious when you leave the house? Perhaps they’re having trouble getting along with your new pet. Or, maybe walks are very stressful. Anxiety and stress are very common behavioral problems with dogs. Many dogs experience anxiety, however, some techniques,…