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Nov
8

Body Language: The Nervous Dog

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SIGNS YOUR DOG MAY BE FEELING NERVOUS While our canine friends are not able to “talk” like humans do, they are still excellent communicators. Dogs communicate primarily thru body language to signal to others if they are stressed, confident, happy or confrontational. Knowing how to read canine…

Sep
8

Tips on Getting Your Dog Happy About Nail Trims

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Nail trims can be a tricky situation, especially if your dog is bothered by having their feet handled. While training your dog to get used to nail trims is easiest as a puppy, dogs of all ages can get more comfortable with nail…

Aug
11

Leash Manners 101: Is Your Dog a Tugger?

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When it comes to leash manners, or a lack thereof, undesirable behaviors vary from dog to dog, but generally fall into one of four categories:  the puller, the lagger, the lunger and the leash tugger.  Leash tugging is a common adolescent display reinforced in much the same way…

Jul
20

Leash Manners 101: 10 Steps to Better Leash Walking

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Leash walking is one of the more challenging skills to teach a dog.  That’s largely because the human on the other end of the leash is 50% of the problem.  Here are some good leash handling practices to put into practice now so you can start…

Mar
9

Distraction Training – What’s your dog’s nemesis?

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Last week you could walk your dog without seeing a soul the entire time – OK, maybe a bird or two.  Then voila, an early Spring day brings about people on the move, loose dogs roaming the neighborhood, pheasants and, wait for it….the…

Feb
24

Counter-Surfing: Dealing with Dogs that Surf

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Here is a Q&A session between myself and a client about counter-surfing, a common challenge faced by dog owners: Q.  What’s the best way to stop a dog who has been successfully counter-surfing its whole life?  I have a 3 year old dog that…