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Benefits of Hiring A Certified Dog Behaviorist

By admin | January 31, 2024

While living in a post pandemic world, we begin to see an increase in anxiety and behavioral problems in dogs due to a lack of socializing, exposure, and time. Having a well behaved dog is very important for building a positive relationship in the home and family. When your dog begins to display behavioral issues […]

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How To Transition Your Dog Home From A Board and Train

By admin | January 16, 2024

Did you just pick up your pup from a Board and Train program? While your dog may have learned some awesome new skills and has a great foundation, there is still some work to be done to ensure the same result transfer to the home. A board and train program is not finished until the […]

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Safe and Approved Dog Training Tools Guide

By admin | January 10, 2024

When it comes to dog training, there are various training styles, techniques and methods that all have advantages and disadvantages. Every dog is different so finding the right style for your dog is key to their learning. Purely positive training is where all training should start, as you build your dogs’ motivation system and get […]

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3 Essential Components To Train Any Dog

By admin | December 29, 2023

When you begin to train a dog, you become their teacher as you mold and shape their learning curve to your training goals. Whether it is basic obedience, tricks, or behavioral modification; there are three extremely important principles to always remember for the most optimal performance out of your dog. As owners or trainers, when […]

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Common Dog Training Markers

By admin | December 19, 2023

A clicker or a marker word is sometimes called a “bridging stimulus” because it not only informs the dog that the targeted behavior has earned a reward but it also bridges the period of time between the performed behavior and the dog receiving its reward. Using a clicker or a marker word (“GOOD”) allows us […]

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How to Properly Reinforce Your Dog

By admin | December 11, 2023

Rewards A reward is something tangible that you give the dog in response to a behavior. Anything can be a reward but in order for it to be a reinforcing reward, it must be something the dog desires and will work for. Reinforcers are relative and unique to each dog; these can change with training […]

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The Best Commands To Teach Your Dog

By admin | November 1, 2023

When you first get a dog, the amount of training information online can be quite overwhelming. You may wonder what is most important to teach your dog. If your time to train with your dog is limited due to work, family, or other factors then you’ll want to know what the most important obedience commands […]

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Why Dog Training Is Important

By admin | October 28, 2023

Why is dog training important? This is a question that may have an obvious answer for some dogs owners if their dog is out of control, pulling on the leash, or maybe excessively barking. Aside from the obvious answer of fixing behavioral issues, there are so many other benefits to dog training that owners should […]

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Best Dog Training Food And Treats

By admin | October 24, 2023

When it comes to training your dog, food rewards are extremely important because they allow us to continuously reinforce our dog’s desired behaviors and are a great way to build your dog’s love for training. Although there are other physical rewards such as pets or toys, at the end of the day, all dogs need […]

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Protective Dog

By admin | October 19, 2023

If your dog is always barking at something when he’s with you, then this behavior is classified as reactivity or reactive behavior. Usually it is specific to some category of stimuli such as people or dogs. Naturally, we as owners tend to scold or yell at our dog to try to get them to stop […]

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