Cues: How We Say Them, What We Say, or Both?

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Cues: How We Say Them, What We Say, or Both? When giving our dogs praise or cues, what is most important, the words we are saying, how we say them, or both?  As an example, you can give your dog praise by saying, “yes” or “good dog” in a very monotone manner, removing as much emotion from your voice as … Read More

6 Reasons Your Dog Might Be Ignoring You

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6 Reasons Your Dog Might Be Ignoring You Attention is a key component of your relationship and your communication with your dog. When our dog does not pay attention to us, it can be extremely frustrating.   Here are 6 reasons why your dog might be ignoring you: Your Dog’s Attention Hasn’t be Acknowledged and Reinforced: Dogs do what works and … Read More

Reaching Weight Loss Goal while Using Positive Reinforcement Training – Sophie’s Story

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Reaching a weight loss goal while using positive reinforcement training.  Is it possible?  Yes it is.  Here is Sophie’s story. We’ve all seen them, the dogs whose bellies are virtually dragging on the ground as they walk. Running for these dogs is impossible and it’s hard to tell if they are standing or lying down because their height doesn’t change … Read More

Keep Your Dog Healthy and Safe on Hot Days

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Keep Your Dog Healthy and Safe on Hot Days – Safety Tip of the Month Summer is a great time for trips to the beach, pool parties, play-dates, and evening walks at the park.  However, the heat the summer brings can be dangerous for our dogs, causing illness, injuries and even death.  Here are some summer tips to keep your … Read More

July 4th Safety Tips

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July 4th Safety Tips More dogs get lost on July 4th than any other day of the year. Fireworks can be very scary for dogs and may cause them to hide or even escape from the house or yard. Here are some July 4th safety tips to help your dog stay safe this year: Keep your dog indoors and create … Read More

The Importance of Physical and Mental Stimulation

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Importance of Physical and Mental Stimulation Lack of mental stimulation and physical exercise is crucial to your dog’s emotional and physical health.  Sadly, many dogs are forced to live a very sedentary/couch potato life as their owners are at work all day and/or busy with their own activities.  Dogs that don’t get enough physical and mental activity can suffer from … Read More

Foxtails

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Foxtails are a long meadow grass that resemble the tail of a fox. They are often found along paths and roads. In the winter they are soft and green, but in the Spring, the seed heads dry and can become a danger to our dogs. They stick to clothes and fur and can easily become lodged between a dog’s toes, … Read More

Is Your Dog Stubborn?

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I often hear my clients say that their dog is stubborn or defiant. Most of the time, when dogs don’t follow our cues, it has nothing to do with being stubborn. Here are 8 reasons why your dog might not be responding to training and your cues: Too Many Distractions: Dogs don’t generalize very well and need a lot of … Read More

Easter Safety Tips

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Easter Safety Tips Believe it or not, Easter is this month! Here are a few safety tips to keep your dog happy, healthy, and safe this Easter. Keep Your Easter Baskets Off the Floor and Out of Reach: Chocolate can be toxic to dogs and sugar can cause digestive issues, so please keep candy in a secure location. Skip the … Read More

Training Tip of the Month: 5 Minutes, That’s All it Takes

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Training Tip of the Month 5 Minutes, That’s All it Takes When I check in with clients to see how their training is going, I often hear, “I was too busy this week to do any training.” Training doesn’t need to take-up a large portion of your day. In fact, sessions should be very short and can take place in … Read More