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Treat, Don’t Tolerate

I am surprised to learn that experienced trainers have dogs that growl, bare their teeth, and even, in some cases, bite them…on the regular. The stories are shared, I believe, to explain and describe their dog’s communication, sometim
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Function, not Form

It seems like we focus so much attention on what a dog’s behavior should or shouldn’t look like. If a dog’s bark has a high pitch we assume that he is barking in a friendly manner. Conversely, if the pitch is low, we assume that he is barki
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Treatment is like a Fork

At first glance, it probably appears that I am in the business of training dogs. It certainly begins there, but that’s really just the beginning. If I want the positive changes in dogs’ behavior to maintain over the long haul-and I do-I am
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Bringing Spunky Back

I have to admit it. I wish I could say I was one of those people who gave my dogs heavy exercise each and everyday. Let’s face it I have two pretty low energy dogs and I should be able to do that. Frankly, we used to and then life happened.
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Amazing Moms Unite (and Dads too!)

It started with a simple tree trimming. After a knock at my door, I realized that that what started out to be a little yard maintenance was turning into so much more. The search for a cardboard box and a call to Lakeside Nature Center quick
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Stop with the Labels! Let’s Get Down to Behavior.

Nothing irks me more than hearing about how someone was told their dog is just “strong willed”, “dominant”, “stubborn”, etc. Really the list could go on! Frankly, people do it daily with kids too. Then when caregivers want help in dealing w
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A Word on Punishment

For whatever reason we, as a society, have negative feelings about punishment. In my opinion punishment isn’t so bad. Actually, it’s everywhere in our world. Ever touch a hot stove? Your touching a hot stove was likely punished at some poin
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Introducing Your New Bundle of Joy to Fido

Everyone dreams of having the perfect family. A well-behaved dog is part of that dream. Dogs should be and can be an integral part of the family. They offer love, security, and companionship. They can be a child’s first friend and playmate.
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