training games for the whole family – “puppy in the middle”

The whole family should be involved in training – consistency is key! Teaching your puppy to “Come” (Recall) is so incredibly important – perhaps the most important behavior he will ever learn. It could keep your dog out of trouble or maybe save his life someday. Young puppies will easily come to you when called. They are still dependent on you for so many things and haven’t yet...
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winning your puppy’s trust, respect and confidence

Many people try to win their new puppy’s love by letting the puppy always have its way. The pup is showered with affection and attention because he is so cute and cuddly. Buckets of affection are a wonderful thing for most puppies, but it must be tempered with respect. If you give in to your puppy’s every whim, your pup will never learn self control and self discipline; and respect...
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puppy training – need help with nipping and biting?

When I am talking to owners about some of the obedience training challenges they are facing with their puppies, I am frequently asked for advice about dealing with nipping and biting. The first thing you need to remember is that nipping and biting is normal puppy behavior; puppies communicate with their mouths. Just as their litter mates would, you need to let your puppy know when her nipping and...
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puppy socialization: get out & experience the world!

One of the biggest challenges trainers face is helping dog owners understand the importance of socialization. Socializing your puppy is not hard – and is it incredibly important to developing a well-balanced, happy, stress-free dog and good companion. Puppies have a very short window for effective socialization; generally between 4 and 16 weeks of age. Her brain is most receptive and the...
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