so much to learn

There are so many smart, experienced, and talented certified dog trainers! Some in my surrounding area, many throughout the US and abroad.  I find them online.  I watch their videos and read their blogs.  I audit their training classes.  I haven’t been doing this as long as many of those that I “follow,” so it’s no wonder that I find myself thinking, “hmm…...
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i can hear you. i’m choosing not to respond.

I probably shouldn’t admit this… there are times when Lucy, my Golden Retriever, doesn’t respond to me when I call her name.  And I call myself a certified dog trainer! This happens when Lucy is near water.  Swimming pool, lake, creek, large puddle of water. She doesn’t discriminate. Lucy is obsessed with swimming.  This is one of my favorite things about her.  She is...
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kids and puppies – a natural fit?

I love it when, on the first night of a new Puppy Kindergarten session, mom or dad brings the kids along to participate in the puppy’s training.  Dog trainers talk a lot about consistency – what is true with mom should also be true with dad, what is not ok for the puppy to do today should be not ok for the puppy to do tomorrow. Friends, family, anyone that will be interacting with...
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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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