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Squabbles and Indiscretions at Home

Over excited or reactive behaviour at home If one has more than one dog at home then there is always a possibility that there may, at some stage, be some sort of “disagreement or indiscretion” occurring between the dogs. This is obviously more prone to happen in multi dog families where good “dog management” is […]

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How children should and should not behave with dogs

If you are a parent or owner of a dog it is your responsibility to teach your children how to behave around dogs and vice-versa. In many cases if proper training and education are not taken seriously from the beginning, disasters can occur. The safety and well-being of both child and dog involved are far […]

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Great reasons to crate train your dog

Crate training is a relatively new idea for many, but is a very effective training tool for adult dogs and puppies. It will take a little time and effort to train your dog to use the crate, but it can prove useful in a variety of situations. For instance, if you have a new dog […]

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Excessive Barking

Some dogs get extremely worked up when visitors ring the doorbell, or when dogs walk by the house. Some spaniels and terriers bark at the drop of a hat. And our good friend Larry Labrador will bark whenever a leaf falls from a tree three blocks away. Barking is as characteristically doggy as wagging a tail or burying a bone. It would be inane and inhumane to try to stop your dog from barking altogether: “You’ll never bark in this town again!” After all, some barking is extremely useful.

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Adopting an Adult Dog

Adopting an adult dog can be a marvelous alternative to raising and training a puppy. Alternatively, a new adult dog can be a full-time project. Adult dogs can be perfect or problematic—carrying the behavioral baggage of their previous owners. Take your time to search for the right dog for you and only choose one that you know your family knows how to train. Some shelter and rescue dogs are purebred, but most are one-of-a-kind mixed-breeds. Some shelter dogs are well trained, well behaved, friendly, and simply in need of a caring human companion. Others may have a few behavior problems (housesoiling, chewing, barking, hyperactivity, etc.,) and require their puppy education in adulthood.

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Housetraining

Housesoiling is a spatial problem. Your puppydog has been allowed to eliminate in the wrong place. Housesoiling quickly becomes a bad habit because dogs develop strong location, substrate, and olfactory
preferences for their improvised indoor toilet areas. To housetrain your puppydog: first, prevent any more mistakes; and second, teach your puppydog where you would like him to eliminate.

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Dogs & Children

Babies and children should never be left unsupervised with puppies or dogs. Learning to respect, understand, care for, and successfully control a dog gives a dramatic boost to any child’s self-esteem. But these benefits do not come by magic. Children and parents alike must realize that cartoon dogs are fantasy, and Lassie was several well-trained dogs. Both Lassie and Timmy were acting. In the domestic environment, both dogs and children must learn how to act around each other. All dogs must be taught how to act around children, and all children must be taught how to act around dogs.

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Heel work and loose lead walking

Dogs that are a pleasure to walk get walked more often! Teach your dogs to enjoy their walks and behave well when on the lead. Read the Leash Reactivity section.   Teaching a dog to walk to heel and on a loose lead: Start with a basic foundation of teaching “heel” . This is the […]

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Crate Training

Why crate training? Crates are useful tools in dog ownership as well as giving dogs a safe retreat from life at any time they wish. Crate training also assists with vet stays – an injured dog will be required to stay in a cage for example, and a crate trained dog will find this much […]

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