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Be a Doggie Detective

man looking a a dog with magnifying glass

“Why will my dog go in the pool at doggie camp, but won’t when we’re at home?” Unravel the mystery of your dog’s behavior. Is there something going on with your dog that has you baffled? Think of it as an opportunity to be a doggie detective. Rather than a problem to solve it’s a… View Article

How to ‘Train’ a Puppy

how to ‘train’ a puppy

Connection and choice, or control – what does this mean for you and your dog? When we let go of the idea of control and our goals become centered around the concept of building trust and connection we experience an enhanced relationship with our dog. Let go of old notions of control, compliance, and outdated… View Article

Long lines

longlines

A long line is a wonderful piece of equipment. Whenever you are in an environment where you feel comfortable and safe to use one, these lines will give you the freedom to have fun and train. Combined with great training and yummy treats they can also help stop a puppy from pulling on the leash…. View Article

Puppy Personals

puppy personals

Meet My Puppy My make-believe puppy Petronilla has shared a bio. What is the point of this fanciful canine caper? A look at life from your pup’s view. When Petronilla writes about herself she doesn’t list going for leisurely walks on a busy sidewalk as her favorite way to spend an afternoon. She might also… View Article

3 Dog Toys That You Should Have

3 toys you should have

From humble beginnings to a multi-billion dollar industry, dog toys have come a long way. Funny though, I know many dogs who prefer a broken-down soccer ball found at the park or a plastic bottle to the latest and greatest dog toy.  That said, I am a self-proclaimed dog toy fan. During this pandemic, I… View Article

Kids and Puppies – Tips for Success

Kids and Puppies - Tips for Success

Disturbing Trends Dog bites are on the rise. More folks getting puppies, more kids home with puppies. And, a big misunderstanding about what the early days of raising a puppy need to include. Simon Usborne’s recent article in The Guardian, Dog-Bite Britain: the problem with the pandemic puppy explosion explores potential causes for the uptick… View Article

Puppy Training Plans

puppy training plans

A new puppy means puppy training. This is where a plan comes in handy. You very likely have a plan for your bathroom and crate training. You are rolling with your socialization plan too. What I want to talk about here are short training plans for teaching your puppy the foundation behaviors that will evolve… View Article

How To Manage Puppy Biting

help! my puppy is biting

There is no magic answer for how to stop puppy biting. Curious young canines use their mouth for exploration. Their teeth are sharp and puppy biting can easily get folks feeling rattled and edgy. Along with your new pup you can expect to encounter some puppy biting but it does not need to be exasperating…. View Article

Before You Bring Your Puppy Home

before you bring your puppy home

There will be plenty to do when a new puppy comes to live with you. But did you know there are some key things you can attend to before you bring your puppy home? Let’s look at three things to get organized ahead of time. The Bathroom Spot Before you bring your puppy home, give… View Article

Never Gonna Let You Go

To Have & To Hold Let that go! Leave it! Drop it! So much pressure! A puppy explores the world with his mouth. It is a built-in behavior. Show downs and tug-of-war matches will only serve to break down trust, create resource guarding and frustrate you and the puppy. There is a better way. How… View Article