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A Guide to Adopting a Shelter Dog

A Guide to Adopting a Shelter Dog

One of the dogs’ greatest abilities is to be able to adapt to new environments. This takes a tremendous amount of resilience, it is so important to give your new pet time to adjust. Shelter dogs are so unique, their backgrounds are varied and you will need to understand behavior is an ever-changing fluid concept. […]

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  April 29, 2017   No comments
The Key is Teaching SKILLS not SUPPRESSION

The Key is Teaching SKILLS not SUPPRESSION

It’s time you start thinking about your dog’s behavior as a rich, ever-changing, totally fluid, entity that relies on cognition, genes, and individual experiences within the environment. Do yourself a favor, if you have ever watched a tv show about dog behavior or heard people at your local dog park describing dog behavior… forget it. […]

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  December 30, 2016   No comments
Do The Math: Self-Rewarding Behavior Adds Up

Do The Math: Self-Rewarding Behavior Adds Up

By: Eric Gillaspy, CPDT-KA Dogs have barked at things going by since the beginning of things going by.  People used to think dogs barked at the mailman because of the uniform.  “It must be that uniform”, we said.  Then, we started to realize that dogs barked at everything going by, so we assumed that those […]

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  November 2, 2016   No comments
CUT- IT- OUT!

CUT- IT- OUT!

Your dog is perfect right? Sure, mine too. But if I really thought about it my dog can be kind of “needy” from time to time. No matter what the dog’s upbringing your dog might be more “pushy” and in your space than you would like. I have observed this behavior in pedigree dogs with […]

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  October 3, 2016   No comments
Rules are for Fools

Rules are for Fools

Credit Van Halen for teaching a generation that rules are meant to be broken. New clients come to me and begin learning my approach to training their dog but quickly they fall victim to the all to common business of “self shaming”. Many of us turn on ourselves when we are filled with self-doubt. Clients […]

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  September 28, 2016   No comments
A Case for Space

A Case for Space

By: Drew Webster, CPDT-KA Why is it that so many dogs in the neighborhood do great off leash but can’t walk past each other on leash? Think about this situation from the dog point of view. Dogs in a natural state would not square their bodies up at each other, walk in a straight line […]

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  July 27, 2016   No comments
Margarita’s and Mourning

Margarita’s and Mourning

By: Drew Webster, CPDT-KA On a particularly sunny Monday afternoon a simple errand turned into a “margarita Monday” excuse. One of those “oh why not” kind of nights. Well as luck would have it we sat outside enjoying the sunshine next to a friendly, chatty couple and their cute little dog called “Marty”. The couple […]

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  April 6, 2016   No comments
Power in Play!

Power in Play!

There is NOTHING better than play to help you change unwanted behavior and strengthen your relationship with your dog. One of the worst aspects of all these dog parks and the dog daycare’s we have is that it has become a substitute for spending quality time with your dog. The idea that your dog needs […]

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  January 22, 2016   No comments