dog training

Games That Train! Teach Your Dog & Puppy Good Manners The Fun Way

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to my kids, (both four-legged & two-legged) home is not school. I never sat down and made my kids study the alphabet; sure we read books and played letter games like I Pack My Grandmother’s Trunk, but I didn’t spend tons of time quizzing them. I left that for their teachers.

In my mind anyway, home is a place I want everyone to feel valued, safe and respected.

In my work, with dogs and other pets, I help my clients see that raising a dog (or any other animal) right can be fun and should never feel like a battle. Most animals, and especially dogs, can learn routines and words.

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Training the Good Enough Dog or Pup Positive DIY Lessons That Make Learning Fun and Problems Disappear!

Your dog doesn't need an Advanced Agility title or a Pet Therapy certification to be special, any more than a child needs to be a concert pianist or star athlete to earn their parent’s respect and adoration. The "Good Enough Dog", like a "Good Enough Child", makes every day a pleasure.

But how do you get there?

For starters, be a "Good Enough Parent". Someone who teaches your dog words and habits so she knows how to act in all situations. A "Good Enough Dog" knows to keep four paws on the ground, bark only long enough to alert her family and put her parents’ voice above all other distractions. She doesn’t pull on the leash, comes when called & sits down for greetings. 

So, where do you find a "Good Enough Dog"? She’s right at the end of your leash. You just need to encourage her consistently with love, patience, and reinforcement. With simple words and clear direction, your dog will soon be "Good Enough". And a "Good Enough Dog" is great!

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Training Dogs & Children to the Dangers of Thin Ice: Plus A Happy-ending Video

We teach our children water safety, to never go out on the ice alone and to watch for signs of thin ice. Ever wonder, "Can I teach my dog water & ice safety?". You sure can! A recent outing brought this lesson home, and thankfully had a very happy ending!

This past weekend was a beauty: the weather app promising sunny Spring-like weather, though the calendar still read mid-February. I packed leashes, snow boots, sled and grabbed my husband for an excursion to one of our favorite hiking spots. Driving north, past lakes, reservoirs, streams, and rivers I couldn’t help noticing the most dangerous signs of rising temperature: thin ice.   

“We packed Tally Ho’s drag leash right?” I called back to my kids. Thumbs pointed up, “Roger that!”. Although our other dogs avoid wet like the plague, Tally is a curious 100-pound water puppy, who though schooled to the properties of ice and water, is like other young, energetic dogs, who race around first and think later.

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Luring- A Dog Training Technique for Parents on the Go!

Have you ever worried your dog thinks his name is Bad Dog?  Are you having trouble getting your dog's attention for more than 30 seconds?  Do you long for a dog who comes the first time you call, or who doesn't confuse the command come with R-U-N!?

Dog training can be confusing when you first start out.  You know what you’re saying, but your dog ignores you.   Maybe you’ve tried to repeat yourself, or beg, or plead: nothing gets through.  Your dog just stares up at you, clueless, or worse runs off and continues to misbehave.

When frustration sets in you know you’re in trouble.  How could such a cute adorable creature create such emotional tornados? 

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Dog Training - Positive Reinforcement, Negative Reinforcement and Everything In Between!

The other day my daughter brought home two rats.  Yes, rats, not dogs.  She outlined their feeding schedule, their daily routines and arranged a rat's playscape in our (mostly) unused shower.

Rats, she informed us, are a lot like dogs.  They need to eat, drink, sleep, play and potty. They're motivated by positive reinforcement, e.g. treats, toys and soft touches.

Huh, I thought. Dogs are like rats and kids - so does that mean that kids are like rats? The jury is still out on that one but there are surprising similarities.     

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Rate Your Dog's Sense of Smell!

Dog's have incredible noses: it's how they "see" their world.  In her book Being a Dog,  Barnard College, Columbia University professor and canine researcher Alexandra Horowitz challenges us to consider what it's like "to be able to smell not just every bit of open food in the house but also to smell sadness in humans, or even the passage of time?"

But just how good a sniffer does your dog have and what exactly might breed have to do with his/her olfactory savvy?

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How Do You Show Your Love?

There are many ways to trigger a dog's passion, from playing games like Tug-of-war and Find it, to heading out for a hike, walk or trip to the dog park, to singing or scratching your dog in their just-right spot!  

Find a way to trigger your dog's passion.  Nothing beats your full attention while doing what your dog loves best.  

I'll leave you with a few images of how we show love in our family!  Please share your images with me in the comment section under the poll on my Facebook page.

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