Mouthing and Chewing is Not Just Lip Service

Puppies explore the world with their mouths.

It is completely normal for puppies to mouth just about everything, including us. And unfortunately for us, a puppy’s baby teeth are very sharp and painful - like little needles.

It helps, though, if we understand that they don't mean to be hurtful.

It doesn’t help the physical pain but it may allay some fears.

Some of my clients quickly jump to conclusions and fear they may have an aggression problem. But most of the time it is just...

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Want to Get Your Dog to COME When Called? Easy…Just Be a Slot Machine

If I had to say the number one thing people ask me most on the dog training circuit, it has got to be hands down how to get their dog to come when called.

Why is this so difficult?

It becomes a challenge because we inadvertently do many things that teach our dog that coming to us is not a good idea. Let me ask you, why do you want your dog to come to you? Is it because you want them to stop running and chasing in the street (yes there are cars and dangers everywhere but all they feel is...

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Release the Hounds (The Importance of a Release When Giving Your Dog a Command)

I love showing dogs in competition, it is so much fun! Not only for me but for the dog as well. I am always asked by other handlers how I get my dogs to be so steady and still, and so eager to work for me. So now I will tell you my secret, and one of the most important parts ofj obedience training your dog, you ready??? It’s all about the release.

Whenever I meet a client who tells me their dog is generally well behaved and knows the commands SIT and DOWN, my next question always is...

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