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So, What’s the Secret to Getting a Dog to Play Fetch?

Tweet Follow @CanineMaster Many people find it very frustrating to teach their dog to play fetch. Often they throw the ball, the dog grabs it and runs away and does not bring it back. I am going to share with you a technique that usually works in solving this common problem. First of all, you need to buy two squeaky balls that look almost the same. Carry one of the balls in your pocket, occasionally showing your dog this valued ball. Have fun making this ball the best thing in the world. Bounce the ball and then take it quickly away teasing him with it. Always stop ball play and leave him wanting more. Think of the ball as the...

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The Holidays Can Be a Stressful Time for Your Pets

Tweet Follow @CanineMaster The most wonderful time of the year can be a very stressful time for your pets. The holidays highlight the importance of a well trained, well socialized pet that can adjust with ease to new environments.  Most animals (particularly dogs and cats) like consistent structure in their environment. Dogs and even cats live in social groups (packs/families). They feel most comfortable and secure when the dynamics of the pack (humans included) stay the same. During the holidays is when family and friends tend to visit most.  Our children come home from college and bring a new dog they recently adopted, or our parents/In-laws move into the house, or your sister comes to visit with her two toddlers....

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Exciting Things at the Dibevo Trade Show in Holland— Products Reemerging From Years Ago and New Products That Will Change the Future of How We Walk Dogs!

Tweet Follow @CanineMaster Dibevo 2013 Pet Trade Fair in Holland I recently returned from the Dibevo Pet Trade Fair in Holland.  The show seemed a bit smaller and slower than last year.  Big dog and cat food companies like Eukanuba and Royal Canin, did not exhibit this year.  The economy seems to have taken its toll on the pet trade in Holland, which is no surprise.  Dog Gone Smart introduced some new products, including the new Dirty Dog Doormat Runner. It was great to see such a positive response and I sold a bunch to the stores. Baby turtles for sale I saw some cool baby painted turtles at the fair.  Since the 1980’s, due to the Salmonella scare, baby...

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How Do Verbal Tones Influence Our Dogs?

Tweet Follow @CanineMaster Many mammals react to sounds and tones in similar ways. From horses and elephants to cats and dogs (the list goes on and on), sounds elicit similar behaviors. If we understand the influence they have and if used correctly, we can often times manipulate behaviors in our own dogs. Repetitive sounds create movement in many animals. Horse trainers around the world will use a repetitive clicking sound to make the horse move or go faster.  Most People call their cats by repeating “here kitty, kitty, kitty”.  Many people get their dogs to come to them using repetitive clapping.  Quite the opposite, long singular tones tend to instinctively slow movement or stop it all together. How does one...

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Separation Anxiety—Are 2 dogs better than 1?

Tweet Follow @CanineMaster Separation anxiety is such a popular topic.  Everyone seems to write about it in books, articles and blogs, but unfortunately very few people have good answers on how to solve this serious issue.  Some of the most popular techniques are totally impractical and rarely seem to work. Who really has a flexible enough schedule to leave the house for short periods of time and build up to longer times over a couple of weeks? This technique does not allow you to leave the house until the exercises are finished (which could be weeks!!). The idea is to basically desensitize the dog to your absence. The other popular technique is to desensitize the dog to the triggers of...

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