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Puppies!

Everything you wanted to do and know about your new puppy.

Puppy Training Worksheet

Are you getting or do you have a NEW puppy? This is a great training log to help get your puppy off on the right paw! Puppy Training PDF link will appear once you have logged in. Puppy Training Worksheet Link CLICK HERE

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Bringing a New dog into your home?

What is the best way to bring a new puppy or dog into your household? Rapport and Control As soon as you bring home your new dog or puppy, immediately start building a relationship with him/her. Spend time and take him/her to many different places. Encourage him/her to see you as a significant part of … Continue reading »

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What are YOUR most important foundational skills?

Over the years, many people have asked me what I train first with a new puppy or dog.   First, I feel it is important to build a relationship and rapport with the new pup. To do this, I play games, such as COOKIE TOSS game and tug. Although I do some other behaviors, such … Continue reading »

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Why Do Obedience?

Dogs, by nature, are pack animals and will look to you – the leader – for guidance. Providing your dog with structure and boundaries, will help your dog understand how to abide by the rules in your household and to become a companion you will really enjoy. Obedience training doesn’t solve all behavior problems, but … Continue reading »

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PLAY! Pt 2

How to Teach your dog how to play.  Simple guidelines to help you on your way to a tugging fend! DON’T LOOM OVER YOUR DOG WHEN TUGGING: Bending over your dog can intimidate and squash the desire to play. For a small dog or puppy beginning sitting on the floor.  If needed, tie a string … Continue reading »

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PLAY! Pt 1

So your dog won’t tug and you want to teach him? Having a dog that loves to play with toys is a great benefit when training your dog. The tug game is a great way to reward behaviors, is an interactive experience with your dog that burns energy and builds rapport, and while tugging your … Continue reading »

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“Is there such a thing as TOO much exercise for a puppy?”

My feeling is that as long as you are careful, the puppy is the best one to tell you what is too much exercise. Most puppies will tell you when they have hit their limit, and it is important to resist pushing them beyond that point. Exercise may include long walks or running in fenced … Continue reading »

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NEW Puppy Foundation Sheet

Want a way to get started with a training program for your NEW puppy?  Enjoy this easy to use foundation training log for puppies. (Of course you can use the log for foundation training for any dog of any age!).  It has loads of foundation skills EVERY puppy needs!!! The PDF file is in a … Continue reading »

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Why Teach Tricks?

Trick training does provide many benefits – to you and your dog: 1.     In the process of learning new tricks you establish a way to learn to communicate with your dog.  2.     Trick training helps to build confident dogs and teaches your dog to experiment and offer behavior  – which is important. 3.     Tricks are a great way for your dog to … Continue reading »

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What’s a training plan, and how do I make one?

Before you start training a skill, you need to make a training plan. The key to successful dog training is in the planning. The following is a step by step method to aid you in developing a training plan for a skill you would like to train or one you are currently training yet hitting … Continue reading »

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HELP! I have a New Puppy.

So you’ve got a cute new puppy who is soft, cuddly, loveable, and lots of fun. And he’s also chewing on everything in sight and tearing up the house. What do you do? • Your puppy is new to the world and is looking to you for direction. Establish yourself as the leader of your … Continue reading »

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Five Quick Dog Training Tips

Training your dog can be very rewarding yet still an incredibly frustrating experience. It is especially difficult if you have no past experience in dog training. If you are having trouble in your quest to have a well-trained dog, this article will give you five tips to help you train your pet. 1. Begin training … Continue reading »

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Training is 24/7

When is the best time to train your dog? The answer is all the time! Dog training is done 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, whether you know it or not. Bad habits are created during everyday life scenarios. For example, if Spot jumps up on you and you pet him, you have … Continue reading »

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Balance

To establish balance in training, one should understand the difference between “regimented training” and “motivational training.” Regimented training often has precise steps with a beginning and an end. Many times “regimented training” is applied to all dogs regardless of the dog’s maturity, ability and without consideration of the dog’s natural drive or willingness to please. … Continue reading »

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Riker’s 1st Birthday

Riker turning a year old 11/15/2013. He has been a fun pup and is growing into great dog. Training continues a bit each day. I see his mind racing when we train and I feel he is starting to understand and really enjoy training.

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Two Toy Game Variation – Intro Article/Retrieves

Riker is learning to enjoy retrieving dead objects (object not thrown, in this case Utility Articles). Goals are to have Riker run out, pick up leather or metal and run back. This is the foundations for a great retrieve later when training any retrieve. Loads of reward and games when he comes back! ENJOY!

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Two Toy Games – One Toy Game

Riker learns to run out for and bring back the toy to “activate” a game of tug! This completes the training and building drive getting back to me. Now all that is left is to maintain what we have built! Things to look for – Riker runs out fast to grab toy, turn back quickly … Continue reading »

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Two Toy Game Progression

The next step in the 2 Toy game is working on the retrieve portion.  The most important features to watch for are,  your pup/dog to run out fast, grab the toy quickly, spin back (turn tight), and come back “fast”. Next, I add bringing the toy back to my hand. His bring the toy to … Continue reading »

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Two Toy Game Cont….

This session is in a new location with much more space. I use the toy to regain Riker’s attention and teach him that I am “the best game in town” and more fun than  anything in the environment. Switching back and forth between toys, teaches him to play with the toy I choose plus it … Continue reading »

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Two Toy Game

The two toy game is wonderful to help your pup/dog learn to run out to toy, grab it, and bring it back to you. The Cookie Toss game is a great foundation for this game. Basically, it is a game that uses two toys.  Keep one toy (the best or favorite toy) and throw the … Continue reading »

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