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Learn How to Attach Verbal Cues to Behaviors

Learn How to Attach Verbal Cues to Behaviors

We often use hand signals to prompt movement, but learning how to attach cues to those behaviors is much more convenient.  For instance, is it easier to point to the ground for down or simply say the cue?  In this blog, we will discuss the process of teaching verbal...

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The Power of Offered Attention and the Name Game

When it comes to training, two foundational games can transform your dog into an attentive and responsive partner – Offered Attention and the Name Game. These essential skills go beyond simple commands, fostering a strong connection between you and your furry friend....

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The Importance of Teaching Collar Grabs

Teaching your dog to accept collar grabs usually isn’t at the top of the training list, but it’s an important skill!  Many dogs find collar grabs slightly aversive and will fight by pulling back when you take the collar.  It’s important that you are able to take your...

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Calm Greeting Behaviors for a Happy and Well-Balanced Dog

Teaching your dog calm greeting behaviors isn’t always easy, but it is always worth the effort.  We all love our dogs, and there's nothing quite like coming home to a wagging tail and a big, warm, and enthusiastic greeting. However, sometimes these greetings can be a...

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Station Training: Teach Your Dog to Go to Their Place

Station training is a valuable skill that can significantly benefit you and your dog. By teaching your dog to go to a specific area and remain there until given permission to release, you can address various situations more effectively. Whether you're enjoying a meal,...

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Play the Sit Game to Reduce Jumping!

Do you need to reduce jumping with your dog?  Teach him or her to sit instead using this fun simple game! In my Basic Manners classes, one common complaint that people have is their dog jumps on people.  If we want to prevent a dog from doing something that we don’t...

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Reducing Jumping Up by Teaching an Incompatible Behavior

As a pet dog trainer, one common problem for which people seek out training is jumping up.  It’s annoying when dogs jump up, and if the dog is large, it can be downright dangerous.  So, how do you train your dog not to jump up on you and your family/friends?  ...

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A Journey to a Dream Come True

Life Long Passion I fell in love with training dogs back when I was a teenager working with my large German shepherd.  Actually, the passion was ignited well before that, when I was a small kid growing up in Rochester.  Our neighborhood had lots of dogs, and I, having...

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I Don’t Have Time to Train! How to Balance Dogs and Life

There are only so many hours in the day, and there is always something to do!  How do I find time to do it all?  Well...the short answer is, I don’t!  But I do the best I can! As I sit down to write this, my 6 year old foster daughter runs into the room.  “Mom, I’m...

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Happy Holidays!

This year has been hard.  I don’t know about you, but I am going through total dog show withdrawal.  I miss my dog friends.  I miss their dogs.  I miss stepping into the ring with my best partner.  And as much as I love them, I even miss the breaks from my kids on...

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Calm Down! How Food Reduces Arousal for Excited Dogs

Imagine this.  You’re pulling into your driveway after a long stressful work day.  When you walk into the house, your 65 pound lab starts frantically jumping at you while whining.  He’s just so happy and excited to see you, but nothing you do calms him down.  The more...

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Get Off! How to Get Your Dog to Stop Jumping

Why do dogs jump? As a pet dog trainer, one of the biggest complaints I hear about is jumping on people. We spend a lot of time working on this in my manners classes because it’s such an issue for so many dogs. Dogs jump for a variety of reasons, including seeking...

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