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Jan 2017

Often when people inquire about training with me, they think because I am a “balanced trainer” that I don’t use food. When in fact I do use food, I just use it differently than most trainers. Instead of using treats as a bribe, I use the dog’s meal as a paycheque.  Here is an example of one meal with a dog I have in for training....

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22
Dec 2016

I often get inquiries from expecting parents on how to properly introduce their dog to the new baby once it arrives. In my opinion it is not as simple as just introducing the dog to the baby the right way…In fact there are quite a few things that I would suggest working on far before the baby comes home. Most of the people who contact me will tell me they plan to bring a baby blanket home to let the dog smell it before the baby comes in and that they will......

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25
Jul 2016

How Much Exercise Does My Dog Need? Great question! Let’s take a look at how much exercise your dog needs and how you can fulfill that need. One of the first things I will ask a client when I first meet with them is how much exercise their dog gets? Regardless of the reason I am there (from house training to behaviour modification), exercise is important. It is rare that the dog is getting sufficient exercise and in some cases the dog is getting no exercise at all. Unless your dog has......

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19
Jul 2016

How to train your dog not to run out the door Teaching your dog not to run out the door could literally save his life. Dogs don’t know how dangerous it could be for them to run out the front door, and unless you teach them not to there is a good chance they will do it at least once in their life. For some dogs it happens often. In just 4 minutes I have broken down the steps to teaching your dog not to run out the door. I teach this......

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17
Jun 2016

Use food like a pay cheque for training Dogs are bred to work! 90% of pet dogs live an unfulfilled life as they are never given a job. We do everything for them without them ever having to earn anything. No different than people who are handed everything to them, dogs who live an unfulfilled life are usually bratty, entitled and pushy. An easy way to have your dog work is to work for their meals. Your dog will still be getting the same amount of food, and will appreciate their new......

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15
Jun 2016

What to do if a dog runs up off leash We’ve all been there…walking our dog, minding our own business….and all of a sudden there is an off leash dog bee-lining it straight towards us. The owner is somewhere, only to be heard yelling “don’t worry, he’s friendly”! What do you do? A) Allow the rude dog to rush up to your dog, and hope for the best? B) If you have a small enough dog, pick him up? C) Run the other way and hope the dog loses interest? D) Advocate......

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08
Jun 2016

Dog Training Tips – #2 What you feed your dog matters! Before you begin training, make sure your dog is eating a healthy diet. They learn best when they feel their best, and it will only make training easier. No different than sending a kid to school on a diet that consists of only fast foods, dogs require a healthy and balanced diet to thrive. Unfortunately, the big name kibbles (ie. Purina, Iams, Hills etc.) are not quality foods. We suggest that you visit www.dogfoodadvisor.com and check to see how your dog’s......

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