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08
Jun 2016

Fearful Dog Training How to help your fearful dog Fear is a common problem among pet dogs these days. I get plenty of calls regarding dogs who arefearful or nervous of all kinds of different things, and some are just scared of life in general. When it comes to fear, dogs are fight or flight animals…so when they are scared either one of those instincts will kick in. The majority of dogs go into fight mode, which is where you get what looks like “aggressive” behaviours starting to happen. When a dog......

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03
Jun 2016

Dog Training Tips –  #1 Make training your dog fun! Everything your dog does depends on you. YOU let him out of his crate in the morning. YOU feed him. YOU let him outside to play. , YOU walk him and play with him. YOU control your dog’s daily activities, resources and environment. Essentially you are your dogs whole world. Not only does your dog deserve to have some fun with you, but dogs who get out and have fun with their owners are overall more well rounded and well behaved dogs.......

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24
May 2016

Off Leash Dog Training – Burlington, Ontario Bear is a 9 month old German Shepherd Dog who is with us for a 2 week board and train. By the end of 2 weeks he will be off leash reliable. Today was only the second day and I was able to drop the leash while working on our off leash heel command. We are using low level remote collar training to teach Bear to be off leash. He is working on a level 3 of 100 (the average human does not even feel......

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22
Mar 2016

Is your dog digging in the yard? Does it seem like you can’t even leave your dog out for 2 minutes without finding them busily putting yet another hole in your grass? Good thing is, yes we can help you with your dog digging problems. Bad news is, it’s not a simple fix like you might think. Digging in the yard is very common problem I get asked for help with. Unfortunately, like most problems not only is there no magic wand to wave and fix it, digging is often a symptom of a......

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13
Mar 2016

Imagine yourself taking a walk, minding your own business, enjoying your day. Then you encounter a guy running straight towards you, shouting and getting right in your personal space, possibly even touching you. How would this make you feel? You probably wouldn’t like it, you might even react in a way you normally wouldn’t just to get the guy to back off. off leash training Now replace yourself with your dog, and the guy with an off leash dog. See where I am going with this? It would be nice to be able to walk my......

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11
Feb 2016

With the extreme cold weather, it’s not ideal to be out for long walks. If you have a high energy dog though that can be a problem with keeping your sanity. I like to change it up with the games we play, so we aren’t always playing fetch. The flirt pole is a fantastic way to train while playing and burning energy.  All you need is a lunge whip for horses (can pick one up at your local tack shop or Tractor Supply Co-op), and a toy to tie to the end.......

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28
Jan 2016

Dog training hamilton, ontario Who wouldn’t want to have a happy dog? I mean we love our pets as if they were our own kin, but do we really know how to make them happy? Most people think love and affection is all you need. WRONG, so wrong! While our dogs do crave our affection it certainly should not be the first thing you give them. Check out below the 10 ingredients to having a happy dog (and in turn happy you!). I suggest taking a look at your current arrangements and......

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19
Jan 2016

When training your puppy or dog, the tool you use should be efficient and effective. The way you use the tool should be clear, consistent, and humane. While I am not going to discuss any one specific tool, know that we use a variety of training collars when training a dog. The only tools we do not use are harnesses (of any type), or regular flat buckle collars. Of course we do have our preferences, but that is not the point of this post. When training your dog you should be using your......

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18
Jan 2016

House Training Your Puppy in just 4 easy steps! When it comes to house training your puppy, the most important thing you need to remember is to be patient and consistent. House training can be very simple if you follow these steps. If you skip any steps, know that you are going to slow down the process and you may see a delay in training. Also remember that puppies are puppies, and they will make mistakes as will you. If your training is going well and your puppy makes a mistake, take......

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15
Jan 2016

Puppy Socialization What is puppy socialization? Recently I shared an article explaining my hate for dog parks. OK, hate might be a strong word…more like my strong dislike for dog parks. If you read the article you will understand why I dislike them so much (if you did not read it here it is http://www.kdmathews.com/-bark-blog/just-say-noto-dogparks). When people get a new puppy or dog, everyone says “oh you have to socialize them right away”. Somehow, somewhere the definition of socialization turned into taking your dog to the dog park to be around as many dogs......

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