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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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04
Jan 2016

Happy New Year! Have you thought about your New Year’s Resolutions yet? Maybe your dog needs a resolution too? Pulling on leash? Jumping on guests? Excessive barking? Begging at the table? Not listening? If this sounds a little too familiar then it might just be time to make a joint resolution with your dog. While we hope training becomes an all year thing for you and your dog, why not take this opportunity to start the year off right? We have a variety of options when it comes to training to suit......

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10
Dec 2015

Dog Training the Reactive Dog Reactivity while on leash is incredibly common. There are a lot of factors that come into play causing the reactivity, but in the end people just want to be able to walk their dog without having to avoid passing other dogs. The below video was taken at our Adult Group Class at Temple of the Dog in Beamsville, Ontario. Two of the dogs are dog reactive and one has shown some signs of dog aggression. After working through these issues we have calm happy dogs! If you......

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25
Nov 2015

One conversation I am consistently having with clients is on the topic of crating. For the record, I am PRO crating! All three of my dogs are crated during the day while we are not home. Not one of them is upset or stressed about being in their crate. Why do I believe in crate training? Safety – We are responsible for the safety of our dogs. When we leave a young dog or an active chewer uncrated and unattended, we are being irresponsible. Your dog could get into something that is poisonous......

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20
Nov 2015

Easy Dog Training Tips One of the first things I always tell my clients is that they don’t necessarily need to set aside a certain amount of time for training their dog each day. What they do need to do is start incorporating the exercises I teach them into their everyday life. This not only saves clients time, because lets face it, the main reason people fail at training their dog is because they “don’t have the time to train every day”, but it also establishes real world training rather than a......

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15
Nov 2015

The flexi-lead is one tool I would not be sad to see die. Actually, I would be through the roof, singing, and dancing happy if the flexi-lead was never sold in another store again. Now, I will let you in on a deep dark secret of mine…I have used a flexi-lead in the past. I don’t often admit this but now you know! So I can understand why the average dog owner would think the flexi-lead is an awesome tool. What’s NOT awesome about it though? Everything! The people who buy flexi-leads......

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10
Nov 2015

When training your dog there are three important components that you need to keep in mind when practicing to ensure your dog can still perform the task regardless of it’s surroundings. Those components are called the 3 D’s of training. So what are the 3 D’s? 1. Duration dog training tips 2. Distance dog training tips 3. Distraction dog training tips Duration – We always start with duration as the first of the D’s to practice. For example, this means that your dog should be able to hold a sit with you right beside......

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08
Nov 2015

Crate training is an invaluable tool that all dog owner’s should use. Not only does it keep your dog safe while you are not home, it provides them with much needed down time, structure, and the ability to be calm in a small space (can come in handy if your dog ever needs veterinary care and needs to stay overnight, or be kenneled while you go on vacation). puppy crate training How to start: Make sure you have the right sized crate. The dog should have enough room to get up and turn......

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