Monday, February 1, 2010

The Nose Knows: Benefits of Sniffing!

For a dog, sniffing can be a calming gesture and a great way to diffuse tension in a group. Learn how we can use this to our advantage by putting sniffing on cue!

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Nothing in Life is Free - Establishing Teamwork with your Canine Friend!

Rewards come in all shapes and sizes. Teach your dog that keeping you happy is the key that opens the door to all things wonderful by asking for a simple behavior before you do something for him.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Trick is in the Training!

Teaching tricks is not only fun for you and your dog, but also a great way to get in some quality training time! What may look like just a fun parlor trick is also a great way to practice self-control, retrieve skills and drop it. Here, Hope the Border Collie learns to retrieve a hankie from my pocket on the cue of a sneeze!

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Putting "Routine" in "Routine Vet Visit."

Once you've done your pre-vet, at-home work (See Vet Prep 101), it's time to work on keeping your dog calm and under control while in the waiting room of the vet's office. Do your dog a favor and visit the office for fun - when he doesn't have to be there! A few rounds of doing so will go a long way to improve his behavior when a real visit happens.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Vet Prep 101

Quick tips to help make vet visits less stressful -- for you, for your dog and the vet staff!

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Monday, January 4, 2010

Keeping Dogs off the Couch

If you don't want your dog up on the couch - ever - while he's learning, it's important to manage his environment so that he doesn't sneak up there when you're not watching.

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