Teaching Distance With Your Commands “Before I take this recall exercise into true distraction proofing, I like to practice for a number of days with the dog on a long line. Depending on the particulars of a handler/dog relationship, I usually suggest a length of line from twenty- five to fifty…

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How To Properly Socialize Your Dog This is another subject full of myths and incorrect assumptions. Think about dogs meeting in the same way as humans meeting for the first time. Most of us would never bear hug a perfect stranger, normally we would shake hands introduce ourselves and let a…

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Play Ball Like A Pro Playing ball with your pooch seems like such repetitive game, but it doesn’t have to be. It can be a fun versatile game that both participants enjoy. The best part is that it doesn’t matter how much room you have, a large or a small yard, our method adapts to any space. What…

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Secrets To Introducing Yourself To A Dog In this article I’ll be delving into useful concepts like body language, our approach and what not to do when meeting a new dog for the first time. Observation is one of our most often used tools here at the training center, with it we can often quickly and…

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Playing Tug With Your Pooch With so many myths out there it’s hard to know how to play with your dog properly. During my eight years of dog training I’ve come across all sorts of myths. One of those erroneous beliefs I’ve come across is that you don’t want your dog to win when you play Tug-of-war…

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Monumental Training Concepts “Competitive, defensive, greedy, territorial, controlling, independent, hungry, excitable, engaging, curious, protective, familial, combative, grouchy, affectionate, devoted, courageous, determined, adaptive, resilient, alert, playful, sulking, discerning, bias,…

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Dependable Sit Around Distractions Once the connection between command and posture clicks in the dog’s mind, the teaching phase of training this command is over forever! In truth, the average dog only requires a dozen or so placements with commands to be comfortable with this association. As a…

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Grooming and Equipment Positive associations of the equipment and dealing with resistance. “A slip collar is such a magical piece of equipment with its hostility diffusing capabilities (through extended corrections), I can’t imagine working on aggression without it. I tell owners of hostile dogs…

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Ten Natural Steps to Training the Family Dog: Building a Positive Relationship Visualize working through the ten training steps as climbing up a ten-rung ladder. Like a ladder climber, you cannot reach rung ten without stepping on rung nine first. Each rung is your support as you reach for the…

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