The Nose Knows One of the most amazing senses a dog possesses is their sense of smell. With it they can see the world in a much different fashion then how we perceive our own surroundings. To correctly imagine how smells interact with the environment and how they are received by the dog it’s best…

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Smooth Handling: Leash Tips From A Master Easy to pickup but difficult to master, proper leash handling skills sets a talented dog handler apart from all others. In this article we’ll explore what comprises smooth handling. Keep in mind that with practice anyone can improve their leash handling…

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Hiking With Your Canine It’s one of our favorite pastimes here at the training center. There’s nothing like trekking through the woods and experiencing the beauty of nature with your own eyes with the assistance of your dog’s superior senses. From the person who takes an occasional stroll through…

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Ten Natural Steps to Training the Family Dog: Building a Positive Relationship It is most helpful to our clients to understand the origins of the dog they own — the dog they are willing to treat as a beloved member of their family. Often, the first difficulty our clients face is not understanding…

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Ten Natural Steps to Training the Family Dog Trained dogs are, universally, happier dogs. Dogs live in a black-and-white world, and they are most comfortable when they know exactly what you, their owner and handler, expect of them. Dogs like the attention of training. They like the praise, and…

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Dog Training and Eight Faces of Aggressive Behavior The Five Handling Manners of my basic obedience program constitute the foundation for managing all eight faces of dog aggression. Composure, Food Control, Visitor Control, Open Door Control, and the Walking Exercise represent the necessary…

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The continuation of Larry and Rouge’s story, part 2 “Think of composure as the footing for the manners foundation that the house of control rests on. When Larry pointed to the hostile, structural flaw in the house of control that he and Rouge lived in, it never occurred to him to look beyond the…

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The Aggression Management of Rouge, Part 3 “By lesson number three, I was more than satisfied with Larry’s overall position as team captain, and I was genuinely impressed with Rouge’s level of self control (hands free, in the thick of distractions). It was finally time to cut to the chase. I…

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10/16/2016 Teaching Heel around distractions “The final aspect of training is the distraction-proofing phase of our first formal command (heel). To me, this is always the most enjoyable part of training. The expressions we witness on some of the dogs’ faces are almost human. The most expressive…

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