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Solving Barking at Noises

The problem This article addresses the issue of barking at noises while in a house or apartment when the owner is home as well as absent. Dogs bark for many reasons. We can assume that dogs are barking at noises they hear outside the house because they are either startled, aroused or worried about the […]

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The Misuse of Muzzles

A muzzle is like a seat belt. It reduces injury but doesn’t prevent accidents. I have noticed a recent trend of the misuse of muzzles and the misunderstanding of their function in a behavior modification plan. No one puts on a seat belt and then suddenly drives carelessly. Yet, often times people put muzzles on […]

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Submissive Urination When Greeting People

The video below covers how to train and prevent your puppy or adult dog from urinating when greeting a family member, friend or stranger. Some puppies will grow out of this behavior, but for others the behavior can continue into adulthood. The most important concept to remember is to try and keep your cool if […]

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How to Read Your Dog’s Body Language in Training Sessions

This article describes how to read your dog’s body language in training sessions. Firstly we shall look at what the ears of the dog are telling us during a training session. When training a dog you want to shoot for the ear position on the left: POINTED AT YOU, relaxed or perky. I call these […]

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Looking Between the ABCs

While looking through some of my old material I came across the notes from my old Clicker Expo presentation on Solving Frustration.  One section in the presentation was called Looking Between the ABCs.  Here I invited trainers to not just focus on the Antecedent, Behavior and Consequence but to also investigate what is going on […]

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Teach Your Dog How to Behave When in the Backyard

A lot of people take the precautions of keeping their new dog in a mistake free environment inside their house when left unattended until the dog can be trusted to have more freedom, but often neglect to take the same precautions when leaving their dog alone outside. Outdoor management, prevention and training is just as […]

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Lumos at 10 Weeks – Thoughts on Puppy Socialization

Lumos, Martina’s Border Collie puppy, turned 10 weeks old and I have finally some time to begin writing a blog about him and thoughts I have while we raise him.  These thoughts in this post are on socialization. I think it’s really important to consider HOW puppy socialization takes place, and remember to vary it.  […]

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Teach ‘Sit Pretty’ for Protection Against Injury

By Emily Larlham The trick ‘Sit Pretty’ is one of my favorite exercises to teach dogs.  It is not only an adorable trick, but it has many benefits that make it a must to train.  Teaching ‘Sit Pretty’ increases your dog’s balance and body awareness.  It also builds your dogs core muscles which protect the […]

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Train your dog to do absolutely… NOTHING!

Reinforcing your dog for doing nothing is a technique I learned from my most amazing mentor, Kyle Rayon.  The idea is, when you see your dog doing absolutely NOTHING, that is the moment you want to reinforce him with attention and treats.  For example: Your dog is standing calmly at your side on a loose […]

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By Emily Larlham Generalizing simply means, teaching your dog that when you ask him to perform a behavior, it means the same thing regardless of the scenario or environment you are in.  Dogs do not generalize as well as us humans do, so it can make it very difficult for us to understand what they […]

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 By Emily Larlham Your puppy is going to chew, so take preventive measures.  Wipe Wintergreen Oil on surfaces that you don’t want your puppy to chew on.  For example, wood skirting boards, chair legs, table legs, and wires.  Do this weekly.  Wintergreen oil is an essential oil sold at places like Whole Foods that has […]

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