Socialize Your Puppy

With all of the new puppies over the Summer, we’ve had many questions on socialization. Here’s a refresher!

In the past it was considered dangerous to take a young, partially vaccinated puppy out into the world.  We now know differently!  We now know that more dogs are euthanized each year due to behavior problems than puppies who acquire parvo virus.  Many of these behavior problems could have been prevented if the dogs had been socialized as a puppy.  Puppies learn about what is scary and what is safe during the first 4 months of life.  If a puppy is not exposed to new people, places and things the puppy may later develop strong fears to these things.
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What to look for in a Dog Trainer

There are no legal certifications or education requirements for dog trainers.  That means that anyone can say they are a dog trainer, even if they have not actual experience, education or training. This can make it difficult to know if you are hiring a true professional or not.  If you find yourself looking for a dog trainer but cannot decide who to choose, there are a few tips that can help you find a qualified trainer.

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Consistency + Repetition = Success!

Think of a time when you were learning something new- how to ride a bike, a new language, how to read, etc.

To learn effectively we need a clear, consistent teacher and we need to practice (sometimes we have to practice a lot!).  If our teacher does not have a plan or if the instructions are confusing, our learning will suffer.  If we don’t practice, our learning will be difficult.Continue Reading

Truly Force Free – Lure vs Click

Truly Force Free – Teaching Sit to Stand