Training

  1. Celebrating Your Best Friend

    Celebrating Your Best Friend
    That little fuzzy face is there day in and day out - ready to greet you and make any bad day better. I am sure you have a similar look waiting for you when you get home from a long day - or even just home from a trip to the mail box! My furbaby, Rowlf, wandered into my life 11 years ago. He was a little fluffy ball full of energy who loved the cats, ran in circles and looked at me for constant approval - with big eyes...
  2. {Free Download} New Puppy Checklist

    {Free Download} New Puppy Checklist
    Bringing home a new puppy is always exciting. Those soft puppy kisses are the absolute sweetest!! With all of the fun a little dog brings - like the first time he tries to take off running on the hardwood floor - it is easy to forget a few essentials you will need after you get home. I know when I brought my adorable little fuzz ball home, I had a bag of food, a collar and every.single.toy in the store! It wasn't until a few days later I found myself...
  3. Dog Training: Tips, Tricks, Best Breeds and Physical Effects

    Dog Training: Tips, Tricks, Best Breeds and Physical Effects
    Don't you ever wonder what your pooch is thinking on the twenty-third time you are tossing his ball while playing fetch? This infographic may not reveal your pup's thoughts, but it does tell you exactly what is going on in his brain! Training actually stimulates sections of his brain, both releases and reduces different chemicals, and makes him physically addicted to listening to you. (Now if I could only figure out a way to do that with my kids!) This great reference really drew me in with all of their...
  4. 5 Reasons To Celebrate With A Dog Party

    5 Reasons To Celebrate With A Dog Party
    We are happy to host Brandi Elliott, author of Death by Chocolate Lab, with her reasons to celebrate with a dog party. We all love a good party, and this includes our pups.  While we may be happy just throwing a birthday party for our best friends, the fun doesn’t have to stop there.  Here is a list of 5 more reasons to celebrate with our favorite four-legged friends.  1.  Any Human Holiday Having a 4th of July party for friends--why not invite their dogs too?  Wouldn’t it be great...
  5. Dog Training Treat Options and Recipes

    Dog Training Treat Options and Recipes
    artolog / Foter / CC BY-NCGiving your dog different food treat rewards for good behavior is a fun and effective way of training. Using a variety of treats will also help keep your dog from getting bored, and keep him interested in training. Training treats are best if they are tempting and delicious, small or easy to break into small pieces, easy to carry, and healthy. It is also good to have some that mean less to your pup (like his dog food) and more valuable treats (like meat) so...
  6. Teaching “Drop It”

    Why is it important to teach a dog to “drop it”? If you have a puppy at home, you know they seem to always have something they shouldn’t in their mouths. If you have an older dog that still has this habit, it will protect her from having something dangerous, toxic, poisonous or even valuable to you in her mouth. It also allows you and your dog to safely play games like tug-of-war. The goal is right when you say “drop it”, your dog drops whatever it is they have...
  7. “Four on the Floor” – Positive Reinforcement Training for Jumping Up

    When trying to stop dogs from jumping up, most people try to correct the behavior by using punishment. With positive reinforcement, however, you want to focus on what you want your dog to do rather than what you want them not to do. So, when teaching your dog not to jump up, you want to reward your dog for having all four feet on the floor. In order to make the Four on the Floor behavior work, you will need to do the following things: 1) Teach your dog that...

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