The Relationship Between Human & Canine Coping Strategies

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How does coping skills and seperation anxiety relate to one another? Coping is defined as expending effort to minimize or tolerate stress. Coping responses are partly controlled by personality (habitual traits), but also partly by the social environment- that’s where you come in. What causes separation anxiety? Most often a dog’s separation anxiety is triggered when a […]

Leadership And Emulating Your High School Teacher

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Below is a list of Leadership Exercises that should be implemented when beginning any training program. These exercises outline specific privileges that a good leader would either expect or assume. Leaders eat first. Leaders go through doorways first. Leaders stay calm and in control. Leaders set the pace and the direction (i.e., Heel). Leaders do […]

Meet-and-Greet Checklist

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Each client and each dog is different. The important questions remain the same. We put together the top Meet-and-Greet questions that cover everything from health and safety to favorite toys and games. Health and Safety Who is the emergency contact in case you can’t be reached? This person should be familiar with the dog and […]

Teaching Your Dog to Roll Over

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When you start training your dog to roll over on command, you use a lure to guide your dog. You will most often use a treat as a lure. Start with your dog in the Down position Kneel beside your dog and hold a treat in your right hand, close to his nose. In a circular […]

Opposition Reflex in Dogs

Opposition Reflex

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Opposition Reflex is a term used to describe why a puppy first resists the tension of the leash by stopping or pulling away.  When tension is applied, a dog’s predatory instinct of fight, freeze or flight kicks in.  Many people don’t realize dogs have this reflex or they believe a dog stops or pulls out of spite […]

Teaching your dog the Down command.

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If you want a well-mannered dog, teaching him to lie down on command, or cue, is a must. This useful skill can help your dog control his impulses and help you control your dog. There are all kinds of things a dog can’t do if he’s lying down—including jumping up, running off, begging at the […]

Teaching your dog the Touch command.

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Teaching your dog to touch her nose to your outstretched hand—is a fun, easy training project, and it proves useful in a variety of situations. For example, after you teach your dog to hand target, you can use this skill to guide her onto a scale at the vet’s office, lead her through doorways when […]

Teaching your dog the Look command.

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The key to the look command is to condition your dog to look away from the distraction to your face if only for an instant. This turning away breaks your dog’s attention from the distraction and can be used in a variety of circumstances including but not limited to on-leash agitation or aggression. With practice, […]

Teaching Your Dog a Sit Command

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All dogs should learn basic obedience, and sitting when told is a particularly useful skill for a dog to master. Sitting on command can be especially beneficial to your dog in greeting situations. In fact, with proper training, your dog can learn that sitting is the best way to encourage people to say hello. Teaching […]

Teaching Your Dog a Drop It Command

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Training your dog to “drop it” means teaching your dog to let go of whatever is in his mouth on command. The release command is very important to teach your dog. It can protect him when he has something dangerous in his mouth, plus it allows you and your dog to safely play games like […]