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Socialization in dogs

Let’s talk about… Socialization

A lot of people think ‘Socialization’ is dogs playing together. This is just a very small piece of socializing your puppy/dog. Socialization is the exposure to new sights, sounds, smells. Basically, it’s giving your dog new experiences.

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Leashes and dogs

Let’s talk about… Leashes

Leashes are a safety device only. They keep your dog from running into the street or darting over to a dog or human. The most important thing about a leash is NOT to use it to control your dog–pulling them to you or away from something, repositioning them, or yanking them so they pay attention to you while you’re standing still can teach your dog that the leash is what needs to be listened to and not you.

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Bite inhibition in puppies

Let’s talk about… Bite inhibition in puppies

Question: How many of you have bought a puppy from a breeder, or adopted a puppy from a rescue and been given that puppy at 6 weeks of age and had nipping/biting problems that leave you bruised and bleeding? If not addressed this behavior can get completely out of control.

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Premack Principle in Dogs

Let’s Talk About… The Premack Principle

Many people follow the Premack Principle everyday. They do this by going to work at a job they don’t particular like but they do it to get a paycheck. Dogs follow this principle too. For example, my Lab had frequent ear infections and had to get his ears cleaned and medicated all the time. In the beginning he would avoid me, refuse to move, etc. After many ear sessions where he got a crazy, high value reward after the cleaning things changed.

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Socialization in dogs

Let’s talk about… Socialization

A lot of people think ‘Socialization’ is dogs playing together. This is just a very small piece of socializing your puppy/dog. Socialization is the exposure to new sights, sounds, smells. Basically, it’s giving your dog new experiences.

Read More >>
Leashes and dogs

Let’s talk about… Leashes

Leashes are a safety device only. They keep your dog from running into the street or darting over to a dog or human. The most important thing about a leash is NOT to use it to control your dog–pulling them to you or away from something, repositioning them, or yanking them so they pay attention to you while you’re standing still can teach your dog that the leash is what needs to be listened to and not you.

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Bite inhibition in puppies

Let’s talk about… Bite inhibition in puppies

Question: How many of you have bought a puppy from a breeder, or adopted a puppy from a rescue and been given that puppy at 6 weeks of age and had nipping/biting problems that leave you bruised and bleeding? If not addressed this behavior can get completely out of control.

Read More >>
Premack Principle in Dogs

Let’s Talk About… The Premack Principle

Many people follow the Premack Principle everyday. They do this by going to work at a job they don’t particular like but they do it to get a paycheck. Dogs follow this principle too. For example, my Lab had frequent ear infections and had to get his ears cleaned and medicated all the time. In the beginning he would avoid me, refuse to move, etc. After many ear sessions where he got a crazy, high value reward after the cleaning things changed.

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