Dog Training vs. Obedience vs. Behavior

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There is a big difference between dog training, dog obedience, and dog behavior. You can have a dog that is well trained but still behaves poorly. Let me explain. To me, dog training is simply teaching certain commands such as sit, down, stay, come, etc to a dog. Most of the time the dog is conditioned to do those commands […]

Advice for the struggling dog owner

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Due to seeing so many people re-homing their dogs recently I’ve decided to write something up to help those in need. Whether you are struggling with a dog you recently adopted from a shelter or a dog you have had for a while but are finally feeling overwhelmed and/or frustrated with their behaviors. I want to help people keep dogs […]

Daily Exercise Is Required!

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A big piece of the puzzle to having a well-behaved dog is giving them the right amount of daily exercise. That will be dependent on their age, breed, and health. While training them to be calm is one aspect, being able to give your dog the exercise they need on a daily basis is very important. This can be done […]

Turning on and off your dogs energy

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I’m a big fan of conditioning dogs to be calm in the house because that’s the way I like to live with dogs indoors. To me, outdoors is for exercise, playtime, and socialization. That being said, there will be times I will allow some play indoors… BUT! I only allow it because I know I stop it. At any given […]

Be Proactive. Not Reactive.

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If you’re struggling with canine chaos in your household it’s because you are allowing it. Learn to control your dogs energy. Giving them the proper exercise both physical and mental is a great start but you can also condition your dog to relax inside your house. Show your dog what is acceptable behavior while indoors. Establish rules and boundaries for […]

The Power of ‘No’

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While I was out of town recently, I was playing off-leash fetch with my very ball driven German Shepherd Sage one morning. We’ve played fetch hundreds of times before this and never really had any issues or scares. This particular morning we were playing in an area we haven’t played before. At the top of a very steep hill in a […]

Don’t feel sorry. Work through it.

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Like most people, I hate to see dogs struggle. Whether they struggle with fear, anxiety, aggression, it really doesn’t matter what the issue is, its a shame to see a dog struggle. That brings me to something that just happened to me tonight. I’m currently training an 8 month old Golden Retriever named Mason. He’s your typical happy go lucky […]

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late

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So while I am on my trip in Ticonderoga, NY visiting Joshua Hurlburt from Calm and Connected K9 I ran into a lady and I would like to share my experience with the hopes of shedding some light on dog training and how much it is relationship based. As I walked out of my hotel room one morning with Sage […]

Dog Motivation and How To Find It

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Dog Motivation and How To Find It Dog training is all about dog motivation in my opinion. How can I motivate a dog to do what I want and what I do not want? I feel that dog training is finding your dogs motivation and using it to your advantage. Dog motivation can be many different things and it is […]

Dog Leadership

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Dog Leadership What is dog leadership and how should we display it to our dogs? There are many different ways to show a dog leadership. Most people tend to think dog leadership is loving them, providing materialistic things such as food and toys. As dog owners, I’m sure we can all agree we got ours for at least one common […]