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Dog Behavior

Camilla Gray-Nelson, owner of Dairydell Canine in Petaluma, works with Duke, 2, to train him in behavioral skills that his family wants him to have before they welcome their first newborn baby.
Dog Behavior

Petaluma dog trainer: Personality is key

In my life on the farm and later in my long dog-training career, I have worked with literally thousands of dogs. It is clear that each one is born with an inherent personality and temperament: bold or shy, friendly or suspicious, those that avoid aggression at almost all costs and others that place it at the top of their toolbox to get their way.

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Dog photo for food aggression blog post
Dog and Family

Food Aggression or Self Fulfilling Prophecy?

The last few times I’ve had clients come in with concerns regarding food aggression behavior, I noticed a few things that they all had in common. First of all, each had 4 month old puppies and had these puppies since 8 weeks of age. All families mentioned their previous dog also exhibited food…

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Dog and Family

BABY, OH BABY: Preparing Your Pooch for the New Arrival

OK, all you excited parents and grandparents-to-be! This life change ahead of you can be exhilarating, but also a little stressful — especially for your dog. While you are busy happily preparing for your new little human family member, consider preparing your dog as well.

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Dog Behavior

Breed Differences: Variations on a Theme

Choosing a dog is a big deal. How do you make the right choice? Is it pure luck, or is there a way increase your odds of success? I think so! My system is this: First, choose a breed with breed characteristics most compatible with you and your lifestyle.

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Dog Behavior

Home-Alone Dogs: BOREDOM BUSTERS

No matter how you ensure the safety of your dog while you’re at work, chances are you may worry that your dog becomes bored while you’re gone. A bored dog may start digging in the yard, howling and barking uncontrollably,

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Monthly Maintenance Classes

For Board & Train Grads & Their Dogs

To better serve our Dream Dog™ Board & Train graduates, our monthly maintenance classes have had a Total Makeover! Now each month will have its own theme, and each class within that month will be geared for either on-leash OR off-leash grads and include Holiday preparedness exercises when appropriate. We will even be including special HOLIDAY training exercises for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and 4th of July!

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