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Puppy Personality Development: Iceberg Rising

Nurture (the way a dog is raised) can help a dog reach its full potential, but in my experience, it is Nature (what’s in his DNA) that provides the raw materials and determines what that potential will be.

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Dog Training

Dog Training Styles — Making Sense of Them

Dog trainers tend to fall into two camps: those that Train with positive reinforcement only and those that use a balance of reward and consequence to achieve Obedience. Read on about Treat-Based & Purely Positive Training versus Nature-Based Obedience….

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Dog Training

BORDER PATROL: Teaching Dog Boundaries

With a long line attached to your dog via his collar, you can teach your dog to respect virtually any boundary – whether it is the edge of the lawn, the threshold of your front door, or the doorway of the room

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Dog Behavior

“D” in Daycare? “A” in Canine!

The plethora of doggie daycare centers around the country in the last few years is nothing short of mind-boggling.  But with the popularity of daycare services for dogs, there comes an unrealistic expectation – that all dogs can and should be social with others

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Dog Training

It’s Not About “SIT!”

While specific commands (like Sit, Down, Heel) are handy and convenient, they have nothing to do with human dog relationships (ie. who’s in charge) and they are unnatural in the dog world.

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Dog Training

“THE SCOOP” on House Training Dogs

For a dog, pooping and peeing is just another behavior, like begging at the table or hanging around my horses. Like with any behavior, they will repeat it if it ends in a good result

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Dog Behavior

#1 Cause of Dog Behavior Issues: TOO MUCH FREEDOM!

When we give our dog too much freedom – the freedom to patrol the entire yard or property while we are gone, the freedom to hike off leash without voice control, the freedom to roam about the house and explore with no restrictions, the freedom to sniff, pull, and investigate at will on our walks…we are sending a potentially dangerous message!

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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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