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4 Ways to Enrich Your Lifestyle With Your Dog

So what exactly is dog enrichment and how can it possibly become a “lifestyle ?” Just like it’s root word dictionary definition, “to improve or enhance the quality of,” canine enrichment improves your dog’s mental capacity and enhances his understanding of his relationship with you and the world around him. So let’s make every experience…

5 Reasons to Bond with Your Dog Without Talking

When you communicate with your dog without talking, this builds a bond as you’ve never experienced before. Dog’s don’t read, and they aren’t born speaking English. Mammals are not born understanding the rules of safety nor do we use words to communicate right away. Just as we don’t expect a young infant to completely understand…

Teaching the Release Word in Dog Training

When you are communicating with your dog, the release word is the ever-important cue allowing your dog to know when something may start or when it’s finished. If you skip using a release word in dog training, it’s like telling someone you’ve got a great story to tell and then walking away, leaving the person hanging.…

35 Reasons to Use the Leash in the House

Teaching a puppy to wear a leash in the house can be a great tool to get you started with teaching basic manners at home. Preventing unwanted behaviors is always more effective than teaching a pup who has already learned that misbehaving is lots of fun! Prevention of misbehavior does require that you think ahead…

Trick Training: 6 Dog Training Techniques for the Learner and the Teacher

These five favorite “go-to” trick training techniques are fun and simple to learn. You will know when the experience of learning has happened for you and your dog when you have continued success over and over. You will both achieve results together building a bond based on trust, communication, and mutual respect. Enjoy the learning…

Dog Travel Safety Tips: How to Keep Your Dog Safe

Many of our pets travel with us on a daily or regular basis and since this month recognizes National Pet Travel Safety Day this blog is devoted to dogs and their welfare. Here are a few safety suggestions you may not have considered:   1. Identification Tags  When you are heading out the door with the…

Stay Snazzy and Safe on National Dress Up Your Pet Day

January 14th is National Dress up your Pet Day, and of course, this calls for a celebration… but how? These tricks will help you prepare your pet to feel confident and comfortable in their snazzy outfits! Keep it Pawsitive Positivity is key in any new experience for your pet! Training your dog to see their…

How To Use Rewards in Dog Training

Rewards in Dog Training If I use food rewards in dog training, does that mean I’m “bribing” him? There is still such a misconception in the dog training world that if we use food treats, we are essentially “talking the dog into…” listening. Bribing doesn’t work. It won’t work with any type of reward, whether…

5 Things to Know Before Bringing Home a Dog

So you think you found your dream dog? Before you decide if it’s love at first sight, remember it takes much more than providing a heart and a home to that 4-legged dream boat. Most likely you are a dog lover, most people are. Although, when offering a dog a happy and healthy life with…

Dogs: Thieves, hoarders and runners… Unless we teach them safety first!

Dogs: Thieves, hoarders and runners… Unless we teach them safety first! Pet parents around the world must truly realize the value of investing in a positive dog training program to fix “problem” behaviors. Although, dogs don’t think running away is a problem; they certainly don’t think stealing things that don’t belong to them is anything…

Does Size Matter?

With it being Valentine’s Day weekend, this is the perfect time to talk about treats! If your loved one surprised you with a Valentine and a mini size chocolate bar you might  be happy. Although, if you were presented with a Valentine, a dozen roses and a giant box of chocolate bars, you would certainly…

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