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  • Common Socialization Pitfalls and What to Do Instead
    by D.R Admin Team One on July 20, 2018 at 11:24 am

    Vinny Olito | Camp Ruff Ruff Common Socialization Pitfalls and What to Do Instead Many pet parents come to dog trainers with behaviors that stem from experiences during socialization. One example of how a single experience can affect an otherwise well socialized dog is Heidi, as shown in a story […]

  • Tips on How to Recognize and Avoid Heat Stroke
    by D.R Admin Team One on July 15, 2018 at 8:06 pm

     Tips on How to Recognize and Avoid Heat Stroke    How to Recognize and Avoid Heat Stroke Did you know that the dog-days of summer can be deadly to your dog?  As the temperature and humidity rises, so does the occurrence of heat stroke.  While you may think your dog can […]

  • Hydrotherapy and your Dog
    by D.R Admin Team One on July 15, 2018 at 7:32 pm

     Hydrotherapy and your Dog    Does your dog struggle to get in his daily dose of exercise due to illness, injury or old age? Just like their humans, dogs struggle with many health issues that make exercising a real struggle and often times, even impossible.  One solution to this […]

  • Realistic Expectations for Training Based on Age
    by D.R Admin Team One on July 8, 2018 at 12:55 pm

     Realistic Expectations for Training Based on Age  For many new dog owners excited to bring their puppy home, the amount of contradictory advice for when to start training their new family member can be confusing. On one side, some dog trainers recommend avoiding training until the puppy […]

  • When You Should Start Training Your Puppy
    by D.R Admin Team One on July 8, 2018 at 12:22 pm

     When You Should Start Training Your Puppy  Ask a group of dog trainers when the best age is to train a puppy and you may get several different answers. This is because the standards for dog training has gone through such an evolution over the years: industry techniques that were common […]

  • Dog Urine Marking | Important Behind-the-Scene Communication
    by D.R Admin Team One on May 23, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Dog Urine Marking: Important Behind-the-Scene Communication!  Urine, often the source of woe for many homeowners training a new dog, is also getting recognition as a vital communication tool for canines.  The importance behind your dog lifting their leg has gone unstudied for quite a […]

  • Should you use retractable leashes to walk your dog?
    by D.R Admin Team One on May 17, 2018 at 1:01 pm

     Should you use retractable leashes to walk your dog?  Going for a walk with your dog is one of the best times for you two to connect. It’s a time to exercise and play together. More literally, there’s also a physical connection between you two: a leash. There are so many […]

  • Top 10 Things Humans Do That Dogs Hate
    by D.R Admin Team One on May 11, 2018 at 10:42 pm

     Top 10 Things Humans Do That Dogs Hate    Relationships between humans and dogs can be complex. If you don’t take the time to adjust your behavior when owning a dog, then you could find that your bond is never able to reach its full potential. A loving and compassionate […]

  • Are Dogs Pack Animals?
    by D.R Admin Team One on May 7, 2018 at 12:47 pm

     Are Dogs Pack Animals?    In the last decade, the mantra of many dog trainers has been the same: be the leader of your pack.  This rule has remained constant due to the belief dogs are no different than the wolves they evolved from.  Despite dogs now coming in a range of […]

  • Beach Safety for You and Your Dog
    by D.R Admin Team One on April 22, 2018 at 1:31 am

     Beach Safety for You and Your Dog  You know Summer has arrived when you can pack up the cooler with hotdogs, load up the car, grab the dog leash, and head out to the local beach.  A day with sun and sand brings some of the best adventures for you and your dog, but also […] […]

  • Chlorine and Your Dog – Should You Be Worried?
    by D.R Admin Team One on April 19, 2018 at 1:28 pm

     Chlorine and Your Dog – Should You Be Worried?    The barbeques are firing up, ice cream trucks are going, and you have finally opened your pool for the sunny season – don’t forget to think of your dog when considering pool-side safety tips.  While the number […]

  • Why Dogs Eat Grass?
    by D.R Admin Team One on April 19, 2018 at 12:58 pm

     Why Dogs Eat Grass?    Your dog does some very quirky things – they prefer sitting on you instead of next to you, they never seem to remember that the glass door needs to be open in order to walk through it, and they love to eat weird things.  When those weird things […]

  • Aversive Training Can Cause Fallout
    by D.R Admin Team One on December 1, 2017 at 3:23 pm

     Aversive Training Can Cause Fallout  We all want our dogs to listen to our cues and behave accordingly, and there are many different ways to condition your dog’s behavior to your liking. For years people have used negative reinforcement as a primary training method. Also known as, […]

  • Antecedent Arrangements & Your Dog
    by D.R Admin Team One on December 1, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Antecedent Arrangements The idea behind antecedent arrangements can make unwanted behaviors more difficult or even impossible for your dog while making wanted behaviors easier.  There are a few different steps you can take to alter your dogs’ behavior to better fit what you expect in a […]

  • The ABCs of Dog Training
    by Kirsten Frisch on November 28, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    The ABCs of Dog Training&nbsp If you have spent any time in any sort of dog training forum at some point you have probably come across the word reinforcement dog training.  If those words conjure up the image of your know-it-all neighbor holding out a cookie asking their little Papillion […]

  • Understanding Change In Dog Behavior
    by D.R Admin Team One on November 5, 2017 at 6:04 pm

      Understanding Change In Dog Behavior   Dogs do what works. Change in dog behavior is simply your dog responding to his environment at that moment. What he does one day will not necessarily be what he does another day.   Let me start off by addressing the ideas behind pack theory. […]

  • Correcting Bad Dog Behavior
    by D.R Admin Team One on November 5, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Correcting Bad Dog Behavior When you search the internet for ways to correct bad dog behavior you can find 150 ways NOT to do it. ...but your dog is pulling your arm off, and you are frustrated! I have more years of training horses under my belt than dogs. During all those years I was […] […]

  • The Hype About Being The Alpha Dog
    by D.R Admin Team One on November 1, 2017 at 3:39 am

     The Hype About Being The Alpha Dog  By now you are familiar with the term alpha dog. Hollywood even made a movie around that phrase. But what does being the alpha dog mean? Good Question! First, a short lesson in science about a hypothesis. A hypothesis is the question scientists ask […]

  • One way dogs communicate is through body language.
    by D.R Admin Team One on October 11, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    One Way Dogs Communicate is Through Body Language Have you ever looked at your dog and thought “Why is he doing that?” or “Hmmm, what is my dog feeling?” One way dogs communicate is through body language. Reading a dog’s body language and accompanying behaviors can […]

  • Stages of Puppyhood
    by D.R Admin Team One on October 7, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Stages of Puppyhood Being a puppy is more than just play time, cuddles, and puppy breath. Every day your little one is learning and growing. What they experience in these formative years (Stages of Puppyhood) play an integral role in the personality they will develop as they turn into adult dogs. […]

  • Why positive reinforcement when training a dog is so important!
    by D.R Admin Team One on October 6, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Why positive reinforcement when training a dog is so important! I think most of us can agree that the old saying, “you catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar” is pretty accurate. Positive interactions are what keep us going, filtering out negative ones while focusing on […]

  • Dominance: In The Dog Training Industry
    by D.R Admin Team One on October 6, 2017 at 5:27 pm

     Dominance in The Dog Training Industry  The term dominance gets thrown around a lot in the dog training industry. For generations people and trainers alike have attributed many dog behaviors to a dominance structure. Either the dog is dominating or submissive, which has been thought to […]

  • Applied Behavior Analysis – How is it applied to our pet dogs?
    by D.R Admin Team One on September 17, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Applied Behavioral Analysis For Dog People Effective, humane dog training and behavior intervention starts with behavior analysis. Dog training is not a recipe that you can replicate over and over. Dogs are individuals, and in order to work with them in a way that teaches them so they can […]

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