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October 16, 2017 @ 6:53 PM

New puppy Dharma's training journal (contains training tips)
So he has been with us for two weeks now, and we have been focusing on housetraining. Supervision, literal, eyes on him at all times. Have caught him in the act a few times, say "UhUh" and pick him out and run him outside to finish.

Mostly in the beginning, would see him start to sniff around, and out we go, praise, click, treat after he finishes.
That progressed to him going to the door in whatever room we are occupying, happened in about four days. Get him out quickly saying "you want to go out", and let him run to the exit door so he learns to walk there eventually to tell us he needs to go potty.

The breeder did not crate train him......

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March 31, 2015 @ 12:17 PM

Dog Lovers Ode To Spring                                    

Upon arising today amid Springs swelling
My nose detected something awful en mass
What was that odor lurking in my dwelling?
Not lavender, nor mint, nor sasssafrass
Omg, is it true that I smell ass?
I dashed to the door, and open I threw it
To be greeted by a breeze with a horrible stench
The snow's almost melted, my yard is a poop pit
The thought of the clean up made my stomach just clench
But out to the yard I quickly dashed,
Rubber boots on my feet, pooper scooper in my hands
Tiptoeing around, trying poop not to smash,
I found the ............

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May 8, 2014 @ 1:12 AM

Tulip has come a long way in two short weeks. I will talk about housetraining, first thing on every puppy owners agenda, and on ours as well.

Tulip has been more difficult than my previous three Standard Poodles from the same breeder. They were all housetrained in a week. This does not mean they could hold it for a long time, as they were only eight weeks with tiny bladders, and had to go out to wee frequently. They had only a few mistakes in the house, and after that they clearly asked to go out, and held it until they were outside. All three slept through a seven hour night in their crates which are kept in our bedroom, where all puppies are most comfortable. They never cried in their crates, as they were near us and felt secure. I ......

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April 29, 2014 @ 6:30 PM


When someone calls me and asks when they should start training for their new puppy, I always answer "you already have".

Every interaction you have with your puppy you are either teaching something you want, or perhaps inadvertently teaching something you don't want.

Tulip is very active and playful. She likes to playfully jump on people to get attention and to say hello. I make sure that she is never reinforced for this behavior by people petting or acknowledging her when she greets them with jumping behavior. I do this by asking people to turn their back on her when she jumps up, and my family does the same. Ignoring unwanted behaviors give you a much better outcome then pushing the dog down, saying off, or any ......

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April 24, 2014 @ 7:53 PM

This is the Picture the breeder sent me before Tulip was driven from South Carolina to New Jersey, where we picked her up. I thought she looked a bit mature, but thought, maybe she is just large.  Also Poodles often don't have a real puppy look compared to other breeds. 

When she arrived at our arranged spot, I picked her up and thought, boy she is really heavy.  She was really quite gorgeous and spunky, so my husband and I drove home with me bonding with and kissing the newly arrived Tulip sitting on my lap.

The perfect time to get a puppy is from 8-10 weeks. They are very malleable, usually have no bad habits, a really nice blank slate. There is also a cirtical socialization period between 8-12 weeks where they need ......

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April 24, 2014 @ 5:40 AM


Trainers Diary On Training Her Own Puppy-1st Step-Getting The Right Puppy


I have just added a new puppy to my household. When I get a new puppy, I always set myself up for success. I do this by getting a puppy from a breeder I know for a long time, this is my fourth dog from this breeder, and they have all been terrific. So when we lost our beloved Jasmine, and I felt ready for another dog, I contacted my breeder to start talking puppies.

If you want to own a pedigree dog, I recommend to all of my clients that they get a puppy from a reputable breeder, never, god forbid, a pet shop. Pet shops are selling you "puppy mill" ...


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March 5, 2013 @ 5:02 PM

Part of my job as a private dog training instructor is doing a thorough behavior intake on the dog on the first lesson. Often my clients call me for a problem that is small compared to the one they really have, and they are not even aware of it. So it falls on me to tell them, "your dog has an aggression issue, but I can help". No client wants to hear this, especially when they perceived the behavior to be normal. I am often met with hostility, denial, justifications for the behavior, or fear.

Growling is normal for dogs, just not acceptable for a pet dog that the family and their guests needs to trust and be safe around. I understand how they feel, no one wants to hear this information about their otherwise loving dog. This is .........

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September 18, 2012 @ 8:32 PM




One of the true seeds or foundational behaviors  for a well trained dog is the ability of the dog to pay attention. Nothing can be learned without this important foundational building block. Start right away, no time to waste.

Start in the house or other non-distracting environment. Throughout your time with your dog, when he/she is near you, say his/her name, and when she looks at you, click and treat. Be sure your dog looks into your eyes, and make your treat a great one. Walk away, say name again, and when dog follows and looks at you, click treat again. Repeat throughout your time together, but don't overdo, spread this exercise out during your time together.
If you have a dog that is not very ...

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September 18, 2012 @ 8:20 PM


Use special treats:
Tiny pieces of hot dogs, placed on paper towels and nuked for 3 minutes until crisp
Freeze dried liver (available at pet supply store).
Cheese, cold cut pieces
No crunchy dog biscuits (they take too long to chew, and aren’t special enough)

First Step
  Arming or
Charging the Clicker:
Click once, and give dog a special treat within 3 seconds. Repeat 10-15 times.

Second Step
Checking your dog’s response to click sound
Wait until your dog or puppy looks away for a moment.
Click clicker once.Dog should immediately look at you when he/she hears the click.


Third Step 
If your dog looked at you when he heard the click, you are ready to continue to the next...

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September 18, 2012 @ 8:08 PM


Did you do thorough research to make sure I am the breed for you, and not just picked me on my looks (charming though my looks might be). Please don't buy me from a pet shop, puppy mills are not kind to dogs or careful in their breeding, and that is where pet shop puppies come from. Find a local responsible breeder, or adopt me from a rescue organization, or your local animal shelter.

Are you home enough so I don't spend all of my time alone? (you are my life, I want to be with you)

Do you feed me a good quality, nutritious diet? So many dogs get cancer and other illnesses from too many additives and food coloring.

Do you take me to the Vet when I don't feel well? (even though I might not want to go) You can .........

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