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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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September 18, 2012 @ 8:03 PM


How to keep your dog happy, exercised, and continue training through the coldest weather.

When it is hard to work with your dog or properly exercise him, here are some ideas that can help.

Work in your garage-You can practice loose leash walking, heeling, stays, come when called. At least you are both protected from the wind and the snow. Be sure to use your clicker & your treats to mark and reward all good behavior

Play the recall game in your home- Call your dog back and forth between you and another person in your household. Use dog's name only, as soon as your dog turns toward you when he hears his name, click, praise like crazy (Yeah!!!!) and kneel down to welcome him to you. Give a yummy treat when he gets to you ............

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September 18, 2012 @ 7:42 PM

The Scoop On Dog Poop


Well, I know Spring is in the air from the warmer temperatures, the snow is melting, and so are the poopsicles. 

Yes, it's that wonderful time of year. The time for more outdoor activities, and inside my fenced in property, the time to pick up those thawing poopsicles.

There are many pooper scoopers available out there, but I like the one-handed operation kind, although I also own a metal set that consists of two parts, sort of like a broom and dustpan. I find the dustpan part particularly handy for chipping out those most stubborn and not quite thawed remnants.

Being a full time dog trainer, I do spend an awful lot of my time talking to owners about pooping and peeing, so I thought it was ............

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September 18, 2012 @ 7:40 PM


Adding a new dog to your multi-pet household-Is It For You 

I promised an article on how to add a new dog to your multi-pet household. But, I have decided to write about why do you want to add a new dog.
Make sure you are getting a new dog because you and your family want it. Not such a good idea to get another dog because your dog is a problem and you think a new dog might help. If you don't really want the dog for your own reasons, you could end up with twice the work, and a new dog might or might not help your problem dog.
I have multiple pets because I want each one, and I do love the interaction between my pets. It is nice for dogs to live with a friend, especially if you work as most of us do nowadays.
I have ...

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September 18, 2012 @ 7:39 PM




Being a positive methods clicker trainer does not make me a big fan of electronic fencing as it is grounded in punishment based methodology. Dog nears electronic fence field and dog receives a warning beep and then if he doesn't immediately retreat, gets shocked. Call it electronic stimulation, saying it is like a static electricity shock, IMHO, just is not true. It is a shock, and needs to be strong enough to discourage the dog from going through the invisible line. Try it on your own neck if you would like to find out how strong it really is (kidding here, I would not do that, too close to my brain). You could however, put in on your arm to get a ............

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September 18, 2012 @ 7:39 PM


Introducing a New Cat to a Dog & Cat Household

Last Saturday my husband and I rescued a new cat. I had lost my cat Moonlight back in February, he was 21 and died peacefully at home. He left a void in our lives, and I have been searching for a special male cat since March.

On Saturday we finally found him. His name is Bumble Bee, and he came from a home with other dogs, cats, children, and pigs (good to know if I ever get a pig).

I introduce new cats slowly. First I set him up in his own room with everything he needed, litter pan, water, food, scratching post, & cozy bed. I left the door closed for a day so he could have some peace, and my other pets could get used to his smell through the ......


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September 18, 2012 @ 7:20 PM

Reflections on all creatures at my Koi pond

I have always assumed that the dogs I work with are intelligent, sentient beings, and that they will learn. Now science tells us that if you assume an animal is intelligent, the training of that animal will be better simply because of that assumption.


Since the weather has been warmer, I spend as much time as I can relaxing at the Koi pond that my husband and I put in ourselves 8 years ago when we bought this house. It's great. The sound of the waterfall, the other animals that come to have a drink of water, the hummingbirds in my garden that visit and stay until the fall.

My Koi are smart, aware of their surroundings, know me and trust me. From the beginning I fed them in one ............

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