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So you think you want a puppy?

So you think you want a puppy?

Bringing home another dog changes the whole dynamic in your house. Make sure you and your dog are prepared for those changes before you decide to bring another dog home. These are our tips for helping to decide if you are ready for another dog in your life. Your...

Make a Decision!

Make a Decision!

Just do Something! One of the basic needs that your dog has, is your ability to make a decision. It really doesn't matter what the decision is, just that you make one immediately and right in the moment. It doesn't really matter if the decision is right or wrong, just...

Your Dogs Social Skills

Your Dogs Social Skills

Your Dogs Social Skills As your dog gets older their preferences for certain things will change. This is also true in humans. A 5 year old does not like the same things as an 11 year old, and by the time you get to 30 you have a whole new perspective of life. Often,...

The art of doing nothing

When you want your dog doing nothing The gap of time between giving information to your dog and them deciding on a behavior is where most of our dogs chose poorly. It's in that space of time that bad decisions happen, you get frustrated, or overwhelmed and don’t have...

Dog Jobs: Getting Promoted

Now that you have determined what you dog knows, you have created a training plan for the things he didn’t know, and you can start to use those things to give your dog information when he needs it.  Find one area where you are telling your dog “No.” First, “No” does...

Give your dog a job: First Evaluation

Give your dog a job: First Evaluation You have completed your puppy class or basic obedience class, and those skills are just not transferring to home life. What happens when your dog “knows stuff” but you are still having some behavior challenges. This is your dog's...

Delayed Reinforcement

Fun fact about me: I go to the gym at OrangeTheory a few times a week (usually). One of the things I love most about my gym is that I get a report at the end of every class with a bunch of statistics about my workout. Yesterday my heart rate monitor died right at the...

Recalls: Don’t abuse them!

One of the top requests from our clients must be a dog who comes when called. We have so many requests that we teach a class on the beach that spends 3 weeks going over this one skill. As a dog trainer, how do I get a dog who comes back to me every time? Dogs are not...