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Debunking the “Guilty” Look Dogs Give

Have you heard of “Dog Shaming” or watched a viral video of a dog looking guilty for a mess they made? That “guilty” look is actually an appeasement gesture (or gestures) a dog makes when they are feeling stressed, uncomfortable, or fearful. These signals include yawning, licking their lips, pinned back ears, body scratching, sniffing the ground, averting eye contact,... Read more
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He loves his treats but won’t eat his meals!

Food is a big deal to dogs. I want my dogs to enjoy their training treats, their enrichment AND their meals. Using super yummy training treats is a big boost for your dog’s motivation during training. But you may find that he’s less interested in his meal times. Here are the things to think through if you’re experiencing this with... Read more
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The Best Way to Handle Puppy Biting

Puppy biting is a 100% natural canine behavior. Its also naturally outgrown as the pup matures. Punishing for puppy biting is not recommended as it puts your pup at an increased risk for developing other behavior problems. If you do a great job of meeting your pup’s needs, you’ll find that excessive puppy biting is greatly minimized.  Follow this handy... Read more
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New Pup and Senior Dog Woes

Got pup???!!! Adding a pup to your family is an incredibly joyous occasion.  (Yay!)   Unfortunately, issues often arise that put a damper on the fun.  (Boo!)   Difficulties between the new pup and the existing pets in your home is one of those areas. It is especially problematic when there is an older or more sensitive dog in the home. Many... Read more
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The Power of the Cookie Jar

By Maureen Patin CPDT-KA Founder/Head Trainer What a Great Dog Training Centers   Setting up treat stations around the house will take your dog training to a whole new level! Being able to quickly reward your dog for around the house behaviors is powerful. This concept also tells your dog that great behavior “could” be rewarded at ANY time, not... Read more