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Teaching your dog to Wait at the Door

Have a dog who makes a dash for the door the moment you open it? This short video goes over a training exercise that will teach your dog how to hang back instead of bolting through the door. Read more
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How to Pick up your Puppy

The fact that young puppies are small enough to easily be picked up is a big benefit. When you’re out on an adventure with your pup, and you see something potentially scary about to approach, you can happily scoop up your pup and avoid the pup becoming frightened by something. Getting frightened while young is the recipe for a whole... Read more
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Destructive Doggies – Tips for Survival

By Maureen Patin CPDT-KA, Founder/Head Trainer of What a Great Dog! Training Centers Does your dog get into everything in sight while you’re away? Preventing this takes some time and effort, but with the right strategies you can teach your dog to consistently choose his toys and not yours! Just like toddlers, dogs, especially puppies want to put anything and... Read more
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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