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Well Trained Dogs Can Do More Contest!

Well Trained Dogs Can Do More Contest!

 Well Trained Dogs Can Do More Contest! We know that we have some of the BEST students (dogs and humans) out there and we want to reward our hard working students and brag about their great accomplishments with everyone!  We also want to encourage our students to get back

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Reflecting on raising oswin

Reflecting on raising oswin

Reflecting on Raising Oswin Raising puppies is hard–plain and simple.  It takes an incredible amount of work to simply raise a well-adjusted dog, but when you are looking to raise a performance dog and a working dog, the stakes are that much higher and the work that

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Younger is not better!

Younger is Not Better! Why it is critical for puppies to stay with their moms and littermates until they are at least 8 weeks of age!   First of all, let’s make this incredibly clear… AHEM… In Pennsylvania (and many other states) it is “unlawful” to buy or sell

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Littermate Syndrome

Littermate Syndrome

Double the Fun or Triple the Trouble? The scoop on littermate syndrome!   I will admit it, if there was a Puppy Addicts Anonymous organization, I would be President and meeting leader. “Hi, I’m Tena and I’m a puppy addict.” I love puppies–I don’t just love puppies,

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Throwback Thursday–Gotta Buy Into Training

Throwback Thursday–Gotta Buy Into Training

Gotta Buy Into Training–Throwback Thursday Originally posed on 10/18/11 How many times have you heard “I’ve tried everything to get my dog to …”?  I think I must hear something to that effect more than once a week from people inquiring about training or in classes.   People

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Bigger is not always better

Bigger is not always better “The more tools you have in your tool box the better.  If you purposely exclude a particular tool and a problem pops up that requires that tool, you won’t be abel to fix the problem.  I’m not one of those cookie pushers

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Don’t Be REactive

Don’t Be REactive No, I’m not talking about your dog, I’m talking about YOU!  If I could give students of any dog a handful of “words of wisdom,” this would surely be one of them–be proactive!  Don’t wait until your dog does the unwanted behavior, don’t wait until

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The Power Of Classical Conditioning

The Power Of Classical Conditioning Over the years, one of the things I have heard over and over again from people use utilize aversive training tools like shock collars and prong collars is that their dogs love these devices and they get excited when they are presented.  They justify

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Throwback Thursday–Social Pressures for Perfection…

Throwback Thursday–Social Pressures for Perfection…

Social Pressures for Perfection…throwback thursday Originally posted 8/28/12 Who would have thunk that peer pressure would have such a drastic effect on dogs. No, I’m not talking about dog-dog peer pressure, I’m talking about the pressure that GUARDIANS feel from society. Friends, family members, strangers on the

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Throwback Thursday–Don’t Let Your Leash Hold You Back

Don’t let your leash hold you back (throwback Thursday) Originally posted on 4/17/12  Believe it or not, I find that leashes very frequently become weights holding back the potential for training. The more one relies on the leash during the beginning stages of training, the more it

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