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Love at First Bite

Love at First Bite

Love hurts. Especially Puppy Love. That’s right, playbiting is a form of affection. Puppies bite in play and when we are their only plaything, they bite us to initiate play, as they would with other puppies. One of the best things we can do to re-direct this...
What Makes A Good Temperament?

What Makes A Good Temperament?

This post was originally published for the Pet Professional Guild It is a common misconception that “All a dog needs is love” or “It’s how you raise them” to increase the chances – or even “guarantee” – a dog will have a good temperament. And although these things are...
Furry Impulses

Furry Impulses

Dogs lacking impulse control might display excessive mouthing and jumping, constant movement, an inability to settle down, snatching items and running away, or bolting out the door. These annoying behaviors usually begin in puppyhood. Just as a lack of impulse control...
Take A Hike, Would Ya?

Take A Hike, Would Ya?

I’ve found Broward County parks to be great places to hike, play and slip in a little training. Some of my favorites are Tree Tops, Markham, Easterlin, T.Y. and Heritage. There are areas within each that are off the beaten path. If you can visit them during weekdays,...
“How Do I Get My Dog to Stop (fill in the blank)?”

“How Do I Get My Dog to Stop (fill in the blank)?”

We know that all animals repeat behaviors that are reinforced. So, reinforcing only the behaviors we want our dogs to repeat, and removing any reinforcer for those we don’t want them to repeat, is the answer.This simple answer probably makes your eyes glaze over, so...
Big and Small – Living with Both

Big and Small – Living with Both

I always considered myself “a big dog person.” When I began my training career, in competition obedience, I shared my home with a Weimaraner and a Doberman. I’d take them and all their gear to dog shows and training events. I started thinking about lightening my load...