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You’re ruining your dog by not allowing play with other dogs

This position is a bit extreme so I’m going to backpeddle and quickly state that there is no evidence that play is 100% necessary for your dog to have a well-adjusted life. It’s just that if you do have a sociable dog then it may benefit you both to seek out a playmate and create […]

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The #1 Reason most Training efforts fail

The longer I train dogs, the more selective I become about the people I choose to take on as clients. This pickiness really doesn’t have anything to do with the dogs issues or anything else relating to the dog. But it has everything to do with the owners, the humans in the dog’s life. Perhaps […]

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How your Dogs Behavior Problems mirror your own Emotional Hangups

  Up to this point, there hasn’t been an area of my life that I haven’t screwed up in one way or another. I’ve managed to regain my footing in some and walk away with some semblance of dignity during others. In the worse cases I made a major ass of myself. If I was […]

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4 ways we stupidly create dog aggression

It happened so fast that my 9 year old brain didn’t register the bite. That is, until the blood oozing from my wrist dripped onto the wooden floor and the gasp of the other kids echoed off the walls. The Doberman was fast and I was lucky. I was lucky that he didn’t have the […]

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It’s not what you say or think, it’s what you do.

Many of us live through a vicious circle of denial. Denial about ourselves, others, and the world around us. This often means that we hold on to outdated beliefs. Beliefs that no longer serve us and, in many cases, work against us. Despite the damaging beliefs and the clear evidence that the belief just isn’t working […]

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Is Your Dog Psychic? How Dogs Read Our Signals and Figure Us Out

Wondering if your dog is a psychic? It’s not uncommon for an owner to insist that their dog is capable of displaying human like qualities and abilities. That even extends into mind-reading. I know that on any given day I’ll hear: “This dog can predict when I’m going to leave the house because he gets to […]

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Tired Myth #2 – “All dogs love to be hugged and kissed”

Old habits die hard. This hugging and kissing ritual that we have with our dogs has no doubt been going on for decades, if not centuries. I’m just as certain that many have been deeply injured by their dogs as a consequence. Before you get all upset because you’re dog puts up with your hugs and […]

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How to stop your dog from pawing you all the time.

When we pet our dogs it’s usually because we’re feeling affectionate towards them, or perhaps because they did something which is so damn cute or good mannered that we look to reward the behavior.  Maybe we pet them because we feel it’s a source of comfort for them, as it often is for us. All […]

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