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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 This often means that we hold on to outdated beliefs.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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How your dog perceives the space around him

Dogs are always trying to figure out how any given thing fits within their space. Whether its another dog, a human, a car, the corner trash can, a falling tree branch, or the paper blowing across the street. They’re always in the process of guessing “Is this thing (dog, human, etc.) safe or not?” “Is […]

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Rules, Limits, and Expectations, Oh My! – Curbing Behavioral Problems

We live in a highly structured society. It imposes upon us laws, limitations, and guidelines that easily spell out what is allowed and what isn’t. But what happens when we go beyond the guidelines, when we break those laws? Well, consequences of course. Follow the rules and you’re allowed to keep your freedom. Break the […]

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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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When I leave my dog alone in the house, he eats my shoes and gets into the garbage. Is he doing this out of spite or is he trying to get even with me for leaving him behind?

Neither. There are a few reasons why this could be happening and none have anything to do with a dog’s desire for revenge. The most common explanation, and the one that is more often overlooked, is simple boredom. Most dogs live a life of extreme inactivity with up to 90% of their time spent lying […]

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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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