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Nail Trimming Doesn’t Have To Be A Battle

by Naomi Heck, M.Ed., CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA Nail Trimming – It Doesn’t Have to Be a Battle Most dog owners I meet dislike or even refuse to trim their dogs’ toenails, and I don’t blame them.  Unless the dog has been systematically desensitized to feet handling and nail trimming while young, it is likely the dog […]

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MOST USEFUL DOG TRICK

THE MOST USEFUL DOG TRICK Last month I wrote about indoor activities that my dog and I enjoy doing together.  Several snowstorms have kept us housebound this month, so I had plenty of time to teach Chase to go to a mat in a variety of situations.  I call this trick “Go Away” and find […]

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BAD WEATHER BLUES

Bad Weather Blues It’s the second week in January.  We had a record subzero cold snap a few days ago and it snowed last night.  The slick sheet of ice on my driveway was hidden under a blanket of fluffy snow, giving me a scare when I went out to get the paper.  Tomorrow it’s supposed […]

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Help! My Dog Jumps (Part 1)

Help! My Dog Jumps (Part 1)  With the holidays quickly approaching, many of you will be having more visitors to your home than usual.  That means you will be busy, and training will not be high on your priority list.  If your GSP is anything like mine, times like this is when bad manners shine. […]

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MY DOG DOESN’T KNOW SIT

  My Dog Doesn’t Know Sit Okay, it’s “Confessions of a Dog Trainer” time.  Sit is usually the first obedience cue we teach puppies.   And it is pretty easy to train.  At least that’s what I thought until I got Chase.  Chase The Super-Energetic, Chase The Easily Distracted, Chase The People Lover To An Embarrassing […]

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Thunder Phobia

THUNDER PHOBIA I was having a hard time deciding what to write about this month, but the topic came to me quite abruptly this morning in the form of crashing thunder that shook the house.  Fortunately, Chase remained curled up in bed next to me, but I see many dogs in my practice that are […]

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WHAT YOUR DOG IS SAYING?

Do You Know What Your Dog is Saying? Here is a short quiz to test your skills as a doggie interpreter: 1. Which of the following behaviors might mean “I am stressed”? a. Panting b. Licking of the lips c. Yawning d. All of the above e. None of the above 2. Is a wagging […]

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DOG TRAINING – BITE PREVENTION

Bite Prevention-Dog Training I apologize for skipping last month’s post.  A family emergency kept me out of town for a few weeks.  This month I feelcompelled to share with you one of the most common problems I encounter in my behavior consulting business – dogs that bite people.  Although National Dog Bite Prevention Week was […]

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Dog Food Guarding Prevention

     Dog Food Guarding Prevention:  What Are You Really Teaching? I see a lot of dogs that show “aggressive” behaviors for various reasons.  Most instances of growling, snapping or biting could have been prevented if only fair, non-punitive measures were taken before the issues arose. There is one thing in particular that concerns me. […]