The Hard & Fast Rules for Potty Training your Puppy

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Preparation: Assign who will be taking the puppy to the bathroom throughout the day.   Times when a puppy needs to go to the bathroom are: When he/she wakes up Every 2-3 hours 20 minutes after she eats Right after play Right before she goes to sleep Put the puppy on a 2-3 meals a day feeding schedule.  During each … Read More

The Beginner Guide to Come for Off Leash Dog Training!

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Come when called is a pretty complex behavior and is absolutely necessary for off leash dog training.  There are many things to consider when you begin to teach this recall behavior.  The 5 rules of Recall: 1.  Always REWARD your dog when he/she comes to you.  For example, give lots of yummy treats, praise, love and attention as if it was the … Read More

Mental Stimulation Games for your Dog!

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Incorporating Life Rewards into your dog’s daily routine.   Tapping into your dog’s innate desire to hunt for his food. Toss out your food bowl and watch this video to learn more! Tapping into your dog’s prey drive and giving them an appropriate outlet.  This video will teach you how to make a very inexpensive toy in order to tire out … Read More

Somatically Learning from My Best Friend

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A few months ago I decided to try a somatic therapist.  I had been going to regular “talk” therapy for many years and wanted to try something new.  A somatic therapist is one that encourages communication between the mind and the body.  Just as the mind holds wonderful messaging for us, so does the body.   During my first session … Read More

Self-awareness & vulnerability with your dog!

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The other day I was at a yoga class in down dog position. Fitting, right?! We had just finished a grueling sequence and I noticed my body start to fatigue. Despite the internal judgement of self and fear of being vulnerable, I decided to go into child’s pose to relax and give my body a rest. As I knelt into the pose, … Read More

A Lesson in Loving What’s in Front of You

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A few weeks ago I received a call from a guardian that needed assistance right away.  She and her family had recently adopted a young female dog named, Nola.  Unfortunately, Nola and the resident dog, Jim, were not getting along.  Nola was a larger dog with buckets of energy, constantly asking Jim to play.  Despite his communication efforts indicating he … Read More

Observing Canine Body Language

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When observing dog behavior, most of us know the difference between fear, play, and aggression. We correctly assume that a puppy is scared when his ears flatten against his head, his body weight shifts back, and his tail tucks so tightly it touches his tummy. We know a dog is having a great time when she is bouncing around, smiling … Read More

Trigger Stacking & Your Dog’s Threshold

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I wake up early to the sun on my face.  I am feeling good this morning and decide to head to yoga.  After the class, I get ready for work, all smiles, feeling refreshed from my practice.  I head into my favorite coffee shop and order a latte.  Once I receive the drink I accidentally spill it all over myself. … Read More

How Dogs Learn

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There are two very important ways in which dogs learn: Classical Conditioning & Operant Conditioning. Classical Conditioning is learning by association. The dog learns that one event predicts another. This type of learning is not contingent on the dog’s behavior; rather it is a result of associations the dog makes in his environment. For example, the leash predicts walks. If the dog … Read More