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Establishing Yourself in the Role of Pack Leader

Dog Training Classes and Positive Reinforcement Aid in Creating the Alpha RoleWhether depicted in a scene from a movie or perhaps as observed in a real-life situation, many individuals can identify with scenarios in which the human is clearly the submissive partner in the dog-owner relationship.  The dog does whatever it wants, gets whatever it wants, and takes whatever it wants, while its owner or owners merely observe ...

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How to Deal with a Cranky Dog

How to Avert Aggressive Responses and Behaviours in Irritable or Cranky DogsOwning a dog can add countless hours of enjoyment and companionship into the lives of all family members and to that of the pet as well.  Many dog owners have commented on the comfort they draw just by having the dog by their side, especially after a particularly stressful day or on those occasions when the owner ...

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Starting Your Puppy On the Right Foot (Paw)

Puppy Training Needs to Start Immediately After the Puppy Comes HomeWhen an employee starts a new job, they are often provided with initial training to help set them up for success as they embark on their new career.  As part of this training, the new staff member will learn about, among other things, performance expectations plus behaviours that are acceptable or unacceptable within the workplace.  In somewhat less ...

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Dog Training Classes are a Way to Avoid Unintentionally Mistreating Your Dog

Dog Training Classes are a Way to Avoid Unintentionally Mistreating Your DogOwning a dog can certainly add an immeasurable amount of enjoyment to the daily lives of a family.  The companionship, playfulness, and unbridled faithfulness of a dog are but a few facets of its character that can bring smiles to the faces and warmth to the hearts of its owner-family.Owning a dog also means accepting the responsibility ...

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How to Differentiate When Dogs Are Playing or Fighting

How to Differentiate When Dogs Are Playing or Fighting Discerning Dog Play Behaviours from Actual Aggression and Dog Fighting In many circles, it is highly encouraged during the early stages of a dog’s life that it be exposed to other dogs and to other people as a means of increasing its comfort in a wide variety of situations as it grows/matures.  These interactions, generally characterized as socialization, can ...

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Why Your Dog Rips Things Apart When Left Alone

Why Your Dog Rips Things Apart When Left AloneAvert Destructive Dog Behaviour in the Home by Alleviating Separation AnxietyMany dog owners enjoy sharing stories with family and friends about the daily activities and antics of their pets.  These anecdotes often focus on cute or funny little quirks in the dog’s behaviour that bring smiles to the faces of the listeners.  And with the technology available today, these stories ...

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How to Stop a Dog From Growling When You Approach Its Food Bowl

How to Stop a Dog From Growling When You Approach Its Food BowlDog Food Aggression Can Be Remedied Effectively through CounterconditioningAlthough it may be intended for comedic effect in movies or cartoons, a dog that growls, snarls, and/or snaps when a human gets too close to its food bowl has significantly more serious overtones in real life.  A dog can be menacing and particularly aggressive in an effort ...

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How Exercise Impacts the Health and Behaviour of Your Dog

How Exercise Impacts the Health and Behaviour of Your DogRobust Dog Exercise on a Daily Basis is Beneficial for the Dog and Its OwnerThis is certainly no shortage of advertising aimed at improving the health, eating habits, and/or physical condition of human beings.  On a daily if not hourly basis, television and radio advertising, along with printed flyers delivered in the mail, are bombarding people with messages to ...

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Fun Tricks You Can Easily Teach Your Dog

Fun Tricks You Can Easily Teach Your DogDog Training Can Be Fun for Any Age Dog and for Its Owner TooMany people have likely heard or perhaps even uttered the adage that you cannot teach new tricks to an old dog.  This expression if frequently used as a figure of speech when a human displays an aversion to learning new skills or changing any part of a daily ...

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How to Introduce Dogs to Each Other

How to Introduce Dogs to Each OtherDog Training Programs Help With Socialization When Introducing a Second DogBy nature, dogs are both inquisitive and territorial.  In the puppy stage, their snooping can be amusing to both the dog and its owners – and at times perhaps not-so-cute too. Then the dog quickly settles into its new home/surroundings and may often demonstrate its protective instincts by barking at the doorbell, ...

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