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7 Mistakes New Puppy Owners Make

For most new puppy owners, training their new puppy can become a frustrating endeavor if any of the following mistakes are made. Most of these mistakes are as a result of a misunderstanding of some of the fundamental differences between humans and dogs. Although there are some similarities

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How to Have the Best Behaved Dog Ever

1- Be calm Dogs will never respond to frustration or anger and all you communication will suffer if you can’t remain calm.  If you lose your cool by yelling and screaming, your dog will not be inclined to listen to you. Dogs will only follow a calm,

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Signs of an Imenent Bite

If these signs occur, cease all interaction with dog, look away and give dog the opportunity to leave, do not approach, do not make eye contact, do not talk to the dog. If you are touching the dog, stop and move your hands slowly away. If you

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Common Mistakes with New Dogs

For most new dog owners, can become a frustrating endeavor if any of the following mistakes are made. Most of these mistakes are as a result of a misunderstanding of some of the fundamental differences between humans and dogs. Although there are some similarities between humans and animals,

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Crate Training

Crate training is an excellent method for house-training dogs and the side benefit of reducing common problem behaviors. The crate becomes the dog’s “safe” place where she can’t make a mistake and get into trouble. The crate is never used for punishment or isolation. If the crate

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Biting and Mouthing

All puppies will “mouth”, a behavior that some people mistake for biting. Mouthing is a learning process for puppies while biting is usually a corrective measure that has more force than mouthing. Sometimes while playing a puppy will nip too hard and cause its playmate to bite

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Why You Should Take Away All of Your Dog’s Toys

Dogs LOVE toys. There’s no doubt. Toys provide stimulation, challenge, and of course fun! You likely have toys in a toy basket, your dog’s bed, or even strewn around the floor. But, what you might not realize is that a dog toy will lose its value if

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Bad Behavior Isnt’ Always About Obedience

This guest post is from Robin MacFarlane, fellow IACP member and former Director. For some time now I have encouraged my staff to sharpen their eye in spotting gait and structural issues with the dogs we see. We’ve frequently referred our clients to seek assistance on chiropractic

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Communicating with our Canine Friends

Although, the average dog can understand about 165 words, they don’t think about them like we do! Our language is much more highly evolved and we’ve learned to add the extra words that make complete sentences. Dogs don’t think like that! As you start teaching your dogs

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Establish the Proper Social Hierarchy

Social hierarchy is very important to maintain good behavior in certain dogs.  Misbehavior can directly be traced back to an imbalance in pack structure between your family and your dog.   For instance, potty issues, inappropriate aggression, mouthing, barking, protesting, defiance, and other issues are largely attributed to social hierarchy.  

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