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Stop Puppies From Biting

Stop Puppies From Biting – Click Here This is the latest paper in our Puppy Primer Series. Biting is a bit problem for puppies. There are so many conflicting ideas that no one knows where to start. The one fact that you can hold as ‘truth’ is… If you want a calm dog then raise […]

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Potty Training Puppies

Sometimes the simplest tasks are the hardest. While it is true that many breeders work hard to have  puppies house broken from the whelping box,  it doesn’t always work. Some puppy’s bladders do not develop until they are older. Other puppies are over stimulated, too busy, and too distracted. Then there is the puppy who […]

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Calming Touch for Fearful Dogs

Notice the lip licks, ears back, submissive behavior. There is a mix of stress and affection signals in this video One of the fundamental protocols in our behavior work is touch. Many of the dogs we work with do not like to be touched. In many cases, their owners do not touch them often, or […]

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How to Give a Puppy for Christmas

Isn’t that a great picture of a Christmas puppy? What an amazing Christmas Fantasy. There is nothing more magical then receiving a puppy at Christmas time. Opening that box and realizing there is something moving inside. Those first happy puppy kisses. The look of joy on your loved ones face. A puppy can make the […]

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Puppy Play Obedience Classes – Why They Are Important

In puppy class we’ve been discussing the importance of puppy socialization. What most people don’t understand is that you don’t have ‘forever’ to socialize your puppy.  The puppy’s trust and friendliness to people and strange dogs is ‘set’ by 12 weeks (Ian Dunbar). We can see tolerance levels increase if the puppy is socialized by […]

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Canine Emotions: Are We Creating Bad Behaviors?

I’ve discussed dog emotions in other blogs. I’d like to discuss how our reaction to dog’s emotions can cause behavior problems. Our problem comes when we try to dismiss a dog’s emotions, stress, and fear, and put human emotions into the dog’s behavior and reactions: ·         My dog chewed my shoe because he was angry […]

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Do Dogs Feel Emotions?

The brain activities, and how the nervous system response, are the same when any mammal feels stress or anxiety. When looking at the limbic system we are all the same (according to Panksepp et al) This is how researchers can draw conclusions about canine behaviour. Greg Berns has proven that canines have the brain functions […]

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