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I am blogging on behalf of BlogPaws Pet Blogger Network and the AKC. I received compensation for my time from the AKC for sharing my views in this post, but the views expressed here are solely mine.

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The other day we took our dogs for a walk on the beach early in the morning.  Because the dog park side of the beach was shut down due to sewage, we walked in the other direction (on leash, with poop bags in hand).  There were a lot more people on the beach (clams and sand shrimp hunting) than we expected (glad we grabbed the leashes).

Someone referred to our dogs as “Well Behaved…”

The point of this is that while talking to a family who was telling us about digging for sand shrimp, a woman stopped and commended us on how well behaved our dogs were – all sitting nicely and waiting patiently for the walk to commence.  When we were walking away, we laughed quietly and at our dogs being described as “well behaved.”

To be honest, Rodrigo, Sydney and Blue are amazing and have few dog behavior problems – but they could use a little brush up here and there on a few basic dog training areas.  When I learned about the AKC GoodDog! HelplineSM, I was excited by the prospect of being able to program a toll-free number into my phone, that I can call to speak with knowledgeable dog trainers, as often as I’d like.  I’ve been learning more about professional dog trainers offering this service, but working through the AKC adds a level of comfort, because I know they know dogs.

Dog behavior problems I’d like help with from the AKC GoodDog! HelplineSM…

  • Distracting our dogs from their instinct to chase the cats, bunnies, and deer
  • Improve upon recall once they’ve caught a scent
  • Stop Blue’s jumping when we come home
  • Improving on greeting guests to our home
  • Dog barking at night (or early in the morning) – they are not roosters!

Dog behavior training is essential…

Although working with a private trainer, one on one,  is preferable for our pack, sometimes we just need to have someone talk us off the ledge when our dogs aren’t behaving in a way that works for our family.  It’s amazing how someone can suggest tips on how to look at the situation that sheds light on what I may be doing to contribute to the dog’s behavior.  Plus, I know my dogs, but I don’t necessarily know dogs – a professional dog trainer can give me more insight to dog behavior that can help too.

I received an account free of charge in exchange for being a brand ambassador for the AKC GoodDog! HelplineSM, sharing the news of this great service to dog parents.

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What dog training techniques would you like to learn?

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