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Week Six | Graduating Puppies and Aversive Dog Training #PetSmart

March 13, 2014

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Zoey in her Graduation Cap, PetSmart Puppy Class

So the puppies have graduated from puppy class and it was fun.  Besides the basics – sit, down, stay, come, loose leash walking – our puppies also learned shake, hi five, and wave.  By the end, Scout almost had a ‘roll over.’ I learned a few very valuable things from Brittany, our PetSmart dog trainer […]

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Learning Recall with Games at a PetSmart Puppy Class

March 5, 2014

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PetSmart Puppy Class - Hide and Seek

CLICK to read about our first class. Puppy class has been amazing.  At the halfway point of the 6 week course and I was seriously considering signing Scout and Zoey up for the second level of classes with our amazing trainer, Brittany. So far, our littermate puppies have learned… Sit Down Shake Hi-Five Leave it […]

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Dear Cesar Millan | How Do I Prevent My Reactive Dog from Reacting?

March 3, 2014

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As you may know, I’m a huge fan of Cesar Millan.  I’ve taken some flack from others for my admiration, but I’m excited to know that I’m not alone in my admiration and I figure, to each their own. I know that I said that I wouldn’t allow Cesar Millan train my dogs, but I […]

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Training Rodrigo Not to Destroy Stuffed Toys #Petco

February 25, 2014

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Rodrigo sleeping with a stuffed toy, not destroying it.

Now that we have puppies who love their stuffed toys, I started getting tired of Rodrigo destroying to after toy.  Now that the puppies are in puppy class, I started wondering what else we could teach our dogs to do – can we teach Rodrigo not to destroy dog toys. So one day I got […]

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Week One | Our PetSmart Trainer Taught Us One Perfect Trick

February 5, 2014

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PetSmart has been very generous with our littermate puppies – toys, clothing, and now a 6 week puppy training course (valued at $109), so we only had to pay for one instead of two.  My boyfriend’s first reaction was that we didn’t need training, but that’s what he said with Rodrigo and Sydney too so […]

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Professional Dog Training May Help Reduce the Homeless Dog Population

January 9, 2014

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I received an email recently from a representative of the Animal Behavior College (ABC), headquartered in Santa Clarita, California, that stated the following… “Across America, an estimated 6 to 8 million cats and dogs enter shelters each year and approximately 2.7 million of them are euthanized, even though they are considered healthy and adoptable, according […]

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Our Dogs Teach Us Daily the Importance of the Human-Canine Bond

November 13, 2013

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I love my Kindle.  One thing that our experience losing Blue reminded me is that the human-canine bond is a tangible thing that all dog lovers know about and can appreciate.  Losing Blue felt like a shot in the heart with a canon.  His absence is visible in our life every day.  This made me […]

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AKC GoodDog! HelplineSM Will Be There for Our New Puppy @AKCDogLovers

October 30, 2013

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Australian Shepherd Mix Puppies

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. One thing that our recent loss of Blue taught us is that we’re a 3 dog household and we need […]

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Adversive Dog Training | Why Hitting Dogs Doesn’t Work #AKCDogLovers

October 11, 2013

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AKC Good Dog Help Line

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. Dogs look to us for leadership, love and protection and to abuse that trust for any reason (even in a […]

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AKC GoodDog! HelplineSM | Which Dog Will I Call About First? #AKCDogLover

September 24, 2013

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AKC Good Dog Help Line Testimonial

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. We’ve had the AKC GoodDog! HelplineSM for a couple of weeks now and during that time I’ve been […]

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AKC GoodDog! HelplineSM Connects You with Dog Trainers #AKCDogLover

September 5, 2013

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AKC GoodDog! HelpLine Testimonial - christy_w_boomer_2

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. Image Source: AKC GoodDog! HelplineSM Testimonials Page The other day we took our dogs for a walk on the beach early […]

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Dog Training and Property Boundaries for a Fence Free Dog

September 2, 2013

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This is a guest post by a dog parent who has successfully trained her dogs to stay within the boundaries of a property; something that very much interests me, because we live on 5 acres of unfenced property (with the exception of the dogs’ fenced yard). Dog training like this is pretty impressive. Introducing Dax […]

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