Loose leash walking a dog

How to train loose leash walking

It’s no fun when your dog takes YOU for a walk!  Plus, pulling while wearing a collar can actually damage your dog’s throat. It’s important to train loose leash walking to spare your arms—and your dog’s trachea. Since our dogs spend most of their time outside on-leash, training them to walk without pulling is better…

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Puppy Socialization

The Rule of 7s in puppy socialization

I recently read a piece on puppy socialization that I thought made a lot of sense. It’s the Rule of Sevens. It says that by the time your puppy is 7 weeks old it should be exposed to the following situations: Been in 7 different, safe locations Eaten from 7 different containers Met at least…

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Boy and his dog

What is the No Free Lunch Policy?

The No Free Lunch Policy is a training strategy that uses everyday situations to reward good manners and practice obedience without setting aside hours of special practice time. Applying the principle of the No Free Lunch Policy is simple. Whatever your dog wants, he has to work for. The No Free Lunch Policy is a…

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Housebreaking your new dog

How to housebreak your new dog

Potty accidents can happen even with adult, previously house-trained dogs. It is not at all obvious to dogs that the potty rules in one place apply everywhere else. Teach your new family member to distinguish between indoors and outdoors by getting him to go in a designated area and then rewarding him with treats and praise.…

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