Category Archives: Training

Behavior and Obedience Training

Frustration Tolerance and Impulse Control

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Learn how to teach your dog to behave more patiently. Dogs don’t come with factory installed impulse control. They see food, they eat it. They see a squirrel, they chase it. They spot a person they like, they rush to a greeting. Some dogs give up quickly when they can’t get what they want. Others […]

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5 Tips for Meeting a New Dog

As a trainer, I routinely work with dogs that have bitten.  These dogs are often described as “shy,” or “aloof” by their owners.  Time and again, owners are amazed when their dogs warm up to me much more quickly than they do with other strangers.  I don’t have magical powers of communication, I simply know […]

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Introducing Your Dog to Your New Baby

Before your baby comes… The time before your baby arrives is your opportunity to introduce your pet to the physical changes that will occur in your home environment that will be associated with the baby. It’s also the time to try to establish a time your pet can expect to spend some time with you […]

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Introducing your new dog to your cat

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Before bringing your new dog home, make sure your cat has a refuge. When you bring the dog home do not let him have full access to the house. Confine him to one or two rooms using baby gates. Let your cat investigate this newcomer at her own pace. Keep the dog confined until the […]

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Introducing a New Dog to Your Current Dog

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Before adding a new dog to your household, the first thing to consider is whether you really want another dog just for the sake of having another dog. Although sometimes a new dog may work out to be a great companion to the dog you already have, there is really no way to know in […]

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Environmental Enrichment

What is environmental enrichment? Environmental or behavioral enrichment is the process of manipulating an animal’s environment to increase physical activity & normal species typical behavior that satisfies the animal’s physical and psychological needs. It reduces stress and therefore promotes overall health by increasing an animal’s perception of control over their environment and by occupying their […]

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Warning Signs that Your Pup has a Behavior Problem

Many undesirable behaviors in puppies are typical, age-related issues that with the right guidance resolve with maturity. Several behaviors, however, are not typical and can worsen with progressing age if not appropriately managed. Keep in mind that aggressive and fearful behavior, such as growling, snapping, biting, stiffening, and cowering are not normal behaviors in puppies. […]

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Reading Cat Body Language

by The Humane Society of the United States Body language, behavior, and vocalizations are keys to understanding the feline mind. You and your cat might speak different languages, but you can still communicate with each other. Indicators such as the look in your cat’s eyes, the tone of her voice, the position of her ears, and […]

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Training a Cat to Be Quiet

You think YOUR cat meows too much?! Is he a Bengal or Siamese? Believe it or not, yelling at him or hurling (soft) objects usually doesn’t work. And even though it may make your feel better, in fact doing so may make the cat worse! Yelling and tossing things at them make it clear to the cats […]

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Kitten Socialization

Every year, thousands of stray kittens are fostered and adopted out. The foster caretakers do their best to address the kittens’ medical health, but did you know that perhaps the most important action a caretaker can take that will help kittens find a permanent home is to actually socialize them. That is, give the kittens […]

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