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Why You Shouldn't Say "I Can Take A Bone Off My Dog"

Madeleine Ross, CPDT-KA, November 8 2018

As with many aspects of dog training, when teaching a “give” cue it’s important to consider not just the end result (does the dog drop the item from their mouth) but also the dog’s emotional state. The reason that this is so important when teaching give is that creating a negative association with surrendering valuable items to a human is one of th...

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Why Dogs Resource Guard

Madeleine Ross, CPDT-KA, November 8 2018

There is a lot of misinformation floating around the dog owning community regarding resource guarding. You’ve probably heard one or both of the following: “If your puppy growls at you over a bone, you can’t let them “win” and must take it off them” “Dogs that guard things are trying to be dominant – you must show them who’s boss”

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The Easy-To-Miss Early Signs Of Resource Guarding

Madeleine Ross, CPDT-KA, November 8 2018

Most of us would notice if our dog started growling and snapping at us over their food, but did you know that there are plenty of body language signals that dogs give BEFORE the problem gets that bad? Resource guarding is a very common behavioural problem amongst dogs. It’s when a dog acts aggressively in order to maintain possession over something...

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Replacing A Bad Behaviour With A Good One

Madeleine Ross, CPDT-KA, November 8 2018

It is much more efficient and effective to teach your puppy how to do the thing you'd like, rather than teach them not to do the thing you don't like. For example, you could teach a dog not to jump to get attention, but what if the next attention seeking behaviour they tried was even worse? You'd have to start the training all over again to elimina...

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Why Using Dog Park Time To Wear Out Hyperactive Dogs Isn't Always A Good Idea

Madeleine Ross, CPDT-KA, November 8 2018

“I couldn’t possibly stop taking my dog to the dog park every day, they’d be out of control!” The above is a common worry that trainers hear when we suggest to owners that their dog could benefit from a little less dog park time. Many owners of hyperactive and excitable dogs use the dog park to burn off their dog’s energy, so that the dog is more m...

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