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Teaching Your Dog To Be Independent

There’s nothing happier than a happy dog. Most people would agree that in order to be happy a dog needs to feel confident and independent. Yet it’s also true that there are many dogs who, for one reason or another, cling to their owners. They may be anxious or fearful at times. You can teach your dog to be independent but it does take some effort on your part. Here are some suggestions.

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Protecting Your Dog From The Unthinkable

I had a client make an appointment for dog training last week. However before we could get together he sent me an email explaining that his dog got out of the door and was run over by a car. Actually this happens more often than you can imagine. In fact in your hometown it happens daily.

For most dog owners, one of their greatest fears is that their dog will escape through the door and run into the street where they could be hit by a car. That’s a nightmare scenario that no one wants to have happen, yet it could happen all too easily.

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How to Train Your Dog The Right Way

Dog training is one of the most helpful and exciting things you can do with your pet. When you train your dog you are teaching them to perform certain actions or behaviors according to your signal or the circumstance. If you have a dog, this should be something you focus on.

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Dog Park Etiquette

Dog parks are not for everyone and certainly not for every dog. Personally I’m not a dog park person but many of my clients enjoy taking their dogs to the dog park for interaction with other dogs.

Dogs are pack animals and accordingly, enjoy running and playing with other dogs. If they are available in your area, dog parks are a great place where your dog can run off leash and socialize with other dogs. Not only do they please your furry companion, but you can feel like a good owner in knowing that your dog is getting their social needs met. As an example, Nashville, Tennessee, Morton Bay Regional Council in Queensland Australia also has several fenced in dog parks where your dog can be let loose to run and play.

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When Should I Start Training My Dog?

One of the questions I’m asked most often is how old should my dog be before I start formal training. As far as I’m concerned that’s an easy answer, 4 month (16 weeks). At four months old your puppy is like a blank canvas waiting to be painted with all the training you want for your new family member. At four months your dog hasn’t developed a bunch of bad habits and he’ll never be easier to physically manipulate because he’s getting bigger everyday.

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Puppy Imprinting

Most people have heard the term “imprinting” but they may not be aware that puppies can learn imprinting behavior. However, it’s probable that we owe the modern dog’s domestication to the fact that puppies are able to be imprinted.

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The Top 7 Reasons to Crate Train Your Dog

Quite often I hear people say that they don’t want to use a crate because they feel that it might be cruel. I must say that there are situations where that crate could be a cruel thing to do to your dog. However if done properly it’s the most wonderful thing your dog will ever get from you. Let me give you some reasons why using a crate will be good for you and for your dog.

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