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Our dogs desire comfort just like we do.
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How do we create comfort for our nervous, on edge, insecure, fearful dogs?
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With solid leadership that provides
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- A predictable Routine
- Set Expectations
- Black and white rules
- Tons of Structure
- Consequences
- Supportive guidance
- Protection and Safety
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Owners who decide to forgo leadership, structure, and accountability are sentencing their dogs to a life of stress, anxiety, worry, over-arousal, uncertainty, pressure, and way too much responsibility.
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My favorite time of the day. Evening crunchie time!!


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It all starts with Permission Based Training Peeps!
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Ozzie has completely transformed in a matter of 8 days! He has graduated to off-leash recall. Is he perfect, not quite, but this pup is going to go home tomorrow with a host of new skills that is sure to impress his Mom. .
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It was critical to shift this little spazaroo out of auto-pilot mode (impulsive reaction to what he sees, hears, smells, with zero evaluation and zero concern for the outcome) into a thoughtful, well mannered little hair-pie. .
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Teaching Ozzie to look to his handler to make his choices is critical for this guy’s state of mind to remain cool and collected.
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I am soooo proud of how far Ozzie has come! Only 4 days ago this kiddo wasn’t coming at all when called! Even with leash guidance! And look at him now!
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Well the once spastic duo - Kenny and Ozzie - proved today that they can control their impulses just about anywhere! .
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We hit put the Winter Park Farmer’s Market to work especially on Ozzie’s ability to control his reactions towards a busy crowd with tons of kids and puppies running around!
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And he killed it! Little Oz-myster has really turned a corner in a mere 8 days. This little guy is well on his way to becoming the well behaved dog his owners has always hoped for!
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And yes, Kenny took a dump on our way out 😳 But no need to panic folks! Theses dogs are under control! Put them in a sit or a down while you take your time to grab the pile! I see soooo many owners in a frantic hurry to grab their dog’s mess because they can’t get their dog to hold still in time to pick it up. These little guys proved otherwise. .
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As for Kenny, well, this guy has stolen my 💜! I’m sure gonna miss this little bugger! .
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Both boys will be back with their families tomorrow practicing all of their new skills!
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What if correcting your dog meant comfort?
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Most dogs live in a state of constant reactivity and alertness to all stimuli in their environment. The bicyclist, the kid on the hovercraft, the mailman, the squirrel in the yard, the construction on the new home across the street, the neighbor’s kids playing soccer out front, the lovebug that just flew by, the dog next door barking...
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All of these things cause our dogs to be constantly on edge, tense, concerned, worried, wound up, and freaked out. Any trigger has an immediate response without a thought about how best to act. Instead, your stressed out dog does exactly what he feels will relieve him of his anxiety - destruction, biting, barking, whining, pottying indoors. If left unaddressed and allowed to be practiced with no repercussion, can manifest into something downright dangerous. .
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What if a one-second interruption for being manic actually snapped your dog out of his never-ending cycle of anxiety and calmed him down? Would you feel worse about the correction or worse that your dog continues to suffer from chronic stress?
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So we need to ask ourselves, what’s more inhumane, leaving our dogs in a constant state of anxiety where they feel they have to react to anything and everything in their environment, or conditioning them to relax and chill out with tools that effectively and humanely communicate this?
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Sometimes, you just have to sit back and do those to-do's another day.


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There’s nothing more I can say about Kenny! He’s perfect!
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Can I keep him??? 😍
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This guy has blown me away at his new found ability to control his impulses! I can’t believe it’s been less than two weeks ago that this kiddo was rolling around in his feces in his crate, spinning manically around the house, and just plain out of control. And all it took was structure, black and white rules, set boundaries, repetition, teaching and rewarding what we do want, and accountability for what we don’t... presto chango!
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New and improved!
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A Dog is a Dog...
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We humans can easily fall into the trap of giving our family dog HUMAN status. Starting with his name, the dog becomes one of us, Frankie, Jake, or Mandy, masking its own individual uniqueness. .
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Humans have completely changed the dog to human dynamic so much so, that Fido is now an actual extension of the family, our “fur”baby, a member to be cherished and adored. .
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Trust me, I am just as guilty as the rest of them. .
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And there’s nothing wrong with it! .
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UNLESS... your dog is neurotic, manic, fearful, reactive, entitled, disrespectful, or aggressive! .
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Doting and too much freedom can lead to some pretty bad behavior if you’re lacking an equal amount of rules and accountability. Think of it as a ratio. If you’re a 8 out of 10 on the affection side of things, best be sure to come back with that same ratio of leadership. Any imbalance will show up in your dog’s inability to manage himself.
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Here we are again Peeps! Correcting for fear based anxiety...
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What? How in the world would correcting for anxiety make my dog MORE comfortable?
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Because leaving your dog on auto-pilot and in a constant anxious state of mind where really bad choices are made is even more cruel.
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Ozzie’s fear based anxiety had him in a constant state of frenzy. Always on edge. Hyper-reactive to everything around him. With low level taps from the remote collar after conditioning him to the sensation, we had a breakthrough.
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Tons of structure, a strict routine, along with e-collar conditioning, has left Ozzie with fewer options to choose from so that he isn’t left guessing on how to behave.
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As your dog’s leader, it’s imperative to read all of the signs of distress and advocate for the anxious guys while also holding them accountable for Tanya manic behavior. Too much freedom with little to no meaningful consequences leaves dogs stressed because authority is absent.
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So many crazy, out of control, and annoying dogs leave from a two-week board and train with an entirely new state of mind their owners never thought possible. .
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The thing is, once you address the “Crazy” you get to actually see your dog’s true self and potential. His manic state will override and dictate his behavior until that energy is interrupted. .
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When your dog finally experiences non-negotiable rules and boundaries, and has been clearly taught what’s acceptable or not, you get to see your dog’s true nature. .
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So before you consider surrendering your nutty dog that has been derailing your life, how about you put in the time and effort needed to curtail what you’ve allowed up until this point. .
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What you have allowed you have trained.
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If he jumps on guests, you’ve allowed it.
If he grabs food from the counter, you’ve allowed it.
If he reacts to other dogs or humans, you’ve allowed it.
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Set clear, non-negotiable rules that your dog can rely on so that he doesn’t have to make decisions on his own.
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When mum is busy cleaning, I die of boredom 😵 #nothingtodo #needabrotherorsister


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Got the chance to smoosh noses with my boy this morning. He always knows how to get me through the worst days.

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Will my dog going to still have a personality when I get her back? .
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Yes.
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Not only will you have that fun, goofy turd that was left with me, but you will also have that well mannered, respectful, calm dog that he was always meant to be. .
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That jumping all over the furniture and on guests, or tearing up your furniture, is not behavior to be expected because he’s “just a dog” for Pete’s sake. This couldn’t be further from the actual truth. .
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A dog that stays in a constant state of excitement and is always on alert, is actually stressed and anxious. As a result, you will see some sort of unpredictable behavioral issue, eating your shoes, getting in the trash, charging the front door, soiling in the house.
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One of the most important aspects in dog training is to condition our pets for a CALM STATE OF MIND. This is your on/off switch. .
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Training is meant to bring out your dogs BEST version of himself. One that controls his impulses and doesn’t hyper-react to the slightest change in environment. You are creating a world where your words have real meaning.
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I think it’s safe to say Kenny is still that spunky, high energy nutbag he always was, but now has an “off” switch when that behavior is no longer appropriate. Something his owners are going to find invaluable!
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Dogs riddled with anxiety, that appear to be in a constant state of frenzy need MORE structure, rules, and routine than your average dog. .
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Predictability creates security. .
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If you can’t provide a blueprint that gives your dog the security he needs to feel safe, he will draw up a plan himself and act in whatever manner relieves him of the stress he’s feeling at that moment - chronic chewing, submissive peeing, whining, separation anxiety, and an inability to listen. .
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Stress, anxiety, restlessness, and panicked reactions will eventually come to a head and your dog will make really poor choices if not otherwise interrupted. .
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If your dog suffers from nervousness, tension, insecurity, or any anxiety related behavior, SLOWING HIM DOWN by practicing permission based training - crate exercises, threshold manners, waiting for food or water, and TONS of duration in a Down or Place (away from you) - ALL met with non-negotiable rules, clear expectations, and accountability for manic behavior, will create a predictable, secure lifestyle for your dog. .
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When dogs are left guessing on how to act and behave, they do so in manner that servers them, not you. Providing them with clear-cut, black and white rules allows them to settle into themselves and not have to worry.
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Sometimes things have to be a bit rigid and tough in the beginning, for things to get better down the road.
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Treating myself to the #thegooddog after getting another deal under contract. Business is definitely starting to pickup for our company. #houstonrealestate #realestateinvestor #realestateinvesting


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Meet Blu! He is here for three one-on-one sessions for an off-leash recall. Isn't he a handsome guy!?


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Love In All the Wrong Ways
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If you have a hyperactive dog that easily gets easily aroused by affection or baby talk from you, this is the last thing you should be giving if you want to improve his state of mind. .
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Of course I am not saying to withhold all affection permanently. There’s just a time an place for all of the feels! .
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When it’s earned through really good behavior!
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When your dog is calm and relaxed, he is in a place of learning. If he’s constantly amped up because you’re freely giving him affection without him working for it, you will inevitably cause him to make mistakes and bad choices. .
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Your affection is one of your dog’s favorite rewards. Why would you give him this reward if he is behaving in a manner that you’re trying to subdue? Ignore him until he exhibits the behavior that justifies the reward.
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Ring around the Rosie (the all black one),
Pockets full of puppies,
Down-stay, Down-stay
We all go on "break!"


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Joey gave me quite the weekend, she was her amazing happy self up on that dock. Not only did she take first place in the Junior Open division, but she also earned her Dock Junior Advanced title, qualifying her for NADD Nationals this December!! I couldn’t ask for a better girl dog ❤️ Huge thanks to the Brightside for a great weekend of Dock and to Maggie Fan for the incredible photo of my girl 😊 #1TDC #poweredby1tdc #thebrightside #NADDNationals #NADD #bordercolliesofinstagram #bordercollie #bordercollies #bestdog #thegooddog #tricollies #newtitle


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So Dubz has headed home!
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That once, disobedient, wouldn’t work for anything-booger has made a complete transformation and is well on his way to having a life filled with the structure and accountability needed to be successful and make good choices.
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He now knows what has worked for him in the past (resource guarding what he claims as his own) is now met with black and white rules reinforced with immediate accountability. .
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His Mom has learned that as much as you spoil, you must lead. And that too much of the soft stuff with a stubborn dog can result in Dubz’s regression back to potentially dangerous behavior - guarding his food, refusing to move off the couch, growling when he’s asked to do something, biting under pressure.
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We talked about how reversing all of the following:
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-Too much Freedom
-Too much unearned affection
-Too much permissiveness
-Too much unintentional encouragement
-Too much excitement
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Along with..
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-Too little rules,
-Too little boundaries -Too little Accountability
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Will help lead Dubz to a healthier state of mind. And most importantly, how it’s all about BALANCE. Too much of the soft stuff creates behavioral anarchy with a firm dog.
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I am so happy that Dubz is reunited with his family with a whole new set of skills that will allow them to really enjoy the true companionship a dog can bring.
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Gonna miss you Dubby!
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Rarely do I come across a dog that is just too plain dumb to learn a thing. Most dog owners point the blame at the mental capacity of the dog when it’s merely an arousal issue getting in the way of learning. .
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When a dog seems tuned out, and incapable of grasping a command that you’ve gone over and over again with him, it’s typically a gap in your relationship with him and how he views you as a believable leader worth respecting. .
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In order to cultivate a relationship based on respect, you must first lay down the rules and boundaries needed to create the polite behavior. If you think your dog is a maniac and is incapable of listening, you need to address his state of mind before any learning is possible. .
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A dog in an elevated, aroused mental state is going to act on impulse alone, and not make healthy choices. He will be completely tuned out, and your smart dog will appear to be stupid. However, once the excitement is addressed, you will find your true dog’s disposition. This is where the learning happens.
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Little black 'n white loves waiting calmly to come inside. With clear rules and boundaries no grey exists here!


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Charlie had a refresher course before she will be coming to have full off-leash e-collar training in July.
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She is a perfect example of how important it is to maintain that training language she was taught a couple of months ago. If you don’t use it, your dog will lose it.
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Most dog owners want the quick fix and assume that the dog is going to be able to automatically know how to navigate a world that was once filled with allowances. Maintaining the same set of rules, structure, boundaries, and accountability is imperative for continued success. .
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Sending your dog away to a trainer will “reboot” your dog’s mindset, but it is up to the owner to maintain that same amount of commitment. It can be a lot of work in the beginning, but it so worth it once you see what your hard work has created - a well balanced, amazing companion.
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Charlie’s owner has done an amazing job keeping up with her obedience. Keeping this wild child under wraps is a full time job and I am astounded at how obedient Charlie still is. A few minor tweaks and some exposure to a few things she is reactive to is all she needed to get her back on track.
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I can’t wait to see what we’re going to be able to do with this one when we get her back!
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How many times have you caught yourself or heard someone else repeating a command that a dog just isn’t complying to? .
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Nope, down. Down. DOWN! .
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Eventually reaching an octave painful to even our human ears! .
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It is imperative to avoid saying a double command. If your dog doesn’t comply, wether out of stubbornness or your lack of believability, for something he’s been clearly and fairly taught, a consequence must follow. Say No, then correct. The dog should then move back into the previous said command. If the correction isn’t believable enough to move the dog into position, then repeat the command and supply leash guidance back into it. .
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The training tools you are using are your pathway to communication. Saying a command “twice-twice”, just waters down the meaning behind it and teaches your dog that he can still push boundaries.
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Little Kenny KILLED it at the Winter Park Farmer’s Market this morning for our first off-campus field trip! Holding his Down for nearly 15 minutes with only one “pop-up” that a simple “Nope” fixed... this 8 month old boy sure did impress the on-lookers!
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Making sure we kept Kenny calm for the entire process was key! Using all of those seemingly insignificant Permission Only Exercises - .
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- No rushing out of the crate - Staying Calm while being geared up
- No charging out of the front door to the Jeep
- No rushing into the Jeep
- Holding a Down for the entire car ride
- Staying in a focused heel for the entire walk over
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Done-zo! Excitement curbed!
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Awesome job today cutie!!
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When Anime found out Ms. Markle’s #rescuedog Guy rode into Windsor today on the seat next to the Queen, she agreed to get up before dawn and watch the #royalwedding with me. But only if she had her own tiara. I explained about the “no single ladies” and “not till after 6 pm” protocols. She pointed out it’s always after 6 pm somewhere and it’s nobody’s business whether she’s single or not. #princess #rescuedismyfavoritebreed #batpack #corgimix #thegooddog


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Structure. Observation. Consistency. Inside and Out.
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There are many reasons that dogs have accidents in their crates. Your dog may have come from a dirty kennel or a pet store where he was kept in a small cage and slept and eliminated in the same area. In his early training, he may have been kept in his crate for too long when he didn’t have enough bowel or bladder control to wait until he was let out of the crate, or he may just be having accidents because he’s stressed about being confined.
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Whatever the case may be, if practiced long enough, it becomes learned behavior. Undoing this takes some effort and constant observation.
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First, be sure your dog’s crate is the right size. He should only have enough room to stand and turn around in it. Having a large area to walk around in gives him too much room to be able to soil over in the corner and still avoid the mess.
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Assess the bedding situation in your dog’s crate. Remove all things comfy. If you have, and he’s still soiling, then try doing the opposite.
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Feed your dog at the same times every day. Take him out on leash roughly an hour after each feeding to relieve himself. Take note on how long it takes for him to have to relieve himself after mealtime or water.
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Feed your dog in his crate. Once he associates the crate with being his dining room, he might not find it so appetizing to use it as his bathroom.
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Make sure your dog is on a reasonable schedule. 5 hours is long time to wait to potty with a full bladder or bowel.
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Control his water intake.
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Be sure that your dog doesn’t eat or drink after 6PM. Be sure to take him out on leash to empty his bladder and poop shoot before you go to bed. .
Take your dog to the exact same spot he pottied the last time.
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Keep treats on you at all times to give as a reward when he does potty outside.
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Routine, routine, routine. Tons of structure, boundaries, and rules. You may not think what is allowed outside of the crate has anything to do with what happens inside, but it is all linked. If your dog is allowed to act a fool and practice bad behavior with little to no consequence when he isn’t crated, how can you expect him to honor your wishes when he’s confined?


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Ozzie is proof in the puddin...
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The prong collar can be one of the most effective and gentle forms of communication with your dog. In a matter of 7 minutes, Ozzie was patiently waiting for me to give him permission to walk through the door. He isn’t barging out ahead of me due to gentle leash pressure up and back. I let him know that he needs to check in and ask to move forward. .
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Bammo! Your dog is honoring your wishes and waiting for permission!
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This is one of the best opportunities to adjust your dog’s state of mind to break excitement and create respect. Especially for those nervous guys that need constant direction to ease their minds.
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It’s as easy as that folks! Demand respect from your dog. YOU and your dog will benefit from it!
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We had a pretty big fit with Ozzie when trying to crate him up today. You’d think this kiddo would have never been inside one! Little Kenny was like - “she did the same thing to me dude, 4 days ago...”
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We quickly got to work letting this nervous guy know that I will be taking over the reigns from here on out. He no longer will need to worry about making decisions on his own.
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Crate manners is one of the easiest ways to leverage your leadership skills. Your dog should wait for permission to anything. When your dog looks to you for permission, he doesn’t have to stress over what’s to happen next...
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Anxiety, stress, and worry tend to disappear when our dogs lean on us to make all of their decisions for them. One less thing to worry about! You’ll see that nervous, anxious floof slow down, chill out, and become much calmer. This changes the human/dog dynamic to a much healthier state of mind.
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Massive changes in behavior and attitude always start with the Crate on the first day of training.
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A common mistake amongst new dog owners is to wait until after their pup is at least 6 months of age before they ever consider any type of training. It is soooo important to start laying your groundwork regarding obedience, boundaries, rules, and structure, as soon as you assume the role as his owner. Your pup needs guidance now more than ever from a stable and competent leader. .
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When owners fail to begin training the day their new dog sets foot in their new home, the pup begins to train himself. Each tiny little moment is a learning opportunity, good or bad. Every decision the pup is allowed to make on his own shapes how he will make choices in the future. Dogs don’t come preprogrammed to know how to navigate our world, no different than an infant. We, as owners, must pave that road for them before we can expect them to understand how to make good or bad choices.
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Bad choices that get practiced over and over with little to no consequence, become habits that can turn your pup into a juvenile delinquent: jumping on guests, mouthing, demanding attention at all times, pulling on the lead, constant arousal, incessant barking, resource guarding. .
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Owners tend to wait until they’ve reached that final straw - that threshold of pain and torture that they can no longer tolerate - where they’re considering rehoming the pet, or actually getting the help they need to take back control of their household. .
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So don’t wait! The sooner you set rules and boundaries for your pup to abide by, the easier both your lives will be in the long run. Remember, this is a lifestyle, not a temporary gig.
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What in tar-nations is a “Working Level” on the remote collar? .
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The Working Level is the lowest number on the remote that a dog feels any indication of stimulation - His lowest perception of the new tingly sensation.
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How do you find it?
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Make sure you are in a neutral setting with ZERO distraction. Put your dog in a seated position. Turn your dial all the way down to 1. Tap the button 5x. Watch carefully for any sign that your dog feels the stim. Sometimes the reaction from this new sensation is so subtle from your dog that it’s difficult to tell which level is the lowest number needed for him to actually feel it. Retest several times.
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The e-collar is then used in the same exact fashion as the prong collar through pressure avoidance.
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Your dog should already have an understanding of pressure avoidance using the prong collar due to his obedience foundation. This ensures that the pressure from the remote will transfer easier to the behavior it is being applied to. This teaches the dog that HIS behavior and HIS choices cause the sensation to go away. When e-collar conditioning is done right, the dog feels as though their behavior controls the collar - they understand what decisions cause it to turn on and what decisions cause it to turn off.
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Hope this helps!
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Soooo, remember all that talk yesterday about doing the hokey-pokey? You know, building the “stay” into the commands Place, Down, and Sit- one foot at a time...
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Well it’s paid off with Mr. Dubz! The best part of training is the proofing stage. Putting your dog in command just about anywhere but moving traffic to test their impulse to break.
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I had so much fun yesterday proofing Dubz as I acted all a fool around him. He wasn’t phased or entertained a bit!
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Awesome job yesterday Dubzey!!
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Stay Power
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I don’t train with the word “Stay”. When I ask a dog to do something, the stay is implied. The dog cannot move out of the position he’s been asked to do, whether that’s a sit, down, or waiting for permission, until I release him or give a new command. .
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How does the dog know to do this without a separate word?
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One step at a time! .
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Once your dog clearly understands the command (sit, down, place) after plenty of repetitions, it’s time to add a degree of difficulty by adding distance, distraction, and finally, duration. Each repetition’s “stay” gets a little bit longer as I mark with “Good” and reward. If the dog does happen to break, simple leash guidance back in the same direction the dog came out of it is key.
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Each day that you practice impulse control with your dog - place command, threshold manners, crate, waiting for food, the easier the “Stay” gets! Before you know it, you can be completely out of sight for an hour while your dog holds the last position you put him in!
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The Place Command is so CLUTCH!!!
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Why?
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It is the best place to start slowing your dog down. If your dog is on full tilt 95% of the time, teach him the Place Command to promote calmness and self control. With non-negotiable rules for leaving, and patterning the Down Command to it, your dog will easily slip away into doggo meditation. Duration work in Place for long periods of time encourages relaxation, good choices, and a dog who can be chill while staying still!
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Slowing down your dog’s auto-response is by far the most valuable skill you can teach your dog and it is one that is missing in the vast majority of dog owner’s homes. The goal for family dogs should be to work on STATE OF MIND so that our dog’s are able to observe their surroundings and make healthy choices rather than impulsively reacting to their triggers.
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Little Kenny is well on his way to figuring out that all he has to do is just relax...
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“Let Thy Food Be Thy Medicine”
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Did you know that all foods have distinct energy properties that have the ability to to balance our bodies and make us healthy? OR, can create imbalances which ultimately result in sickness?
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I am a firm believer in food therapy and how food can be used to nourish and harmonize the body, mind, and spirit. Each of us, as well as our dogs, are all compiled of unique constitutions that thrive on individual formulas. What’s good for me, isn’t necessarily what would be good for you. By eating the correct foods, depending on our particular composition, we feed ourselves what our bodies need to be healthy and balanced. For example, if your constitution is dry and always warm, eating foods that bring moisture, while cooling your body down would be optimal, otherwise you would find yourself always overheating, irritable, and cranky. .
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Dog’s diets are no different than ours in that they need certain foods to prevent stagnation and to promote healing.
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Dubz was diagnosed with Masticatory Muscle Myositis (MMM) as a pup. This is an inflammatory disease in dogs affecting the muscles of mastication (chewing). He’s been on prednisone since diagnosis to control the pain. This steroid is known to cause overheating an irritability. Kibble, being overly processed and generally a heat generating food source, could potentially be another cause of Dubz’s irritability and moodiness. Getting Dubz on a cooling diet, with foods that will move his blood, is imperative to getting this guy on the right track.
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This is the second step in my Permission Based Training protocol!
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Want to see the first... check out my FB business page;)
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Controlling the impulse to charge through the door is the second step I teach in my Permission Based Training protocol. .
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Kenny has to learn to wait patiently for me to give permission for him to walk through the door. I let him know that he needs to check in and ask to move forward with gentle leash pressure upwards.
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Threshold manners are one of many Permission Based Exercises you can teach your pup in order to leverage a bit more respect for you as a leader. Not only will your dog respect you more, but it’s also a great way to set the tone for your structured walk. .
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This is also an excellent opportunity to adjust your dog’s state of mind and break the cycle of excitement before walking through the door. Boundaries should be set at important entryways to develop impulse control. Your dog should look to you for guidance and leadership, rather than act on impulse to run out ahead of you.
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Rainy days in Florida mean training gets done off-campus in big box stores!
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We headed to Home Depot to practice Recall with Mr. Dubz. A wonderful couple was nice enough to keep us company as I called Dubz passed them. It was a great opportunity to remind Dubz that he has to always stay focused on his handler, no matter the temptation. A simple tap on the remote was enough to remind him to focus on the task at hand.
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What an awesome job he did! This guy is starting to really impress me.
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Most dog owners have the impression that they have to overly exercise and mentally stimulate their dog with puzzles and such in order to have a really well behaved dog. Always under constant stimulation and never learning how to self soothe, turn off, slow down, relax, and calm the mind, is the very reason we see dog’s in a constant state of agitation. .
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Slowing down your dog’s auto-response is by far the most valuable skill you can teach your dog and it is one that is missing in the vast majority of dog owner’s homes. The goal for family dogs should be to work on STATE OF MIND so that our dog’s are able to observe their surroundings and make healthy choices rather than impulsively reacting to their triggers. When our dog’s engine is always running in high RPM’s, it doesn’t take much to trigger a giant explosion.
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One of the best places to start slowing down our dog, promote calmness, and self control is the Place Command. With non-negotiable rules for leaving, and patterning the Down Command to it, your dog will easily slip away into doggo meditation. Duration work in Place for long periods of time encourages relaxation, good choices, and a dog who can be chill while staying still!
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Zero impulse control. Reacting to everything in his environment without a thought in the world. Any trigger has an immediate reaction without a thought about what’s best. Dogs dragging their owners down the street, snarling and barking at every dog passing by, barking just because, and can’t ever sit still - Auto-pilot Mode.
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Without repercussions, why would he?
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Developing thought for their actions by building awareness of consequences for really poor choices, creates impulse control and shuts down auto-pilot mode.
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Where do you start? With Permission Based Training - every single action your dog makes, is because you gave him permission to make it. What you allow is what you train. If you want to control your dog’s impulse to react to any trigger in his environment, start by demanding respect with...
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Crate Manners
Threshold Manners
An Immaculate Heel
Waiting for Food or Water
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Soon you will see your dog think before reacting, creating a happier dog and a much happier you!
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Hey Peeps!!
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Meet Kenny! This cutie-patooty is here for the week to learn basic obedience - woo-hoo! .
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What we know so far is that little Kenny has just about no manners. Because he is right at the bratty teenage point in his development, he takes no direction from his owners what so ever. Although he is currently crated, he still has a problem with pottying in the house - even on furniture! What the??
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So I can’t wait for you guys to meet this little one tomorrow and watch him grow over the week as learns how to be a good little boy that obeys his owners wishes and learns to potty outside.
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Set the Tone Early!
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If you have a leash reactive dog or a dog that is nearly impossible to take out in public due to his over-excitement, set the tone early in the process so that you’re not dealing with a full-scale episode in the heat of the moment.
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How do you do this? Permission Based Training!
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1- Start with the crate. Put him in it. Do not let your dog rush out of it, and use the door as your defense if he feels so inclined. .
2- Do not leash up your dog until he is calm and seated.
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3- Use your front door as a Threshold exercise where your dog must wait for your permission before proceeding through it.
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4- Use you car door as another instance of demanding respect and exercising impulse control. Your dog cannot jump into or get out off your car until given the command to do so.
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5- Have your dog hold a DOWN for the entire car ride. He cannot get up when you shut the car off, open the door, open his door, or grab the lead. He only gets up when you command him to do so.
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Now you’ve set the tone for what may seem an impossible feat - like the human gauntlet at the WP Farmer’s Market. But trust me, when your dog remains calm due to these preliminary procedures, having a full-scale meltdown is pretty unlikely! .
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If you’re trying to tackle your dog’s bad behavior before you leverage the tiny little moments where permission is needed, you are setting yourself, and your dog up for failure. Laying down a foundation built on respect using Permission Based Training creates leverage that can be used against your dog’s core issues.
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Waiting for Food or Water is one of those exercises that should be practiced each and every day with your dog. Your dog should give you eye contact before he is allowed to dive into his bowl and gobble up his food. Not only does this develop impulse control, but it also cultivates respect for you as the leader.
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A Little Allowance Here or There
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Nobody said it was easy to maintain discipline and good habits. .
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Bikini/banana hammock season is creeping upon us... .
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Sooo, you’ve been working out on a daily basis and eating healthy for the past 3 weeks to trim down your beach bod. Ugh, that little piece of cookie isn’t going to kill me. Not that big of a deal. This week-end, you eat 3 slices of pizza. No worries, just more time on the treadmill. Day by day, chip by chip, the junk food creeps back into your daily routine without you even realizing it. .
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Now the bad habit outweighs the discipline. .
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This is exactly what happens to a lot of dog owners that run their misbehaved dog through a training program and then head back home. Ugh, your dog has completely reverted back into his bad habits. .
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How did this happen? .
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Their structure, rules, and accountability start to slip, “chip by chip,” allowance by allowance. Tiny, ever so slightly, incremental allowances that go unchecked and unnoticed, begin to paint a different landscape for the dog once again. That one time he breaks Place without a correction. That time he’s allowed to bark incessantly at the doorbell without being told no, all with zero accountability for breaking the rules.
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Little by little you’ve let your dog know that it’s okay to regress. It’s so slight in the beginning that you don’t even notice it until there’s a major transgression. .
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The good thing is, your dog hasn’t forgotten all that he’s been taught. All that’s needed is for you to restart and maintain all of those rules that were laid out for you in the very beginning.
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Does your dog run on auto-pilot? Reaction with no thought on what may or may not be a good or bad choice?
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Pulling you on leash to greet a passing dog, shredding your kid’s bike tires because they’re scary, biting you when you try to take his food bowl away?
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If so, teaching your dog to wait for permission, to slow down and think before reacting, is the ticket. And it all starts with those tiny little moments that always get overlooked:
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- barging through the doorway before you
- charging out of or into the crate before you say “okay”
- breaking command before you give the release to do so
- diving into the food bowl before getting polite eye contact
- pulling you on leash to that bush, or to your car door, or to that dog
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Developing impulse control builds character and develops respect for you as a leader. Practicing these tiny, little exercises throughout your day, and holding your dog accountable for being disrespectful, will help your dog think before reacting.
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Preventative Maintenance
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I am a huge proponent of using crates! Half the battle of controlling bad choices from ever being made in first place is by stopping them from being practiced. .
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Dogs that are left to free roam the house while your gone and while you cannot actively monitor their behavior, will inevitably always get into trouble - grabbing trash out of the bathroom waste basket, chewing a hole in your new sofa, marking every corner of the house, fence fighting with the neighbor’s dog, going ballistic at the Amazon delivery guy. .
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Aways amped up, continually practicing bad habits, and undoing all or any of the training you try instilling when you are home. .
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Crates ensure your dog’s state of mind is in the same place as when you left him. Your house is still intact, and so are all the rules you enforce in your presence. The crate represents structure, stability, clarity, and comfort for them. Just because we humans feel the crate as some form of punishment like a child’s timeout, dogs actually need it to thrive.
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Mum, please. Fetch is for rookies.
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