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Four things Essential to your Dog

Four things Essential to your Dog

Every dog's daily routine must include four essentials in order to keep them calm, happy, engaged, and well balanced.  With all four elements consistently included in their daily routine you will have a dog that is interested in learning, finds a variety...

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Your Daily Dog Connection

Your Daily Dog Connection

A routine part of your day with your dog can be transformed in to a powerful bonding and training opportunity.  Overlooked by many trainers and dog owners, about ten minutes a day will connect you with your canine family member and help your dog...

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Make Good Choices!

Make Good Choices!

Probably THE most essential character trait of a dog that is easy to live with would be that the dog thinks. For decades, the perception of good dog training was that we must make the dog do what they are told, when they are told to do it, and NOTHING...

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And your time … starts … now!

And your time … starts … now!

"Some day I'm going to train ...", "I should get around to teaching my dog to ...", "We really need to work on ... " Sound familiar?  Yeah, me too.  But what exactly IS the correct date for "Some day"?  For most of us there is no specific date and that's...

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8 Cues for Consistency

8 Cues for Consistency

The start of the new year is a great time to focus on what we would like to achieve in the future.  Over the past week many have shared with me some aspect of the relationship that they would like to improve with their dog, a skill that needs to be honed,...

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Safer At Home Activity

Safer At Home Activity

Concerns about the potential spread of COVID-19 has caused the Governor to order Wisconsin residents to exercise additional precautions during the months of March and April.  From his very first Tweet announcing this initiative, however,...

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The Second Story

The Second Story

This post is based on self-reflection after having gone through one of the most emotionally challenging periods of my adult life.  I'm not sharing this to evoke empathy or out of a need for personal release ... a corner has been turned and the emotional...

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What are YOU talking about?

What are YOU talking about?

There is no substitute for a thorough training program.  Shaping a behavior, putting a name to it, reinforcing the behavior, possibly chaining it with other behaviors, proofing in a variety of settings ... all these steps in the process are what help a dog...

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