Category Archives: dogs

Puppy Boot Camp – What To Feed A Spooky Pup

Arthur the GSD turned 6 months old on February 7th. I wish I could say he was completely cured. He is doing so much better but he relapses once in awhile. He is still afraid of kids. In the kitchen … Continue reading

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Puppy Boot Camp – Arthur GSD and His Fear

A German shepherd is a dog that should not fear anything; least of all little kids. When Arthur came to me about a month ago he was riddled with issues. He was terrified of moving vehicles: Being around them, being … Continue reading

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Puppy Boot Camp Day 14 – Dom GSD – Heeling at the Dog Show!

Dom the German shepherd completed his second week at Boot Camp by visiting the Winter Classic dog show in Novi. The fearful pup greeted people and dogs with a barrage of fierce barking when we arrived, but he quickly saw … Continue reading

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Puppy Boot Camp, Day 7 – Dom the GSD – Intro to Recall

Now that Dom has learned to trust me a little, and has gained some confidence, he should be able to concentrate on learning how to come when he is called. This will have to be taught in steps, starting with … Continue reading

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Puppy Boot Camp – Day 6 – Dom Backslides, and the Mighty Kong

Dom the German shepherd was back in the farm store today, following yesterday’s hike and our visit to a different store the day prior. The store was busy with a lot of customers and Dom experienced a higher level of … Continue reading

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Puppy Boot Camp – Day 5 – Dom and His First Hike

Recently I wrote a blog post about the importance of taking your dog for a ramble, and how beneficial it is for his (and your) well-being. All dogs should enjoy an hour walk, or more, with their owner, several times … Continue reading

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Puppy Boot Camp – Day 4 – Why a Shopping Cart Instills Confidence

This might sound weird, but I have taken Dom the German shepherd puppy to the farm store four out of the four days he has been here. For one thing, the weather has been your typical lower Michigan crap; wet … Continue reading

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Puppy Boot Camp, Day 3 – Dom – Trick and Treat

German shepherds have been bred to execute a full-mouth bite. They have rows of big white teeth. Gator face. When taking treats it’s natural for them to hit your hand hard and swallow whatever comes out of it. So today … Continue reading

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Puppy Boot Camp – Dom, Day 2, Part 2: The Cart Before The Force

Since Dom the German shepherd puppy has exhibited nervousness about riding in the car, one of the Boot Camp goals is to take him for car rides as much as possible. Since I had to do other errands today, I … Continue reading

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Puppy Boot Camp – Dom, Day 2: The Courage Meal

Dom the five-month-old German shepherd pup ate breakfast, as my friend Mary Beth would say, “Like he’s going to the chair.” For a pup with a queasy tummy and no appetite, this is pretty good. As I explained yesterday, he … Continue reading

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