Category Archives: empathy

Puppy Boot Camp Day 11 -Dom the GSD – practicing the recall

Tonight we were back in the farm store with Til. We worked on attention training and coming when called. Dom is still reactive to certain people but I am able to call him and have him respond more consistently now. … Continue reading

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Puppy Boot Camp Day 10 – Dom GSD – Coming When Called

Dom the German shepherd pup is getting trained by my dogs as well as me. Continue reading

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Puppy Boot Camp Day 9 – Dom GSD Coming When Called

One of my training goals for Dom the German shepherd at Puppy Boot Camp was to come when called. This is one of his first early tests, and he improved markedly in just one session. Continue reading

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Puppy Boot Camp Day 8 – Dom GSD – Solo!

Dom the German shepherd pup has graduated to his first solo trip to the farm store today. He was clearly sending signs of nervousness; yawning frequently and panting hard. But since it was the store we had already visited repeatedly, … Continue reading

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Puppy Boot Camp – Day 7 – Dom the GSD, Review

The first week has marched by for Dom, the German shepherd puppy with fear issues. It has been a very eventful week for him. I decided to summarize his progress by posting a list of his issues that his people … 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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