Category Archives: training

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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Puppy Boot Camp: Dom, Day 1 – Retch and Ralph!

A puppy’s diet can have a serious impact on his behavior. Continue reading

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Rambling With Your Dog Will Solve Behavior Problems

I encourage all dog owners to go for a ramble. Find a space, a fenced in area, where he can be set free and just allowed to be a dog. Carry a batch of delicious treats with you. When your … Continue reading

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Loki Learning Recall, Day 2, Puppy Boot Camp

Unfortunately the rain interrupted our trip back to the Ledges today but during a break from the drizzle, I took all the dogs out in the back 40, where we resumed some lessons. Loki was pretty consistent about coming when … Continue reading

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Puppy Boot Camp: Loki Learning Recall

Loki is growing up! This former student is now a gangly adolescent puppy whose lucky parents are on a voyage Beyond the Sea. They took advantage of the sabbatical to boomerang him back to Aunt Nancy’s boot camp, so he … Continue reading

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Clicker Training A Mare To Tolerate Clippers

Sophie is a Morgan mare who, at the impressive age of 36, has developed Cushing’s Disease. This has led to her inability to fully lose her winter coat despite 90+ degree temperatures in Eastern Washington. Her owner wanted to clip … Continue reading

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