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The Evolution of Loki – From Street Dog To Actor Dog

When he showed up, I guessed Loki to be about ten months old. He had the body of a prize fighter, the lightweight division, wasp-waisted and muscular. He flung himself to the end of the retractable leash and went whirring … Continue reading

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Teaching Arthur the German Shepherd to Swim

I grew up in the far north of Michigan, surrounded by inland seas. One favorite activity is taking the dogs swimming. As a kid, I thought most dogs loved to chase sticks and swim and jump in the water. Boy, … 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 – Revisiting the Stay

Sometimes when you take some time off, the puppy will relapse. Such was the case for Dom, now Arthur, who visited the store today and his walking with the cart reminded me of the first day I took him. A … Continue reading

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Puppy Boot Camp Day 19 – GSD Pup Learning to Stay

The saga of Dom, the fearful German shepherd puppy, continued through this morning training session when I decided to introduce the notion of staying put. It isn’t too difficult for most puppies. For the ones who have confidence problems, it … 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 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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