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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 Day 7 – Loki’s First Week

Doberman mix puppy Loki has had a massive bombardment of new information over the past seven days. Being up in his brain more has naturally caused some of the “bounce” to smooth out of him — of course it probably … Continue reading

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Puppy Boot Camp Day 4: Loki Beginning “Stay”

The “stay” cue isn’t hard to teach, although it is easy to nullify in short order. The reason is usually due to a lack of proofing during training. With this in mind, teaching “stay” is a long-term process that has … Continue reading

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Puppy Boot Camp Day 3 – Loki Learning Recall, Beginning Agility (And the Power of the Time Out)

It seems to finally be dawning on Loki that his life is about to change forever. He kind of shut down during his training stint today. He acted like he didn’t recognize any of the cues he has just learned … Continue reading

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Puppy Boot Camp – Loki’s Journal Day 1

Loki is a maybe-Doberman mix who was rescued from a high kill shelter in San Antonio, Texas and bused to the Grand Rapids area. He was adopted by some friends of mine, perhaps due to his ears. Well, that’s why … Continue reading

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