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Camping with Dogs

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, enjoy camping and have a dog you likely want to include your dog in these outings. Some dogs will be suitable and some won’t, often depending on where you go and the type of camping you do. If you’d like things to go as smoothly as possible, here are some[...]
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Managing Holiday Stress With Pets

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When Control Becomes a Dirty Word

  • By: Renée Erdman, CTC, ACDBC, DipCBST, VSPDT
  • Date: Nov 03, 2018
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Top 10 Behaviour Myths via Jean Donaldson

The dog training industry is rife with opinions and theories, very few of them are actually truth. Scientific evidence is something we should strive for when working with animals; outlandish fiction muddies the water for everyone. 1) Dogs are naturally pack animals with a clear social order. This one busts coming out of the gate[...]
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Integrating a New Dog Into Your “Pack”

These guidelines should help during that crucial initial stage of integration. Most people rush into introducing the dogs and expect them to “work it out”. Often times this is a stressful scenario and you can start things off on the wrong foot without intending to.  If you follow these guidelines and take your time you[...]
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The Opportunity You May Be Missing

Carving out time in our busy schedules to work on training with our canine comradess can be tough. If we want to see results it takes consistency, dedication and time. It’s a challenge when many of us are balancing, family, work and outside interests. Training is an on-going effort we must invest in our dogs[...]
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2 Things You Should Teach Your Dog Today

The foundation for all “good” behaviour is impulse control (patience) and focus and response to handler. Animals are naturally impulsive; it’s up to us to teach them what we DO want them to do instead of constantly reacting negatively to what they are doing that we don’t like. How can we expect them to change[...]
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Why Calm Assertive Energy is Bullsh*t

  • By: Renée Erdman, CTC, ACDBC, DipCBST, VSPDT
  • Date: Jan 20, 2018
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Last year a woman came to me for help. Before that she had been desperate to stop her Rotti mix, Mason, from behaving badly and found a “boot camp” style trainer that promised to rehabilitate her dog. Upon meeting Mason, the man put a choke collar on the dog, and after Mason growled, the man[...]
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“Why Can’t My Dog Be Normal?”

Some days it can be a real challenge living with a reactive dog or one you find a challenge. They may pull on the leash like a freight train, bark at crows and try to attack them, or they may have more serious issues such as reactivity/fear towards people or other dogs, or guard items[...]
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