There's no question about it, old dogs are special. There's something about the unwavering loyalty of a grey-faced dog that could melt your heart. Living with an old dog can present some unique challenges. To help ease the transition into old age, here are a few great and subtle changes you can make to ensure they still have wonderful quality of life. 

 

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I had an entirely different blog post planned for this week, but the old saying should be, "the best-laid plans of mice, men and bloggers often go astray." This week was on par with that as the point of derailment for my plans became obvious early on. My planned post will have to wait until next week as the contained topic is nagging at me far too much to talk about anything else.

 

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Picture it! The day has finally arrived after a long wait. You're all set to pick up your new 4-legged family member! So much excitement and anticipation that has been in the works for months now. The kids have finally agreed on a name, everyone is on board and ready - you've got all of your supplies and now, all you need is the puppy!!!! Imagine the heartache to show up and ring the bell, only to be greeted by a person with no idea what you are talking about... 

 

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Without question, the recall is the most important skill anyone can teach a dog. Teaching your dog to "COME" when you call will allow you to give them freedom, knowing that they'll be safe and will come back to you when you need them to. Without a reliable recall, your dog could find danger, become lost or even worse. All dogs can learn a reliable recall if they have an owner willing to put in the time and effort.

 

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There are many types of learning when it comes to dogs. Trainers often talk of Classical and Operant Conditioning as the two main ways dogs learn, but it can get a bit more complicated than that when you start to dig below the surface. There are several other things that may come into play when analyzing your dog's behaviour.

 

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Jumping up becomes a default behaviour for a lot of dogs. They learn very early that wonderful things from humans usually come from up high. This learning typically continues to be reinforced as they grow. Often, people will say they don't mind when the dog is a puppy, but that lesson stays with the dog regardless of their size. So how do you teach your dog to greet people without jumping up? Here are some tips!

 

It's important to teach dogs of all shapes and sizes to have good leash manners for the enjoyment of walks. We like to teach our dogs to walk nicely at our left side on a loose leash using the cue, "Let's Go!". Here are some tips to help you train your dog to walk nicely with you. Check out the video below!

 

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All dogs are capable of showing possession. It is ingrained in their DNA as canines and part of their base instinct behaviours as predatory creatures. So how do we work through this instinct to ensure our dogs don't think they need to turn teeth towards us if we wander into their space while they have an item of value?

 

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Leadership is an important thing in so many situations. Good leaders are revered and keep the world moving smoothly. Good leaders make wonderful bosses, raise amazing children and, for our purposes today, raise and train wonderful dogs. So the burning question, of course, is what makes a good leader when it comes to dogs?

 

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To some people, the idea of a Daycare for Dogs is still outrageous, but we know that dogs have taken on a different role in our lives. We want to make sure their needs are met through the day, which sometimes means enlisting the help of a dog walker or a daycare. For most people, it's also a nice thing to bring home a tired dog at the end of the day, but daycare is not for every dog and not every daycare is created equally.