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Do you rush to get rid of training aids? Do you take your leash off before your dog has a reliable recall? Do you try to remove food from training before value has been added to a skill? Do you throw the crate out while your pup still has unreliable habits in the house?

What if I told you you are making your life MUCH more difficult? 

 
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“Success is never owned, it is rented, and the rent is due every day.” — Rory Vaden

I love this quote by Rory Vaden. It fits training a dog so well, how could we possibly think about it any differently now that we've thought of it in that context? I have to put in effort EVERY day in order to have success. Right! Got it.....

Except....

 
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Dog won't COME? Pulls your arm off? Destructive in the home? Steals things? Etc. etc. etc. 

What if I told you you could fix all of these problems quite quickly? How? Start training!

Just!

Start!

Training!

 
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I typically don't know what my next post will be. Often, it's simply a reaction to something that's hit me in my day-to-day life, like an interaction with a student or a sentiment that seems to permeate the community. These things are often ones that resonate with me in some way. I love it when something hits me in just such a way that it challenges something I believe and I have to open my mind to new possibilities. This is truly how we grow!

 
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When words like 'fur-kid' and 'fur-baby' started to become part of our everyday lingo, it initially gave me pause. Gradually, I started to feel mild annoyance when hearing them. Fast forward a few years and now, they elicit a deep frustration in me.

 
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Today I thought we'd do something different. Today, we're going to play a game. It's easy - here's how it works:

  • Assign yourself 1 point for each entry you've accomplished.
  • Subtract one point for each entry you disagree with
  • Add one (1) bonus point for each bonus entry that applies to you
  • Maintain a running total until you reach the end of the list

Your goal is to get as close to zero as possible.

Let's Play!

 
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I'm pretty surprised to be writing about the most recent John Wick action movie on a dog training blog, but here we are! When John Wick 3 hit theatres, the dog training world gasped in horror.... not another movie featuring the Belgian Malinois!

 
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It's that time of year again! Beautiful weather and nice sunshine is coming! It makes for very nice outings, but it can also be a frustrating time for dog owners and dog lovers. Those who like to bring their dogs along for the ride because their dogs love to be there and those who spot a dog in a car and worry that the dog is in distress.

 
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You've likely watched the videos and read the stories surrounding the death of Dallas, a dog who allegedly starved to death at a Board and Train facility in Tennesee. After the story initially broke, I purposely didn't share it because I believe people are sometimes wrongly accused of horrible things through quickfire reactions online. We are an emotional species and often react first with our hearts instead of our heads. When I first read this story, I thought it was so disturbing that every ounce of my being wanted the facts to be wrong. I looked for the story for all of the days following hoping that I would see this as just another overreaction and nothing more. I was so hopeful that there would be some other crazy, but understandable explanation for the dog passing. When I saw the necropsy report however, I knew that this truly was the work of cruel people. There was no other explanation. I gave up hope when I read that the dog had died with 0% body fat.

 
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There's a lot of talk in the dog world about the sniff walk and why you should let your dog sniff on their walks. So is this sage advice? Should you simply allow your dog to do what they'd like on walks in an effort to improve their enrichment? Will our dogs only enjoy their walks if we let them sniff the entire time? As with most things in dogdom, there is no right or wrong answer, but rather how you might decide what the right choice is for YOUR dog. As usual, there are valid arguments on both sides of the equation, so the decision should be weighed thoroughly and then made by each individual dog owner. There is rarely, if ever, a one-size-fits-all solution in dogs, so let's answer today's question after we talk through a few of the arguments. When is it okay to allow sniffing and when is it not?