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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!

 
Course Level Taken : Online Training
Testimonial Rating : 5.00

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? 

 
Course Level Taken : Online Training
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Enrichment is a big buzz word in the Dog Training community. We're seeing all sorts of new and fun ways to bring enrichment to our dogs life. Snuffle matts and ball pits and specially designed toys... the list goes on. Some schools even offer entire classes filled with these enrichment games. Enrichment is wonderful if it's used right. The question is, are you using it right?

 
Course Level Taken : Online Training
Testimonial Rating : 5.00

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When people come to us asking for help with a skill they're struggling with, we can often find a step that has been left out in their training plan. As humans, it can be hard for us to understand how dogs think simply because it is different than how we think, and it can be hard to understand why you might have a perfect recall in your yard, only to watch your dog ignore you at the park. Today, we're going to talk about the steps necessary to train and perfect a skill from start to finish using our favourite acronym - "T.R.A.I.N."

 
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On the day of a car accident, nobody expects it to happen. It jumps out at us out of the blue, but we hope we have all necessary precautions in place. We Insure our vehicles in case of an incident. We get into a car equipped with airbags and buckle our seat belts.

 
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Frequently, when I ask what breed of dog someone has, I hear "a Retriever" as the response. When I press further, "What kind of Retriever?" answers are either immediate - a Golden or a lab, or I get a confused look in response. Do you know that there are actually 6 recognized breeds of Retrievers. Everyone knows Labs and Goldens, but have you heard of the Curly-coat? What about the Flat-coat? And there's even 2 more...

 
Course Level Taken : Online Training
Testimonial Rating : 5.00

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The "App" is like the modern version of, "Better living through Chemistry." Our lives are constantly being simplified by technology. Need an answer? Just ask Google. Need a ride? Pull up the Uber App. Want Groceries? No problem! There are many apps for convenience these days and if you want to hire a Dog Walker/Sitter, well there's an app for that too. Couldn't be easier, right?!? But convenience is not without its costs. Just look at how many times Uber has been in the news over driver's acting inappropriately. No surprise, there are stories hitting the news with similar implications when dealing with dog sitters and walkers. This begs the question: What is the price of convenience?