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Dogs are a bit like potato chips - it can be very hard to have just one! Adding a second dog to the family can be a joy. It's double the fun, but also double the work. There are some unique challenges and common mistakes that come along with adding a second dog to your home. Here are some tips to ensure you aren't making them!

 
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I always recommend tricks... and I mean ALWAYS! Bringing home a baby puppy - start teaching them tricks. Got a dog with focus issues? Work hard on your tricks. Is your dog lacking in his recall? Work those tricks!

 
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There are many things involved in raising a great dog. One of the biggest components is management, especially during the puppy phase. Without proper management, things will likely go wrong in a hurry. Today, I want to discuss what management is and how to use it to your advantage to help create the best possible dog!

 
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The majority of my thinking these days falls in line with that of a dog trainers. There are things that are engrained so deeply now, that it's surprising to me when I hear a different opinion or tactic. I pride myself on having an open mind, but there are definitely beliefs that I hold so strongly to that I can't imagine thinking differently. I remember the days prior to becoming a dog trainer well and there are times I smile at the old me and think, if I'd only known then.

 

This was not an easy article to write and I have no doubt it will be upsetting for some, but it needed to be written. The topic of rescue dogs divides me like few others. I am a dog lover through-and-through. There is no question that I would choose dogs over most other things in life - Riches? Fame? Power? Thanks, but no thanks - just give me dogs. My own 'bleeding heart' could be tattoo'd on my chest most days and I could get lost in the "Disney-model" for dogs forever if given the right shelter from reality, but I am also a dog trainer and that means reality often overshadows heart. Today's question is: Should you rescue a dog?

 
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"Damn dog! I called him and he didn't come - what a bad dog."

"Look at that dog ignoring his owner - they must not have done their job training - what a bad human!"

Blame, blame, BLAME! We want to place it when we see something not going as planned. Dog not coming? Must be a bad dog! After all - he didn't come. No wait, that seems wrong - how can it be the dogs fault? Must be the humans fault - yes, that sounds right. After all, someone has to be at fault, right? Wait, what if nobody was at fault? Let's play the blame game for a moment.

 

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This is a commonly asked question for us and like most things in dog training, there is no, "one-size-fits-all" answer. Black and white is a rarity in the dog training world, so we try not to choose definitive sides on most issues. Really, we like to examine each individual situation and assess the dog's level of respect and understanding for the rules of the house.

 

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This topic came up in our My Dog Can Online Training community group and I knew right away it would make a great article. I also knew right away that it would likely to be a controversial one with strong beliefs on both sides of the argument, but I still pose the question: Should you let your dog play with other dogs? As with most posts I write, there is no black and white answer and my goal is to present the arguments, not to decide for you. So, let's go!

 

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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.