Food, Not Fingers

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How to train your dog to take treats gently. From wolf hybrids to bully breeds, I’ve always had big dogs. Since I only use reward-based training, it’s very important that the first thing they learn to do is take treats gently from me. Dogs who are highly treat-motivated can be difficult to reward without losing a finger. Large dogs, and puppies especially, often don’t … [Read more...]

Service Dog Training

Service Dog Training

Service Dog Training Facts What is a service dog? Service dogs are dogs that have been specifically trained to help disabled people in all aspects of their lives. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), service dogs are considered medical equipment. From completing daily tasks to detecting seizures before they happen, service dogs prove they truly are man’s best … [Read more...]

Introducing Your Dog to Water

How to Introduce Your Dog to Water

How to Introduce Your Dog to Water As a dog owner, you want to be able to enjoy the summer season with your dog, which means bringing your dog along your travels. Your summer excursions will often include a body of water, such as the ocean or lake. To ensure you and your dog enjoy your vacation together, learn how to introduce your dog to water. We dive into the … [Read more...]

Breed Spotlight: Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherd Characteristics The Australian Shepherd is a medium-sized dog recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) as part of the herding group. Weight varies from dog to dog, but Australian Shepherds are generally 40 to 60 pounds with height ranging from 20 to 23 inches. Coloring of the Australian Shepherd varies greatly. It is common to see merle marking of … [Read more...]

How to Teach a Dog to Play Dead

How to Teach a Dog to Play Dead

Training Your Dog to Play Dead Of all the dog tricks that entertain onlookers, one of the most fun is the ol' "Bang Bang" trick. The play dead trick is not only fun to do, but can also strengthen the bond between you and your dog. Some dogs may take a while to learn it so just be patient. The end result is well worth it once your dog has the trick down. By following the … [Read more...]