Road Trip! Taking Your Dog on Vacation

Taking your dog along on vacation can be great fun for many families. If you hate the idea of boarding your best friend while you motor off for distant fun, including her in the vacation plans may be a great idea. But it should never be a spur-of-the-moment decision....

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Lures and Rewards and Bribes . . . Oh My!

If you've ever done any positive reinforcement dog training, you know that food plays a big part of the training process. Most dogs are highly motivated by food. They will happily engage in learning new behaviors with the promise of getting a yummy bit of something in...

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In Praise of Good Leash Manners

Dogs that enjoy inclusion in their families’ activities usually share one characteristic: good leash manners. Think about those summer dog festivals or kids’ soccer and baseball games. For the most part, the dogs that get to join their families for these events walk...

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The Problems with Labels

I caught myself doing something the other day that I try to keep my clients from doing: putting a “label” on a problem behavior. In my eleven-plus years of training, I have come to reject neat categorical labels for dog behavior. I got to that point by consulting with...

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