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Training Your Dog to Come When Called: Common Mistakes fearful dogs reactive dogs Sep 14, 2020

Have you worked hard to train your dog to come when called, only to have them ignore you if they don’t see treats in your hand? This is a common problem you can fix with just a small...

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Coming when Called: Supercharge your cue fearful dogs reactive dogs Sep 07, 2020

Does your dog come when you call? Maybe sometimes, if there aren’t too many distractions? 

 

Coming when called is a critical behavior for pet dogs. Dogs need a strong recall to...

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How to Train your Dog to Participate in Harnessing, Happily! (Part 2) fearful dogs Aug 25, 2020

Last week we brought you Part 1 of an example harness training plan. In that first part of the plan, you trained your dog to put their head into the harness on their own. 

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How to Train your Dog to Participate in Harnessing, Happily! (Part 1) fearful dogs Aug 24, 2020

Last week we showed you how to use treats to introduce your dog to a harness.  But if you have a sensitive dog, a few treats might not be enough to distract them while you...

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How to Introduce Your Dog to a New Harness fearful dogs Aug 17, 2020

You’ve bought a new harness for your dog.  What next?  If you’re like most people, you try it on your dog to see if it fits.  

 

But, you might have learned the...

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Teaching “Let’s go!” for Reactive Dogs : Putting it All Together reactive dogs Aug 10, 2020

Wouldn’t it be nice if, instead of barking at other dogs, your reactive dog would turn and move away with you?  In this post we’re putting all of the “Let’s...

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Teaching “Let’s go!” for Reactive Dogs (Part 4) reactive dogs Aug 03, 2020

 Congratulations! You’ve made it to the final part of the “Let’s go!” training series for reactive dogs.   In Part 1, we started to build a...

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Teaching “Let’s go!” for Reactive Dogs (Part 3) reactive dogs Jul 27, 2020

Welcome to Part 3 of the “Let’s go!” training series for reactive dogs.  The purpose of this training is to teach your dog to move away from distractions,...

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Teaching “Let’s go!” for Reactive Dogs (Part 2) reactive dogs Jul 20, 2020

Last week, we started to build a “Let’s go” behavior on cue. The idea is that your dog will turn and move with you, without you having to tug on the leash.

In the first...

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Teaching “Let’s go!” for Reactive Dogs (Part 1) reactive dogs Jul 13, 2020

If you have a dog who goes crazy around other dogs, chances are you’ve started to run the other way when you see dogs out on walks. Wouldn’t it be nice if, instead of having to...

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Sometimes not including your dog is the kindest option fearful dogs Jul 05, 2020

You love your dog, and want to include her in as many of your activities as possible. But when your dog barks and growls at visitors, having friends or family over can be stressful for both of...

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Introducing Food Puzzles to Your Fearful Dog fearful dogs Jun 29, 2020

Fearful dogs can be highly suspicious of novel objects, and of anything that makes noise or moves unexpectedly. Unfortunately, many food puzzle toys check all of these boxes.

 

Does that mean...

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