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Thing #1 That Dog Moms Must Understand About Their Puppies

Thing #1 That Dog Moms Must Understand About Their Puppies

Dog Behavior, Dog Parent Guide, Puppy Training
When dog moms reach out for help to understand "the thing" about their puppies, they speak from their hearts. They're clear about priorities. Harmony in the family and kindness to the dog. However, they need help closing the gap between achieving harmony and showing kindness. Because it isn't an either/or situation. Although the circumstances for every dog, dog mom, and family are unique, looking at the common threads is a good way to start closing the gap between harmony and kindness. So in order to speak to all of you dog moms, I singled out three common threads, three things, to understand about your puppies and dogs. Thing #1 about your puppy or your dog: Curiosity Dogs are born hardwired to explore.  Mere minutes after birth they're already sniffing out…
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5 Essentials for a Foolproof Dog Training Plan

5 Essentials for a Foolproof Dog Training Plan

Training
A dog training plan is a lot like a plan for a road trip. You already know where you're headed on your road trip. And your GPS told you how to get from where you are now to your destination.  A foolproof dog training plan also works like a GPS to get you to where you want to go.  But you have to know your destination and follow the directions.  If you've been disappointed with your training results in the past, it might be because you jumped into the middle without first having a clear training plan. 5 Essential Questions In order to get reliable results, your foolproof dog training plan (based on modern science) has to first answer 5 essential questions: Where am I now?Where do I want to go from here? How…
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4 Things Dog Parents Must Know to Avoid a Holiday Pet Emergency

4 Things Dog Parents Must Know to Avoid a Holiday Pet Emergency

Dog Parent Guide
A holiday pet emergency that sends you and your family pet to the animal ER clinic is nobody's idea of "comfort and joy"! And yet, during holiday seasons veterinary hospitals see a dramatic rise in emergency visits. Consequently, as dog parents, you must know about the 4 areas of risk to dogs that are unique to winter holiday celebrations. In order to avoid a holiday pet emergency and disruption of family celebrations, be aware of the potential hazards to your dog. Then take the necessary preventive measures. 4 Holiday Hazards Obviously, we view the potential hazards as risks to avoid. However, your dog sees them as curious novelties to investigate. According to one veterinary emergency hospital the 4 common holiday hazards that send pet dogs to the ER in the…
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Dog Moms: What Christmas Gift Does My Dog Really Want?

Dog Moms: What Christmas Gift Does My Dog Really Want?

Dog Parent Guide
When dog moms ask, "What Christmas gift does my dog really want?" the answer is a seemingly endless list of pet industry offerings. Toys of every imaginable description, treats with a list of gourmet ingredients, fancy collars, leashes, beds, and clothing. Do searches for humans have as many choices? Come to think of it, every one of those dog Christmas gift ideas is really designed to persuade dog moms that IT is the perfect answer to the question, "What Christmas gift does my dog really want?" You love your dogs and consider them family members (that's why you're a dog mom instead of just an owner). So, you don't need a Google search to know that what your dog really, really wants isn't just a super-cute Christmas toy. However, let's…
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How Amazing Dog Moms Make Lemonade When Their Dogs Give Them Lemons

How Amazing Dog Moms Make Lemonade When Their Dogs Give Them Lemons

Dog Behavior, Dog Parent Guide
Dog moms make lemonade when their dogs give them lemons. How do 3 dog moms make lemonade when their dogs give them lemons? You've heard that proverbial phrase, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade."  But what if your dog gives you "lemons"? By "lemons" I mean your dog doing stuff like: jumping on you and everybody else, including kids and strangers in public, barking too much at all the wrong times and in all the wrong places, resisting cooperation with normal care like grooming like nail trimming, running around and ignoring you when you call, and pulling on the leash like a freight train so that just going for a walk is a chore. So, how do you transform the "lemons" your dog gives you into juicy sweet "lemonade"? The transformation could look something…
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Attention-Seeking Dogs Aren’t Being Naughty

Attention-Seeking Dogs Aren’t Being Naughty

Dog Behavior, Training
Attention-seeking dogs often resort to clever devices to get what they want.  Although we secretly admire their resourcefulness, dog parents like you and me believe it's in our job description to resist attention-seeking. Why? Because we believe it's naughty. So we'll either ignore the dog or scold the dog. Yet, as we know, trying to "make the dog stop" usually has the opposite effect!  That's because resistance just adds another layer of friction between what we think we want and what we think the dog wants!    Points of Friction In the first video in this series, I covered some of the points of friction that we often experience with our dog companions.  Do any of these examples ring a bell? The dog pulls on the leash and lunges after squirrels.You…
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Dog Training Answer that’s Hidden in Plain Sight

Dog Training Answer that’s Hidden in Plain Sight

Dog Behavior, Training
A dog training answer that perfectly satisfies your question about your dog can sometimes seem hard to find. Yet, what if it were not only easy to find but right there at your fingertips? The video below gives you details, but first, some background. Honestly, have you ever searched for something you really needed, gotten totally frustrated, and then realized that it was in plain sight all along? I guess we've all been there!  That's exactly what I experienced a few months ago. That was when I learned about an exciting dog training answer that made my jaw drop. It seemed incredible that, although this simple approach to human learning has always been around in plain sight, it's been mostly overlooked in dog training.  The Simple Dog Training Answer that Trainers…
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5 Essential Formulas for Every Dog Parent  That Help Ensure a Dog Safe Summer

5 Essential Formulas for Every Dog Parent That Help Ensure a Dog Safe Summer

Dog Parent Guide
A dog parent can help ensure that safe summer adventures outdoors with dogs begin and end with fun for everybody - dogs and humans included. With comfortable late summer weather to look forward to, it's the perfect time to take advantage of the cooler mornings and delightful evenings and include your dog in your outdoor plans. Whether it’s a hike on park trails or a swim in a pool or a nearby lake, you’ll need to consider common-sense safety precautions as you make your outdoor plans. You never want to say at the end of a bad day, “If only I had known…”. These are the topics we'll cover: Cooling dogs down in the heatSigns of heat stress dog parents must knowCritters that bug your dogRules for safe swimmingPlaying safely…
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Does Your Playful Dog Have Hidden Genius for Natural Mischief?

Does Your Playful Dog Have Hidden Genius for Natural Mischief?

Dog Behavior, Training
Hidden Genius... Does your playful dog have a hidden genius for natural mischief? This is a true story: My dog once taught herself how to open the gate in the backyard. To be clear, I assume she "taught herself", because I know I never taught her that genius Houdini trick! (And yet, the dog trainer angel hovering over my shoulder warns "Never assume!") So, has your dog ever taken you by surprise? Made you wonder, "How did she figure that out?" In other words, have you ever wondered why you were surprised at all by your dog's ingenuity at figuring things out? To ask it another way, did my dog open the gate because she dreamed of roaming the neighborhood? I doubt it.  I think she opened it because she wanted to and because she could.  She paid attention, she…
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How to Train a Dog With Mom’s Goldilocks Rule

How to Train a Dog With Mom’s Goldilocks Rule

Dog Behavior, Training
Here's how to train a dog with Mom's Goldilocks Rule. Just like Goldilocks, my Mom was a fan of moderation. "Don't overdo it."  I heard that a lot as a kid. Ah, yes...Moderation... But now I think Mom would be amused to know that I'm passing her Goldilocks Rule along to you and calling it the best advice you'll ever get for how to train a dog. You see when Mom told me not to "overdo it", how to train a dog wasn't what she had in mind. But the more I learned about dogs, the more I appreciated my Mom's Goldilocks Rule. Not too hot.  Not too cold. Just right. Mom's Goldilocks Rule As a quick reminder, the other day I sent you 3 "crazy simple tips" for setting up your…
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