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Mar 2016

Imagine yourself taking a walk, minding your own business, enjoying your day. Then you encounter a guy running straight towards you, shouting and getting right in your personal space, possibly even touching you. How would this make you feel? You probably wouldn’t like it, you might even react in a way you normally wouldn’t just to get the guy to back off. off leash training Now replace yourself with your dog, and the guy with an off leash dog. See where I am going with this? It would be nice to be able to walk my......

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11
Feb 2016

With the extreme cold weather, it’s not ideal to be out for long walks. If you have a high energy dog though that can be a problem with keeping your sanity. I like to change it up with the games we play, so we aren’t always playing fetch. The flirt pole is a fantastic way to train while playing and burning energy.  All you need is a lunge whip for horses (can pick one up at your local tack shop or Tractor Supply Co-op), and a toy to tie to the end.......

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Jan 2016

Dog training hamilton, ontario Who wouldn’t want to have a happy dog? I mean we love our pets as if they were our own kin, but do we really know how to make them happy? Most people think love and affection is all you need. WRONG, so wrong! While our dogs do crave our affection it certainly should not be the first thing you give them. Check out below the 10 ingredients to having a happy dog (and in turn happy you!). I suggest taking a look at your current arrangements and......

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19
Jan 2016

When training your puppy or dog, the tool you use should be efficient and effective. The way you use the tool should be clear, consistent, and humane. While I am not going to discuss any one specific tool, know that we use a variety of training collars when training a dog. The only tools we do not use are harnesses (of any type), or regular flat buckle collars. Of course we do have our preferences, but that is not the point of this post. When training your dog you should be using your......

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18
Jan 2016

House Training Your Puppy in just 4 easy steps! When it comes to house training your puppy, the most important thing you need to remember is to be patient and consistent. House training can be very simple if you follow these steps. If you skip any steps, know that you are going to slow down the process and you may see a delay in training. Also remember that puppies are puppies, and they will make mistakes as will you. If your training is going well and your puppy makes a mistake, take......

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15
Jan 2016

Puppy Socialization What is puppy socialization? Recently I shared an article explaining my hate for dog parks. OK, hate might be a strong word…more like my strong dislike for dog parks. If you read the article you will understand why I dislike them so much (if you did not read it here it is http://www.kdmathews.com/-bark-blog/just-say-noto-dogparks). When people get a new puppy or dog, everyone says “oh you have to socialize them right away”. Somehow, somewhere the definition of socialization turned into taking your dog to the dog park to be around as many dogs......

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04
Jan 2016

Happy New Year! Have you thought about your New Year’s Resolutions yet? Maybe your dog needs a resolution too? Pulling on leash? Jumping on guests? Excessive barking? Begging at the table? Not listening? If this sounds a little too familiar then it might just be time to make a joint resolution with your dog. While we hope training becomes an all year thing for you and your dog, why not take this opportunity to start the year off right? We have a variety of options when it comes to training to suit......

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10
Dec 2015

Dog Training the Reactive Dog Reactivity while on leash is incredibly common. There are a lot of factors that come into play causing the reactivity, but in the end people just want to be able to walk their dog without having to avoid passing other dogs. The below video was taken at our Adult Group Class at Temple of the Dog in Beamsville, Ontario. Two of the dogs are dog reactive and one has shown some signs of dog aggression. After working through these issues we have calm happy dogs! If you......

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Nov 2015

One conversation I am consistently having with clients is on the topic of crating. For the record, I am PRO crating! All three of my dogs are crated during the day while we are not home. Not one of them is upset or stressed about being in their crate. Why do I believe in crate training? Safety – We are responsible for the safety of our dogs. When we leave a young dog or an active chewer uncrated and unattended, we are being irresponsible. Your dog could get into something that is poisonous......

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20
Nov 2015

Easy Dog Training Tips One of the first things I always tell my clients is that they don’t necessarily need to set aside a certain amount of time for training their dog each day. What they do need to do is start incorporating the exercises I teach them into their everyday life. This not only saves clients time, because lets face it, the main reason people fail at training their dog is because they “don’t have the time to train every day”, but it also establishes real world training rather than a......

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