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What Dog Training Really Is

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA A trainer friend, Ginger Alpine (Fortunate Fido) said this years ago and it’s stuck with me. “Training isn’t something we do to our dogs. It’s something we do with them.” I love Ginger’s wisdom. And, I love … Continue reading

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The Benefits of a Group Setting for Puppies

Guest Blogger – Kevin Duggan, CPDT-KA  A group class is a wonderful place to bring your puppy for multiples reasons. The biggest reason is socialization. Second on the list is learning in an environment that has distractions. Third up is … Continue reading

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Begin with Wonder

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA Life with our dogs can be confusing sometimes. Life in general can be confusing. It’s true. The world is crazy. Our dog seems crazy. Maybe I’m going crazy. He’s growling. I’m yelling. We just want the bad … Continue reading

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The Hurricane Dog Training Challenge

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA Hurricane season ends November 30th, and not a moment too soon. This season was particularly brutal, with three major hurricanes hitting U.S. shores in less than a month. The most impactful for us in Houston, of … Continue reading

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Meditation and Dog Training

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA When I was a child I imagined I could communicate telepathically with my dog, Casper. I wanted to know what he was thinking and what he was trying to say to me, so I imagined it. … Continue reading

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How We Feed Our Dogs Can Make Them Smarter

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA Feeding our dogs from enrichment toys, toys that dispense food, can actually make them smarter. It definitely seems to make them happy. Puzzling out the food inspires activity and thought. A lot of trainers liken it to the … Continue reading

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Breathing for Dog Trainers

We are under pressure. Our dog’s behavior is dangerous. We need to change it. We’re in a hurry. We have no time. The only comfort we have, if there is any to be found, is that we are not alone. So … Continue reading

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Five Training Fouls to Avoid

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT We do our best teaching (training) when we set our dogs up to succeed. We make it easy for our dogs to get it right – to perform the tasks we want to reinforce. Once we build … Continue reading

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The Allure of Punishment

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA I’ll start with a bold statement of my opinion. It is normal for us humans to feel compelled to punish our dogs when they do something we don’t like. Normal. Punishment, by definition, makes the behavior … Continue reading

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What Panting Means (Not All Panting is the Same)

By Guest Blogger Lore Haug DVM MS DACVB We all know dogs pant for thermoregulation. But panting can provide information about the dog’s emotional state as well. Dogs pant when under heat or physical stress or psychological stress. Panting also … Continue reading

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