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Bark-eology 101

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How-To
How to Choose a Dog Trainer

You should interview your trainer and ensure you align with their methods and feel comfortable with that trainer. There are different types of dog trainers and different types of dog training methods. Trainers should be upfront and honest about all of their methods.

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How-To
How Do I Teach My Dog Their Name?

Whether you have just welcomed home a puppy or a dog, they may not necessarily know their own name so the best way to teach is only by positive associations with that word. You can use the power of positive reinforcement to teach them that this specific word means only good things. 

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How Do I Socialize My Puppy?

When your puppy’s socializing, they’re learning so much and we can definitely help them through that process. Many interactions can often be left alone and monitored, but if there’s excessive fear, bullying, over-arousal or conflict from any pups involved, it’s good to break that up and redirect them on to something better!

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How to Positively Train Your Dog

The first step to starting with positive reinforcement dog training is to find a trainer who is transparent about their methods, continues their education through reputable sources and is comfortable explaining their knowledge and methods throughout the process.

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How to Stop Puppy Teething

Puppy teething is extremely painful for your pup and their gums will be super sore. Their teeth usually start to fall at the 3-4 month mark. Puppy teething usually lasts till about 6 months and you’ll be finding your pup’s baby teeth around the house well before that.

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How to Handle a Reactive Dog

The most important thing in working with a reactive dog is to find the underlying reasons or emotions behind the reactivity. Reactivity isn’t aggression, they are not mutually exclusive. Most commonly we see fear and frustration as the underlying reason your dog may be reacting.

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How-To
How to Leave a Dog Alone

How do you start? When should you start? It’s important that your pup learns some independence and to be alone, because the reality is, there will be times in your pup’s life where they have to be comfortable doing this.

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How-To
How to Desensitize a Dog

Beginning to desensitize certain stimuli while they are young can save you a lot of trouble in the long run avoiding a later anxious or aggressive dog. Start early with your pup. You want your dog to be comfortable with the handling of their feet, legs, belly, tails, ears, and bum.

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How-To
Loose Leash Walking: How to Walk Your Dog like a Pro

Loose leash walking can be one of the most difficult behaviors to teach your dog but fear, not food, is your friend and by food, I mean really high value treats.

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