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  • Letter To the Editor: Readers Digest

    In the April 2010 issue of Readers Digest, in the Ask Laskas section, Jeanne Marie Laskas gave some advice to the owners of a couple dogs with a barking problem! After reading the question and the responding advice it made me ponder why some dog training...

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  • Sit Part 3…Signal & Cue!

    Now you have to decide which verbal cue or hand signal you will be using for “sit”. As with all of my training, I focus on hand signals first! Remember, DOGS DON’T SPEAK ENGLISH! I simply modified the luring movement of my hand with the treat, to...

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  • Sit Part 2….How it’s done and using a clicker!

    OK, at this point you know that a polite “sit” is the way your dog asks for something or says please. Now for the big question, how do we teach sit? Well, we know that “sit” is when a dog puts his/her rump on the ground, right? So, let’s use...

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  • Emergency Whistle… Recall 103

    Ok, now you have a dog who is recalling to their name on a regular basis, and quite frankly, you are pretty darn proud of you self, until…Yep it happens to all of us, the dog gets too far away or something really interesting pops up, like that squirrel...

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  • The Three D’s – The “Big” One “DISTRACTION”

    Now for the third “D”, the one that is typically the root of all evil when it comes to problem behaviors…DISTRACTION! As you can probably guess on your own, Distraction is the hardest issue for people who own dogs. Ironically, it is also the biggest...

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  • Soccer Team And Shock Collars

    OK I try and share this video about once a year to show through humor and visual proof... That yes e-collars are painful... I am not throwing rocks at glass houses, and truly believe that there are no bad tools in dog training but there are plenty of...

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  • Will I Always Have to Use Treats?

    This is a common question that rarely gets a complete answer, and to give you the best answer, this post will be a little heavy in terms and psycho-babble…I’ll apologize up front, but I have a BA in Psych from KU (Rock Chalk!) So, training in a positive...

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  • Teaching a Dog That Touch is Good :-)

    OK had a client this morning with a Jack Russel Adult that would get overstimulated when getting pets and then very quick get frustrated and growl (no biting but scary to the owners and I am sure for those doing the petting)... Many of you know I am the...

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  • Could Spaying and Neutering Dogs Affect Aggression???

      This is why research is so important!!!   OK, many years ago we had a huge problem here in America with unwanted pets and irresponsible breeding of dogs... This led to over populations in our shelters and massive loss of life from having to put...

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  • POTTY TRAINING PART 3 (Bells and cleaning up messes)

    This post will discuss how to clean up accidents, when they do occur and how we train our dogs to use bells to tell us they have to go outside! Make sure that you clean any accidents quickly and thoroughly; if not the dog may go back to the scent, using...

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