Canine Life Integration

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Many people want a dog in their lives, but they are not yet ready to integrate that dog into their life. This takes on different meanings for different people. If you just want a family pet, then you take on responsibilities like feeding, veterinarian and health care, and general responsibility for the dog’s actions in the controlled environment of your … Read More

Mankind-Not Just Another Animal

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There are two primary kinds of dogs within the canine kind. The first is the wild dog, wolves, coyotes, foxes, etc. The second are the domesticated dogs. While many of the breeds have been destroyed by those only looking at the outside, the distinction still remains between the wild and domestic dog. But what is it that really separates the … Read More

Consistency

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As Christmas and the New Year approach, what are you doing to prepare yourself and your dog to be better in 2017? One of the defining characteristics of our culture is inconsistency. You can rely on the fact that you can’t rely on anyone to do what they said they were going to do consistently. Well, your dog can help … Read More

One Direction – One Correction

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  I can not tell you how many times I have seen handlers repeat commands over and over to their dogs without giving a correction.  For anyone who deals with dogs in potentially life threatening situations, including search and rescue, this is totally unacceptable. But it should also be the standard for all handlers. Do you want to have to … Read More

You are Giving Commands – Not Suggestions

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We have discussed the concept of building a negative vocabulary with your dog, as well as using communication with your prong collar and a high quality lead to have an obedient and stable dog.  I also recently addressed the misconception that many people have regarding dogs and biting.  But another very important concept to understand is that are giving commands … Read More

What is Negative Vocabulary?

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It is important to understand what we mean when we use certain words.  Each niche has its own vocabulary.  Bird watchers use certain phrases differently than radio operators.  Horse trainers use different words than dog trainers.  So what is meant by “Negative Vocabulary”? Even among dog trainers, you may not have heard this phrase before as I have not heard … Read More

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