Training a Rescue Dog

Here is the rub: I didn't get a dog so he could spend all day cooped up in a house, and  fenced in a yard. Dogs should get to have adventures and explore the world outside of the house.     Leash manners have been a struggle with Banjo since I brought him home....
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Not Quite Yet

There is an Indonesian word for this, it is "Belum". I stumbled along this little tid bit of knowledge during a rather trying time in my life. I used to repeat it like a mantra in my head when I felt stressed, or angry. Well not really, I didn't have to be stressed or...
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Building up Calm Reactions to Distractions

I can teach Mugsy and Banjo all the cool tricks I want, but if Banjo can't calmly watch a hiker pass us, or a cyclist ride by he isn't going to get the life he deserves. Dogs aren't born to live in a house with occasional access to a fenced yard. Dogs are social...
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The Accidental Bed Time Routine

Our Bed Time Routine Every night I open my back door and step outside with my two pups. I give the cue go potty and wait until they are done and then I call them back in. Next I grab two treats and open the puppy gate and say alright it's  "Bed Time". I always use the...
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Dogs Help Keep New Year Resolutions

Before going out and purchasing a Gym membership that will probably only get used the first few months you have it look down at your feet. Is your best friend there just looking at you, asking what to do next? Okay, maybe your buddy is curled up next to you on the...
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Teaching “Leave It”

Teaching Leave It After I had Mugsy dropping a treat on command I established Leave It as don't grab the thing in the first place. To do this. I held a treat in my hand and showed it to Mugsy. I then closed my hand while giving the command "Leave it". Mugsy's first...
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Teaching “Drop It”

"Drop It" is by far one of the most important skills both my dogs have learned. A solid "Drop It" can save a dogs life in the event that they have gotten their teeth into something dangerous, or even just gross. An important lesson I've learn when training my dogs is...
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1 year old, and Still a Puppy

 Today is Mugsy's Birthday. He is one year old, but still very much a puppy. Medium breeds like the Australian Shepherd don't generally mature and calm down by one year. They are still developing and around year old the puppy is very much in it's late teens. Over...
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Teaching “Leave It”

Teaching “Leave It”

Teaching Leave It After I had Mugsy dropping a treat on command I established Leave It as don't grab the thing in the first place. To do this. I held a treat in my hand and showed it to Mugsy. I then closed my hand while giving the command "Leave it". Mugsy's first...

Training a Rescue Dog

Training a Rescue Dog

Here is the rub: I didn't get a dog so he could spend all day cooped up in a house, and  fenced in a yard. Dogs should get to have adventures and explore the world outside of the house.     Leash manners have been a struggle with Banjo since I brought him home....

Not Quite Yet

Not Quite Yet

There is an Indonesian word for this, it is "Belum". I stumbled along this little tid bit of knowledge during a rather trying time in my life. I used to repeat it like a mantra in my head when I felt stressed, or angry. Well not really, I didn't have to be stressed or...

Teaching “Leave It”

Teaching “Leave It”

Teaching Leave It After I had Mugsy dropping a treat on command I established Leave It as don't grab the thing in the first place. To do this. I held a treat in my hand and showed it to Mugsy. I then closed my hand while giving the command "Leave it". Mugsy's first...