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The Importance of Training Your Foster Dog

One of the biggest topics I focus on is training your foster dog, regardless of age. I am not talking about getting the dog trained to the point of competition, I am referring to teaching some of the basic commands.  Those will translate into manners. Teaching a dog to sit, lay down, off, leave it…
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Bringing a New Dog Home

 when It doesn’t matter if you are bringing a new dog home as a permanent member of your family or a temporary foster. We have to set these dogs up for success. Decompression Before you can really get started, you need to allow for proper decompression if the dog is older (7 months and up).…
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Multiple Dogs Rules

I get this question a lot for multiple dogs in the home: "I want to allow Fido on the couch, but not the other 4 dogs, can I do that? The answer is yes, but do they deserve it?" House Rules for One or Multiple Dogs Houses need to have boundaries, rules, discipline, structure, and…
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Mixed Messages

Dogs flourish with clarity. Mixed messages lead to trouble. Often times I go into homes where the family is having relationship difficulties with their dogs. This is mostly caused by inconsistency. For example, one person is strict and has the dog working for treats. While another person is basically tossing treats the dog's way just…
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Survivor Dogs

So many of our dogs live in their past because humans keep them there. Humans excuse dog behavior by explaining that the dog is a rescue and was most likely abused. "He's a survivor dog." Let’s just stop right there. Is this possible? Yes, but not all of these dogs were abused. Some of this…
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