No Chasing the Horses

Niro, A German Shepherd Dog, Plympton, MA Niro’s  owners reached out for help because they didn’t want him to be out of control with their horses like his predecessor.   So once Niro started demonstrating unsolicited herding skills, they knew they needed help. Getting kicked by a horse was no laughing matter, especially for Niro. We got to work right away on obedience training along with incorporating a protocol to teach self control while being in the presence of the horses. I am over the moon with the success this family has had teaching this handsome boy that there is enough space for all the family members and what mom says, goes! So proud of you handsome. I had all the faith in...
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Smart Little Girl

Mini, a Bichon Frise/Shih Tzu Mix, Plymouth, MA Mini’s mom contacted me because there were a few annoying things going on that the family wanted to finally resolve.  Sound familiar? I am so proud of this family for wanting to do the work and not let their “little dog” get away with murder anymore like most small dogs do. She might be small but this little girl is a smart cookie.  She took to training like she always knew how to do it but just wanted to keep her owners in the dark for fun. My Mighty Mini.  If she turns up missing, I swear I had nothing to do with it!!!! My little...
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The Growing Pains of Puppyhood

Cooper, Goldendoodle, Scitute, MA Cooper’s family reached out to me because they had forgotten how much work having a puppy was.  It had been a long time since they had one. Cooper’s troubles were simply being a puppy and not knowing what was acceptable and what wasn’t living with humans. In his defense, how else was he supposed to get any attention if he didn’t jump up and demand it? Or use his family to chomp on?  After all, the toys got boring after a while.  Chewing on hands seemed to be a lot more fun and tastier. So we got to work and I’m happy to report that Cooper is a happy puppy who has learned so much, especially how to behave around humans! He is the sweetest boy who just loves everyone and everything. Nice teamwork guys!...
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The Importance of Canine Socialization

  The Importance of Canine Socialization       Let’s talk about socialization or the lack there of. As a dog trainer, the most common issue I see are dogs that lack socialization with other dogs and people, which is very sad when you know how unnatural it is for them to be anti-social. Dogs are pack animals with a strong need for social structure, which is an innate quality inherited from their ancestry to wolves. I’m sure you’ve heard the expression, “you can’t fight the genes.” This statement couldn’t be truer when talking about dogs and their need to engage with people and other dogs. The “Socialization Period” for dogs starts between 8-16 weeks of age.  It is a once in a lifetime natural window when social relationships develop as well as being sensitive to psychological trauma.  This period is also known as the “Cutting Age”, cutting teeth and cutting strings, which means they are growing up and their natural instinct to explore new stimuli starts to develop.   In short, it’s not about you anymore.  Yes, you are still the center of their universe but there is also a whole new world out there waiting to be discovered and they’re ready. Once your puppy is fully vaccinated and you have a clean bill of health from your vet, start introducing your puppy to as much as possible and as carefully as possible.  Remember that dogs are very impressionable at this age, so avoiding negative experiences is just as important as having positive experiences.  It is a time when things can be overwhelming for your pup.  For instance, taking them to a fireworks display is a no-no or anything your dog will perceive as intimidating or frightening.  A traumatic experience can haunt them for the rest of their life.  Use common sense and be responsible. If you are starting from the beginning with your dog, it is important to introduce them to other dogs and people during this time period.  If you have other dog(s) in your home, they don’t count because they are family.  Your dog needs to meet and play with other dogs too, particularly other puppies.  By doing so you are ensuring your dog will grow up to be dog friendly.   The same is true with people.  They should be introduced to lots of people including all ages of children. If you happen to have...
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There’s Always One in Every Family

Mr. Bentley, Boxer, Pembroke, MA Mr. Bentley’s owners contacted me because, although he is their 5th Boxer, Bentley is not like the others.   How often have dog owners made that same statement? Because Bentley’s owners are older, they needed more control over him given his strength.  Knowing how to work under threshold is key.  So back to basics we went. Revisiting what he already knows in obedience and working it on a daily basis will give his owners the upper hand with this powerful boy. Now they are experiencing what it is like to go on a nice walk even when the distractions are at their highest, especially with other dogs. Bentley’s mom is especially happy to be able to walk her boy herself in public. Nice...
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