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We are getting so much out of him as he is both smart and well trained…

Our first Bernese Mountain Dog, Macduff, was a wonderful gentle giant from a puppy onwards. We thought that we knew the breed but when we got our new puppy, MacLeod – wow!! We realized that we did not. He stole anything that he could, surfed the counters, ate socks, chewed his way out of his wooden pen – three times! and just generally misbehaved. He was clearly very smart but would not obey any commands and simply pleased himself. We decided to send him to boot camp and turned to Kerry for help.When we got him back after three weeks

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On-Leash Dog Greetings and the Uncomfortable Human

Everyone loves an appropriately behaved dog, right? A dog that can play well with others, a dog that does not jump on guests and a dog that is well adjusted in any scenario you put him in. We as humans sure have our own ideas about what makes our dogs appropriately behaved. We want dogs to do the things that WE want them to do, all the time, every single day. We stop them from doing natural behaviors like sniffing and exploring because we want them to sit and down and stay. To most people a dog that is obedient

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Is a Dog’s Comfort Zone Really That Comfortable?

“Your comfort zone will kill you” I couldn’t agree more. Only after breaking out of your comfort zone, patterns or dependent habits can you truly grow. Dogs practice behaviors that produce rewards as well as behaviors that relieve stress. They may practice aggression BECAUSE it’s a release of stress. It becomes comfortable to do so. It becomes comfortable to just act the way you act, and use your old mechanisms to deal with the things that bother you in life. Even though it may not look like it, a dog’s “comfort zone” can be really uncomfortable: barking, whining, reactivity, restlessness,

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Half of Dog Training is Doing Nothing

Dogs don’t know how to do nothing. They’re really bad at it and they need our help at making them feel like it is a comfortable option. Let’s be real, left to their own devices dogs will make really, really crappy decisions. Even if they are well trained, in the absence of the owner they can make really poor choices. Most dogs do not know how to self soothe in any way. Crate training, place command and obedience commands with duration, teach dogs to control their impulses, regulate their adrenaline, and feel comfortable doing nothing… even when the world around

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Anxiety in Pet Dogs and CBD

Anxiety is probably the biggest emotional issue in pet dogs today. They are anxious for so many reasons: they are not performing job/tasks for what they were bred for, we shower them with unearned affection, we allow too much freedom and not enough structure, we are completely confusing to dogs with our constant talking/fawning over them. Pet dogs live in a world-wind of confusion. Hampton a current board and train student, has lashed out aggressively in many ways. But his barking/biting/lunging is not his “problem” his problem is his anxiety. His anxiety is what’s making him lash out. You can

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The Power Of The Place Command

The “place” command is probably the most posted and talked about command/skill in dog training. Place has all kinds of uses for all different types of behavioral issues. I love place for hyperactive dogs to use as an off-switch for arousal. I will use place as a “safe zone” for extremely fearful dogs. I convince the dog that when they are on the bed no one ever comes over and “pops their bubble”. You can actually transfer that concept of the dog feeling like they have a safety bubble around them, to the outside world and different objects. It’s really

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