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Six Great Uses for an Invisible Dog Fence

Your dogs’ safety is your number one priority, and keeping them safe means keeping them at home. If you have a yard for them to enjoy, how do you ensure they stay in it? Tethering them with a leash or chain is unsafe, and not everyone can afford an expensive traditional fence. Have you ever considered getting an invisible dog fence? Besides the fact that the total invisible fence cost is very low, there are many other reasons you might be interested in getting one.

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A Great Power Point on Canine Body Language!

If you are interested in learning more about how dogs communicate then this is a great power point designed for you.    Go ahead and print it out, make notes, write in experiences you’ve had and see what triggers your dog.  Many times we think we know what is going on in our dog’s head and this will give you confidence in knowing more about how your dog is feeling when exhibiting certain behaviors.

What are the most important signs to look for?

What is it about a look that a dog gives me that lets me know how he is feeling?

http://www.bluedogtraining.com/forms/Canine_Body_Language_with_Stress_and_Arousal.pdf

Thank you BlueDogTraining.com for this great information!

Book Review: Bones Would Rain From the Sky by Suzanne Clothier

Here is a book that anyone who has ever enjoyed a connection with animal, whether it was simply making eye contact with a wild bird for a fleeting instant or living life with multiple pets, will enjoy and learn from. This is a book about understanding dogs and helping people deepen their relationships with their own canine companions. In it Suzanne not only allows the reader to have confidence in their intuition, she demonstrates how listening to ‘the still small voice’ leads to a relationship based on trust. In dog training it is easy to believe that your dog should do everything you ask. It is funny how we get a dog for a relationship but so often when we train force and science take over. We all know that relationships are two way roads with give and take. When on a date do you demand certain behaviors? Do you expect your partner to do the dishes everyday whenever you happen to ask? Just like we have respect for other people, Suzanne explains, if we respect our dog’s needs we will be on the right track for learning the dance steps that express our foundational desire to love and be loved. Listening to your dog will prevent breaking his trust. It will allow you to both become more in tune with each other resulting in a harmony that speaks of your childhood dog, the one you never had to ‘train’, the one that just understood you, a dog that you love and loves you without restraint…

How do you train your dog to obey without a bribe?

Isn’t this what we all want? Trainers recommend using treats, toys, affection, play drive, pain and fear to get our pets to do what we ask. Is there such a thing as a dog that wants to do what we ask? All dogs need different levels of motivation but how do we actually build a relationship?

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Here is a link that describes the different methods used in training. This page explains positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement, positive punishment, negative punishment, flooding, luring, extinction etc.

Here is a link to Silvia Trkmas’s training philosophy. My favorite is “9. dogs work best when they work for themselves. Don’t ask them for a favour to work with you. Make them ask you for a favour to work with them.” Watch some of her videos on youtube and you will see why she is a 2 time world champion / 12 time world team member in agility.

I’m going to post videos as I find them to this blog. Please leave feedback and tell us what you do!
Here is a video of Ian Dunbar explaining how to fade out treats so luring doesn’t turn into a bribe:

How to deal with bad habbits

Here is an awesome video from Kikkopup (a dog trainer with tons of great videos on youtube.com) that shows you how to deal with behavior that you would like to stop. Dogs love to do things we don’t want them to do and here is a great way to make sure that you aren’t inadvertently reinforcing bad behaviors or teaching your dog that he can’t trust you.

What do you think about these methods? Have you tried them? Do you think it will take longer for your dog to understand using these methods? Do you think that your dog would respond better using a method like this?

The Importance of finding a puppy from a ‘reputable’ breeder (if you decide not to rescue)

There are as many definitions of a ‘good’ breeder as there are breeders. What do you think?
[poll id=”5″] Assuming that the breeder has done their homework and bred dogs who are healthy and have sound temperaments, the most important and time consuming part of breeding is properly taking care of the puppies.
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Mississippi’s Adams County tries a new way to handle dangerous dogs

In a city called Natchez there have been problems with dogs. Not just dogs pooping on other people’s lawns, but big, mean, dogs roaming around and keeping children from being able to play out side. Parents make phone calls and complain, but if the dog isn’t a stray then it can’t be picked up by animal control. Continue reading Mississippi’s Adams County tries a new way to handle dangerous dogs