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Teach Your Puppy a Trick: “Shake.”

In the Citizen Canine blog on June 12, (Tricks for Trainers) I talked about how instructors could add trick training to their skills and courses. Since then, we’ve had several questions about teaching tricks to puppies. Taking some time to teach your … Continue reading

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Puppies: Submissive Urination

On Sunday, I went for a hike at a nearby park.  As I got back to the parking lot, I noticed a young man with a black Doberman Pinscher puppy who was about 4 months old. The puppy was gorgeous … Continue reading

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Puppies: Critical Period of Socialization

Yesterday we talked about what puppy owners can do while they wait for a puppy class to begin.  Several readers mentioned the importance of early socialization and training. There are actually some critical periods of socialization for puppies. A critical … Continue reading

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10 Signs Your Puppy Needs a Trip to the Vet

People love to interact on dog forums.  For those who have time to “chat” with doggy friends, forums can be a great place to go for information. If there’s one thing that makes me cringe when reading a forum, it’s … Continue reading

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Tips for Housetraining Puppies

Even though we strongly advise against giving puppies as gifts, the Christmas puppies have arrived and we’ve been getting a lot of calls about housetraining.  First off, you need to understand your puppy.  Puppies don’t urinate or deficate to annoy … Continue reading

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What Does Your Dog Chew?

For some reason, last week was the week for calls and emails about puppies.  More than one owner described her puppy’s chewing as “a behavior problem.” Puppies need to chew; it is developmental and similar to teething in human babies. … Continue reading

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Is Your Dog a Social Butterfly?

Proper socialization is the key to owning a well-adjusted pup who enjoys meeting new people.  Well-socialized dogs are happy and easy to control.  They give a good impression to others and make the people they meet feel that they are … Continue reading

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