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Sniffaris

Sniffaris

Your dog needs a chance to stop and smell the roses. (And the bushes and the grass and the dog pee…) So often, walks are about going somewhere at a human’s pace. Sniffaris are all about letting your dog lead the way and set the pace.   These are a great...
Management for Separation Anxiety

Management for Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety can be a true challenge for both dogs and their people. Here are some steps you can take to help your dog before and during their separation anxiety program.   Reduce or Eliminate Home Alone Time Every time your dog panics when she’s left...
The Bowl Game

The Bowl Game

In this game, you and your dog walk down a line of “bowls”, advancing only when your dog looks at you. It’s very simple and very useful!   You’ll teach her the game first, then you’ll start to use it around your dog’s trigger(s)!   Playing the...
Cooperative Nail Trims

Cooperative Nail Trims

Your dog can learn to actively participate in his nail trims! Because he is choosing this behavior on his own, it can make him much more comfortable and willing to have his nails done.​ Set Up Choose a well-lit location where you will always do his nails. This is a...
The Chain Game

The Chain Game

This is a great game for helping your dog learn to do multiple behaviors in a row for one reward! It also flexes those self control muscles.   You’ll need some low-value treats and some medium to high-value treats.   Step 1: Low-Value Chain Have your low-value treats...
Mat Training for Cooperative Care

Mat Training for Cooperative Care

A mat is a fantastic tool for cooperative care training! It gives your dog a way to say “Yes, I’m ready!” or to say “I need a break.” Eventually, your dog signals this by getting on or off the mat. Your mat can be a way for you to make your training portable and bring...
Tell Touch Treat

Tell Touch Treat

Many adult dogs develop a fear of being handled at the vet, groomer, and even at home. This means they might try really hard to avoid being touched or even aggress. Here’s how to maximize success and minimize stress as you help your dog feel better about being...
The Zoomies

The Zoomies

Many puppies and teenage dogs have a “witching hour” where they get REALLY active REALLY quickly! They sprint around like they just discovered running, sometimes mouthing and grabbing at anything they can. We call this behavior “the zoomies”...