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Your First Walks with Your New Puppy

Remember that the world is brand new to a young puppy. Consider what human beings are doing at the same comparative age. Do not expect leash walks with a young puppy to look graceful, but do work towards having them be fun for you and your puppy. This is the age when your puppy is learning how he feels about you. If your walks with your puppy are turning into battles, you are risking damaging your relationship with your pup. Continue reading

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Getting out of your breed (or mixed breed) box

It is not unusual for me to hear, “I’m a (fill in the blank with random breed) person.” Many times owners have chosen a breed that is a good fit. However, I also do see owners who choose a breed … Continue reading

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Off Leash Training

Dream of taking your dog on a long hike in the woods off leash or for a run on a beautiful beach? He stays close to you, comes when you call him right away, and you are both having a … Continue reading

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Warm Weather Fun in NoVa

I’m always telling my clients that the more they find ways to include their dogs in their lives doing activities that both they and they dog would enjoy, the more likely that their training efforts will stick over time. All … Continue reading

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The Power of Silly!

The coolest thing about my job as a dog trainer is that every dog is different. There are those dogs that the usual routine doesn’t work for. Then we have to get creative. Some of those challenging canine pupils have … Continue reading

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100% Reliable

Every so often I’ll have a new client request that they would like their dog to be trained so he listens to them “all of the time.” Usually they don’t really mean that literally, they mean they want their dog … Continue reading

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Enjoying your Wild and Wacky Teenage Dog

Do you remember what it was like to be a teenager? I’m sure you can think of many times when your parents thought (or even said) “I never thought you would ever do anything like that!” In thinking back on … Continue reading

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A Barking Nuisance

Fairfax County is adopting a new sound ordinance that impacts pet owners. Barking is normal dog behavior, but excessive barking can be a nuisance and may create problems with neighbors. There are a number of strategies that can help keep … Continue reading

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Welcome Home!

Woohoo! You are so excited and happy, you just adopted a new dog! Time to celebrate, throw a party, take your dog out on the town to meet all of your friends right? Wait–not so fast. Getting a new dog … Continue reading

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Teaching Your Child How to Behave Around Dogs

When I grew up, most of my friends had extensive experience around animals. I didn’t grow up on a farm, I was in a suburban setting. However, there were often stray dogs and loose dogs, we walked to school and … Continue reading

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