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7 Tips for Finding a Professional Dog Trainer

Working with a professional dog trainer after I adopted Sitka was one of the best decisions I made for the both of us.  I felt resistant at first because I believed that needing to hire a professional meant that I had failed. However, I realized that I had plateaued with my knowledge and wasn’t reaching …

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The Prong Collar: An Amazing Dog Training Tool When Used Correctly

Like many, I learned about balanced dog training and the use of aversive tools like the prong collar and e-collar after exhausting the use of positive reinforcement only training with a challenging dog. Prior to using them, I misunderstood how the tools work, due to widespread misinformation about their usage. After talking with many friends, …

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9 Tips for Introducing a Nervous Dog to Other Dogs and People

If you have a reactive or nervous dog, it can make life a bit more challenging. It can be especially stressful when it comes to introducing your nervous dog to other dogs and people. I have always had reactive dogs and have a very soft spot for them. They have taught me everything I know …

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7 Helpful Tips for Hiking with a Dog with Leash Reactivity

Hiking with a dog that has leash reactivity can be extremely frustrating. From owners who do not obey leash laws to those who allow their dogs off leash with no recall, finding safe spaces to enjoy the outdoors with your dog takes work, skill, and planning. Other dog owners may tell you that your dog …

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5 Essential Dog Training Commands I Use Daily

Teaching a few basic dog training commands right off the bat goes a long way in terms of obedience, relationship building, and leadership. The biggest keys to success for teaching these essential commands is consistency, clear communication, and accountability. Working with your dog daily will result in better proficiency with obedience. For example, I set …

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9 Reasons to Say No to On-Leash Greetings + What to Do Instead

Many dog owners have the idea that meeting every dog you pass during a walk is an essential part of dog socialization.  It is not. On-leash greetings are actually the opposite of what you want to do. Rather, they are a great way to cause fights, reinforce poor behavior, and damage the bond between you …

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8 Amazing Dog Trainers to Follow on Instagram

Over the years, I have learned much of what I know about dogs from my favorite social media platform, Instagram. When I was struggling with Laila’s training, I was introduced to the world of balanced training for dogs, and began to look for dog trainers to follow on Instagram in order to absorb all that …

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17 Things to Do When You Bring Home a New Dog

The first day you bring home a new dog is exciting, especially if this is your first dog. I’ve learned so much about dogs since Sora and have completely changed how I behave around my dogs, especially during those first few weeks. As exciting as the new family addition is, remember that your dog is …

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