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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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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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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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Laila, the dog I never wanted, the dog that I struggled to love, the dog I wanted nothing to do with, led me to learn more about dogs and dog training than I ever imagined I would.  Her outbursts, disappearing acts in the woods, propensity to chase after large animals, and inability to train using …

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When I worked with my trainer, Kindred Dog PDX, I learned a ton of super helpful loose leash walking tips that have changed the way I think about dog walks that made a huge difference in my outings with Sitka. If you’ve ever had a dog that has pulled during walks (and let’s face it, …

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