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Appropriate Play

Appropriate Play

Appropriate Play Managing and training your dog can help prevent inappropriate play which can escalate into aggression. PLAYING WITH YOU Puppies first learn to play with their littermates. Their play consists of a lot of rough-and-tumble activity and tons of play biting. A dog playing in this

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Dogs & Children

Dogs & Children

Dogs & Children Dogs and children can have a wonderful time together with proper guidance and supervision. Left to their own devices, however, safety can become a major issue. Boisterous and loud children can be threatening or overstimulate a dog. Children can hug too hard, pull or

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Leadership

Leadership

Leadership All dogs need owners to provide leadership so they can be well-adjusted and polite family members. Without a leader to provide structure, guidelines and training, dogs may become pushy, out-of-control, prone to tantrums, stressed…you get the general idea. Being a leader does not mean being rough or harsh

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Puppy Socialization

Puppy Socialization

Puppy Socialization New Puppy? Now’s the time to socialize! Puppies socialize much easier than adolescent or adult dogs – so get started! Expose your puppy to a variety of people, animals, sights, sounds, surfaces, places, etc. to insure he develops into a confident, stable adult with a

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Dog Park Etiquette: A Trainer’s Point of View

Dog Park Etiquette: A Trainer’s Point of View

Dog Park Etiquette: A Trainer’s Point of View Over the years at Happy-Go-Lucky we’ve seen countless dogs at play in our daycare (1999-2007) and classes. Our Certified Pet Dog Trainers have spent years observing dog behavior and interactions. From this experience we have put together some tips

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Crate Training

Crate Training

Crate Training Crate training is a wonderful aid for a variety of reasons. It’s helpful for short-term confinement of your dog (up to 4 hours max) when you can’t supervise him. If he’s in his safe, quiet crate relaxing with a stuffed Kong®/chewie, he won’t be practicing

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Exercise

Exercise

Exercise “A tired dog is a good dog.” All dogs need and deserve adequate mental and physical exercise. If their exercise requirements are met, they will be more likely to be happy, healthy and well-behaved. Dogs with an excess of energy can become stressed and/or develop behavioral

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Home Alone Time

Home Alone Time

Home Alone Time Dogs are social animals which can make home alone time difficult. Dogs that cannot manage being left alone are anxious and as a result may be vocal, destructive or have potty accidents inside. Our responsibility is to teach our dogs to cope and relax

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Housetraining

Housetraining

Housetraining When a puppy is with his mother and littermates, he learns to eliminate away from the sleeping area. We can make use of this natural instinct when housetraining our puppies. Your job will be to teach your puppy where and when to eliminate. Careful supervision is

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Playbiting & Mouthiness

Playbiting & Mouthiness

Playbiting & Mouthiness Puppies explore their world and initiate interactions with their mouths. This is normal puppy behavior. When puppies play, they bite one another. If a play bite is too hard, one of the puppies will yelp and stop playing. This teaches the rough puppy to

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