October 9, 2020

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Introduce on neutral territory. It’s best to let dogs become familiar with each other on neutral territory: outdoors. Each dog should be walked separately on a leash, and each walker should have a bag of high-value treats or food broken into small pieces. At first, walk the dogs at a distance of 30′ or more,…

October 9, 2020

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Often, owners unwittingly contribute to dog park dangers because they don’t recognize—or don’t interpret correctly—what their dogs are actually doing and learning. Some of the problems cause difficulties only when dogs are meeting and interacting with other dogs. Others can cause future behavior to deteriorate. And still others directly impact dog/owner relationships. Below is a…

A note from The Thinking K9:  It is important to acknowledge that littermate syndrome can easily happen with puppies that are not littermate at all, as well as puppies raised around other puppies and dogs. It is absolutely critical that all dogs have their own time completely separate from other dogs, to train, play, sleep,…