By Barbara Smith CPDT-KA, Owner- The Thinking K9, LLC Lures Lures are a valuable tool to use in dog training. They can accelerate the learning process, as well as give us a valuable tool to help our dog into positions without resorting to physical manipulation which can cause joint and muscle damage. However, it is…

By Barbara Smith CPDT-KA, Owner- The Thinking K9, LLC It is important to first differentiate between mouthing, biting, and aggression. Mouthing is when a puppy or dog grabs our extremities with their mouth, without the intent to do harm. Mouthing usually doesn’t cause injury and is not a sign of aggression in dogs. Mouthing is…

Over the course of the Puppy Starlet class, we will discuss many aspects of puppy raising, including socialization, obedience, puppy care, and management techniques. Socialization Proper socialization is the key to ensuring your puppy is confident and well adjusted for life. You have a very brief widow, from 2-6 months, to take advantage of the…

Tips to Teach Loose Leash Walking. By Pennie Leigh. Published by AKC AKC GoodDog Helpline Trainer Erin Rakosky shares two of her favorite exercises for encouraging your dog to walk politely by your side – not pulling ahead, dragging you along on the walk! It’s a nice evening outside, and you and Fido are getting…