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Training Tips: Potty Training 101

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Nothing can be more frustrating than potty training a puppy or adult dog. However, there are ways to make this process easier on you and your pets. Potty training your dog is one of the most important things you can do.

THE GOLDEN RULE

Keep your dog or puppy confined, controlled and contained at all times during this critical period. That means you should keep them on leash, in a crate, in an exercise pen, or within your immediate supervision and control). You will have to treat your new puppy/rescue dog like an 18 mos old toddler for a few weeks until your pet is fully trained. They should always be safely contained or within your control.

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Training Tips: How to Keep A Dog From Eating Rocks

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Dogs can pick up some interesting habits, and not all of them are funny or healthy. Pica, or "eating things that aren't food" are one of these habits.

Pica is very common in dogs who are bored or who are experiencing nutritional deficiencies due to a poor diet. However, pica is most common in puppies, who prefer to explore everything with their mouths (much as a human toddler). This is one more reason why you should "puppy-proof" your home prior to bringing one home.

Many dogs treat rocks like toys, tossing them into the air, fetching them or carrying them as they run through the yard in hopes someone will chase them. If not taken care of early on in life, it can become a compulsive behavior - one that brings you, the pet owner, a lot of veterinarian bills and grief.

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Why Your Dog May Need A Job: Ruffwear's Singletrak Pack

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Despite our best attempts to complicate dog ownership, dogs (and people) are really very simple creatures. They like to eat, they like to sleep, they like to hunt, they like to play, and they like to feel needed.

The need to feel needed is important. If you don't give them a reason to feel needed, they will create their own reason to feel needed. That could mean aggression, if they choose to be the "defender" of your pack, or anxiety-behavior if they choose to be the "needy" one of the pack. The fact is, if you don't give them a job, you are headed down a rough road.

We recently had the opportunity to check out Ruffwear’s latest day pack, called the Ruffwear Singletrak Pack. Living in the desert, having a dog that can carry their own water is a good thing. It makes my life a lot easier because a dog can go through as much as a person, depending on size and exertion. It’s recommended that a person drink a gallon a day.

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Training Tips: How to Reduce Barking In Public

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We've all had it happen - your dog embarrasses you while you're out and about by barking at another dog, or barking from the window of your car at trucks that go by. This week, we're looking at ways to help you stop that annoying behavior and since I'm not in anyway a trainer, we brought in a professional to help us do it... If your dog doesn’t pay attention to you, or barks at other dogs and/or people, here’s a method that can strengthen your bond with your dog, increase her attention, and reinforce “no barking”. This is not a treatment for aggressive reactivity, it’s for over excited, frustrated, friendly greeters.

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The Many Advantages of Doggy Daycare

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Despite working from home, and being home almost every single hour of every day, we decided to put Brock into doggy daycare for a day a week. "Why would you pay to put your dog into a daycare program," you ask.

Well, let me tell you… Doggy daycare is very much the equivalent of sending your kids off to preschool. They are given the opportunity to meet new friends, they learn social skills that are invaluable to their development throughout life, and they help your pet (or child) develop new skills that challenge and motivate them. However, choose the “wrong” daycare and you could wind up doing the exact opposite. This is why we put a lot of time and thought into researching the best options.

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