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Using capturing.

Capturing is the process of marking and reinforcing behaviors that our dogs do spontaneously, meaning behaviors that they do without any kind of prompt.  Capturing is something most of us do whether we mean to or not and it's an important concept to understand when...

What is clicker training?

What is clicker training? Is it worth your time? Should you use it with your service dog? And of course, can you just use your voice? That's what we're talking about in this week's video.  After you watch it, make sure to grab your copy of our free clicker training...

Socialization Part Three: Building Confidence.

Socialization is such a big topic that we decided to break it down into four pieces.  You can read part one and two here: Part One:  What is socialization anyway? Part Two:  When not to let the puppy socialize. Building confidence in our puppies is alwaysa priority...

Socialization part 1: What is socialization anyway?

Everyone seems to know socialization is important, but start asking people what socialization is and you’re likely to get varying answers. It’s introducing a puppy to places, people, and environments.  It’s about getting the puppy used to things. It’s about making the...

My “secret” puppy raising formula.

When it comes to raising a puppy as smoothly as possible there are three steps to my super-secret, super-magical formula. That formula is, drum roll please... Prevent mistakes Reinforce good choices Provide age appropriate mental and physical stimulation It really is...

Building a relationship while teaching manners.

On Friday we brought four puppies into our service dog training program.  Friday night they wouldn't stop biting my bare feet, Saturday it was the hem of my calf length down jacket, Sunday it was the laces on my boots followed shortly by my hands.   We're totally in...