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Seems our dog brains rarely power down, and there has to be a depository for all our musings. We hope you enjoy this ongoing collection of our training thoughts, with a bit of CNC news thrown in here and there.

Teach Your Dog to Counter Surf. Perils of a Dog Trainer

I’m here to report that I’ve been doing a stellar job of teaching Cailie (our 7 month old Australian Shepherd) to counter surf. Ok, I can hear you right now saying “What! Why would you ever want to teach a dog to counter surf?” I definitely understand why you ask.

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The Cost of a “Quick Fix”

Many pet stores and dog training websites offer plenty of suggestions on how to stop your dog from _____________. Just  fill in the blank. Many of these suggestions involve what’s billed as a “quick fix.” These so-called “quick-fixes” involve shocking, spraying or other aversive stimulation intended to startle the dog

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The Senior Class. Considerations for a Gray Muzzle.

We’ve recently talked a lot about Cailie, our new puppy. There’s another Australian Shepherd dog in our home, too, and his name is Cody. He’s now almost 12 years of age. Sometimes I wonder, “How did he get that old?” Then I look in the mirror and realize there’s some

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Take Training Off Your To-Do List

You may be shocked to hear a trainer giving you this advice, but I promise you there’s a good reason. I used to ask my clients to schedule five to 10 minutes up to three times each day  to train their dogs. But when I would arrive for the next

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