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Puppy Training Log Week 38 -- Rally READY!!!

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Puppy Training Log: More Distractions

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She's getting so much better with distractions. Like any dog, the answer for problems with distractions is to just keep plugging away at it!

Puppy Training Log Week 26: "Generalization"

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Did everyone see last week's training video of Halo? Wasn't she just GORGEOUS? Fluent, happy, willing, accurate. So she's trained, right?

Ha! Wrong! Not yet! There's more!

In the dog training world, there's something called "Generalization." Generalization basically means that, if the dog learns something in one environment, it's not a given that it can repeat it in a different environment.

Puppy Training Log: Week 25

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Puppy Training Log Week 15

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Puppy Training Log: What to do with the "Bad"

This video is Halo working in the backyard for the first time. What do you think about it? Not too pretty, huh? This is where a lot of people get really disenhearted. All that practice! And then it doesn't look as awesome!

Puppy Training Log: Week 14

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Puppy Training Sneak Preview: "Weaning off Treats"

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In my Beginning Obedience Level 1 class, on the last night I always teach some simple exercises to "wean dogs off treats" (the technical term is "reducing reinforcers" or "substituting reinforcers.") I'd always say this with a disclaimer, something like "I'm giving you this information not because I think that your dogs are necessarily ready for it, but because I know that some of you are going to jump the gun and start doing it anyway!

How to Be on "Puppy Time"

New puppies are fun -- and they can be overwhelming!

I often hear new puppies being compared to new human babies, and the time and care demands can feel the same -- as well as the exhaustion resulting from late-night wake-ups! But a dog's puppyhood doesn't last as long as a baby's "babyhood." In just a few weeks things should start to settle down, and in a couple of months your household will be more or less back to normal, as everybody adjusts!

So if you're feeling overwhelmed by a new puppy, take heart -- and here are some tips for how to best cope.
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