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Invisible Fence Training for Australian Shepherds

Posted on Nov 3, 2013 in Blog, Pet care, Training | 2 comments

The stages of invisible fence training are incredibly important. It can be detrimental to progress to quickly or slowly. Pay attention to your dog and adapt the advice I’ve listed so that it suits your situation.

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Update on how to train your dog to stop barking

Posted on Jul 21, 2013 in Blog, Training | 15 comments

There is a point when a dog comprehends what you are asking and you can see that understanding in their eyes. For Sydney, the difference in her face is huge! Her crazy, wild-eyed look became soft, more focused and cooperative once she understood the routine.

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How to train your dog to stop barking

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 in Blog, Training | 39 comments

Dogs ‘talk’ in different ways than humans, but the goal is the same: Communication. Humans use words and intonation to convey meaning while dogs use different sounds (i.e. whines, barks, etc). With a dog that barks excessively, it can be easy to feel that the dog is barking just to annoy its owner or that it is barking for no reason. In fact, barking might seem like manipulation: They don’t get what they want, they bark incessantly, you give up and poof, they win. However, just as with people, different situations stimulate their desire to bark.

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Sydney adjusts to her new home

Posted on May 23, 2012 in Behavior, Blog, Pet care, Training | Comments Off on Sydney adjusts to her new home

I cannot imagine what it would feel like to give up your beloved pet. I guess the part of Sydney’s story that makes it less sad is that her owners knew (or hoped) that she was going somewhere that was better for her. Witnessing her owners say goodbye was difficult and made me very grateful for the relationship I have with Trooper.

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Make it failure proof

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 in Behavior, Blog, Training | 1 comment

Having a high intelligence breed has occasionally made me raise my expectations and believe that my dog should be perfect. If my Aussie can learn a new trick in under a minute, why can’t he understand that I don’t want him to drink out of the toilet? Shouldn’t he be able to differentiate between actions I would praise and actions I would scold?

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Clicker Training for Dogs – Name Game & More

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 in Blog, Training | Comments Off on Clicker Training for Dogs – Name Game & More

Clicker training works on a variety of animals. However, as dogs are man’s best friend, they tend to be incredibly eager to please and therefore respond well. In fact, learning how to use clicker training for dogs is a great way for humans to learn as well.

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Australian Shepherd Clicker Training – Getting Started

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 in Blog, Training | Comments Off on Australian Shepherd Clicker Training – Getting Started

Basic obedience class was fun and simple enough, but the real training addiction did not set in with Trooper until he and I started doing clicker training. The reason this small tool was so invaluable was because it created a never-changing signal noise to mark desired behavior. And work dogs love understanding what their lead dog (you, the owner) desires.

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