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Whistle training your dog

by | Wednesday, February 20, 2013 |

Banshee the Chinook – Photo by Riley Whistle training is really easy and doesn’t take too much time. In its simplest form, all you do is blow your whistle right before giving the verbal command that your dog already understands. I like the two-tone whistles for training because the end with the ball inside is louder and the sound will carry over longer distances.  The opposite end (without the ball) is great for close work and so loud that your dog will be blasted with sound and doesn’t...

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Retriever play training

by | Monday, February 18, 2013 |

Bear – Labrador puppy with tennis shoe. Photo by: Riley When starting puppies on retrieving, use something light and easy to carry like a small dummy or socks stuffed with rags. Don’t throw sticks, play tug-of-war games or train two pups at once letting them compete for the dummy, these practices all promote chewing and hard mouths — things we don’t want to see in pups or adult dogs. Small dummies and socks are easy for pup to retrieve, you won’t be able to throw them too far and they won’t...

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House training your dog

by | Friday, February 15, 2013 |

Going to the bathroom in the house is one of the biggest issues for new puppy owners. You can easily win the battle if you are consistent, patient, use supervision, utilize confinement and reward your pup with scrumptious treats. Remember, you are teaching your puppy where to relieve himself rather than where not to relieve him or herself. One of your first steps is to choose a place that you want your pup to eliminate. Once you have chosen the spot, always take your pup on leash to the...

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Keep ticks off your pets

by | Wednesday, February 13, 2013 |

  Ticks Check your pet’s skin every 24-48 hours and after being in tick infested areas. Ticks need to be attached for 48 hours to spread disease.Remove brush and clear dead leaves from around your house and kennel areas.Use tick prevention like collars, shampoos, powders. (Be sure the prevention is not worse than the disease.) Tick Transmitted Diseases Lyme disease. Caused by the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria, which is carried by the tiny deer tick. Symptoms usually take 2-5 months to...

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