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Dog Training & Behavior Tips

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Abby, “I am sitting perfectly. Could I get my food now, please?”

If you want to start your puppy or newly acquired dog on the right path, these are some of the things I recommend pet parents to do:

  • Start working on training and behavior modification as soon as you get your dog
  • Set rules and boundaries so your dog knows what is not acceptable
  • Be consistent and give clear instructions
  • Provide your dog with adequate physical and mental exercise
  • Get the whole family involved in raising this puppy/dog
  • Give structure to his every day life
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Abby, “Wow! So many things to see and smell.”

One thing, I’ve realized after training a variety of dogs, many pet parents forget to do is expose their dogs to different environments, people, sounds, etc.  Abby is sensitive to sound just like many other dogs therefore she goes everywhere I can take her.

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Some pet parents have told me, “I don’t know why she doesn’t behave.  She went through 2 obedience classes.”  Well, the answer is simple, training was provided, but behavior modification was not.  Training and behavior modification is a lifelong commitment and process, but take my word for it, the bond you develop with your dog and the enjoyment you’ll get from living with a balanced canine companion is priceless.

Alex’s Furry Friends: Milo and Bella

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We had a couple of days off and I was determined to take Alex for an outing to Annapolis, but it just did not happen.  I’d have to say totally la mia culpa.  I promised to make it up to her the next time she is the only kid at home:)

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These 2 beautiful canine specimens are Milo and Bella.  Our walks with them are shorter because Pugs can overheat very easy, and because they have a short-muzzled face making it a bit harder to breathe.  By the way, I am not saying not to walk Pugs.  Au contraire, walk your pug, but be aware of the weather, your pug’s age, health, level of activity, etc., and if unsure about what to do, please contact your vet for guidance.