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How Training Deepens the Bond With Your Puppy

By now, you’ve probably heard of the human-animal bond. We touched on it a bit, here-and-there, in previous posts. But, let’s really talk about what it is and how training deepens the bond with your puppy. HABRI (the Human Animal Bond Research Institute) has best described the human-animal bond as follows: “The human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and animals that is influenced by behaviors that are essential to the health and well-being of both. This includes, but is not limited to, emotional, psychological, and physical interactions of people, animals, and the environment.” Source After studying the human-animal bond from a scientific standpoint as well as observations both from afar and close-up, I can firmly...

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Hurray, Your Puppy Turns One Year Old 🎂

Doesn’t it seem just like yesterday that you brought home your adorable, little puppy who could barely coordinate his legs to walk? Who, with his tiny, yet sharp, puppy teeth chewed a hole in your leather sandals. Who had you getting up at all hours of the night, scooping him up to go “p-o-t-t-y” outside, only to find that, really, he just wanted to play. With every day you have spent with your puppy over the last 10 month or so, you’ve fallen more madly in love with him. And today… Hurray, your puppy turns one year old! Does This Mean Your Puppy Isn’t a Puppy Anymore? Oh heavens, no! Your puppy will always be your sweet puppy. But, depending...

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Selecting the Right Leash to Train Your Puppy

Leashes are a lot like training shoes for children. In the beginning, when your children are first born, shoes serve the purpose of keeping little baby feet warm. Made out of soft, pliable material, baby shoes aren’t made for walking. More for outfit coordination and tootsie warming. Same thing for puppies. At first, a puppy doesn’t really get the whole ‘leash thing.’ A leash is more of a chew toy that is connected to you! Here’s how to select the right leash to train your puppy.  The point of a leash, or should I say, the points for having a leash is to help keep your puppy safe, and to help teach your puppy how to interact with the things...

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Are Gates and Crates Really Necessary When Training a Puppy?

One of the most adorable things about a new puppy, beyond their puppy smell, is their curiosity. Everything is new to a puppy, even sounds. Isn’t it just the best when you make a new or surprising sound, and in response your puppy tilts his or her head in just the the cutest way. Curious about where that noise came from and what it means! Puppies are like small children. Curiosity, exploration and adorableness are at level 10 with puppies and children. While babies take some time to get their ‘sea legs,’ puppies come pretty well prepared for zooming about your house. And, they often do just that. Leaving a wake of concern and likely a mess in their wake....

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Two Delicious and Nutritious DIY Training Treats

When it comes to help with training your puppy, our #12weekpuppychallenge is your go-to resource, without a doubt. We pack a lot of training in 12 weeks - just the right amount and pace to keep your puppy entertained and challenged without feeling frustrated or fatigued. The steps we outline are designed to create a solid foundation for you to use as building blocks to further your pup’s training. But, you will definitely need to supply treats to encourage your dog’s willing compliance throughout the 12 weeks. Treats go a long way in that regard.  While you could buy pre-packaged dog treats for training, why not make some yourself? The pros of making your pup’s treats are ingredient control, quality...

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