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R+ Training: Using Positive Reinforcement

Girl Rewards Husky with Treat Using R+ Training Image, The Academy of Pet Careers

“All of those positive reinforcement (R+) trainers always use food for training.”…“The dogs won’t work unless they see you have treats.”…“My dog isn’t that food motivated, so R+ training clearly won’t work for us….”   Have you heard these comments?…Have you made these comments?   Let’s take a step back and address these common misunderstandings…

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Speaker Series: Grisha Stewart

Grisha Stewart, Behavior Adjustment Training, The Academy of Pet Careers

  Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT 2.0) Check out the all-new Behavior Adjustment Training information in this Official BAT 2.0 seminar! Fighting is expensive for dogs. Instead of jumping directly into fighting, most dogs give distance-increasing signals, from subtle to overt. But many dogs have also learned to give up on the subtle signals and leap…

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When Your Dog Growls …

Dog Growls to Communicate Image, The Academy of Pet Careers

A stranger approaches your dog, and your dog growls. Your dog is dozing on the couch, and you sit down next to him, startling him awake, and he growls. Perhaps your dog is chewing on a favorite toy or eating his food and a child reaches for the toy or the bowl, and your dog…

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How Much Training Does A Dog Need?

How Much Training Does A Dog Need Image

You’ve decided to train your new (or existing) dog. You’re going to a weekly class. Or you have a trainer coming to your home. Or maybe you’re watching YouTube videos and working on your own. But how much time should you devote to training each day? And how much time should you devote to training…

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Muzzle Training in 8 Simple Steps

Muzzle Training, The Academy of Pet Careers

Teaching a dog to love their muzzle is pretty easy. Just follow the steps to learn muzzle training. 1. Show the muzzle to the dog in one hand and offer tasty treats with your other hand. Once the dog has had a couple treats, hide the muzzle behind your back. Pause for 8-10 seconds and…

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The Benefits of Using a Dog Muzzle

Dog Muzzle, The Academy of Pet Careers

At The Academy of Pet Careers, all students (both grooming and training) learn to acclimate dogs to wearing a muzzle because it’s such an important skill to have. And as a professional trainer and behavior consultant, I believe that every dog should learn to be comfortable wearing a muzzle.   Many people cringe at the…

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Puppy Biting & What To Do About It

Puppy Biting, The Academy of Pet Careers

One of the first things we need to teach our new puppies is how to control the force of their bite. This is known as “bite inhibition”. What’s important to understand is that we actually don’t want to teach our puppy to never put her teeth on us; rather we want to teach her how…

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How To Teach Your Dog Stairs

Stair Training, The Academy Of Pet Careers

Does your dog try to race you up or down the stairs? Do you worry that they’ll trip you and you’ll fall? Would you love it if your dog walked politely with you on the stairs or, if you’re at home, would hold position at the top or bottom until you give them permission to…

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5 Life Saving Skills Every Dog Should Know

Life Saving Skills Every Dog Should Know, The Academy of Pet Careers

I used to say there were four skills that every dog should know. These skills are truly life-saving skills and every dog owner will use these skills at some point during their dog’s life and it will be the thing that keeps their dog alive another day. What are these amazing, life-saving skills? Drop It…

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Join Us: 2018 APDT Conference

APDT Conference 2018 Memphis, TN

Come join us at the annual APDT conference in Memphis, TN (Oct. 17th – 19th) The Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) is the largest organization in the nation that brings together pet trainers of all skill levels. The annual APDT conference hosts many of the countries top training experts. This 3-day event is packed…

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