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Introducing dogs and setting them up for success

Disclaimer: This post is for well-socialized dogs that don’t have severe dog aggression issues ☺️ My brother-in-law and his wife were coming to town with their five year old border collie cross and we wanted to have our two dogs meet for the first time. We also wanted (of course!) to make sure it went well (spoiler: It went well!) They are both nice dogs with good doggie social skills, but they also aren’t saints – no dog is! In

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Getting started with shaping

At the beginning of February, Betsy and I started an online class taught by Sue Ailsby called “Shaping” Shaping is something that I’d heard a lot about, and I knew the general concept of what it entailed, but for some reason hadn’t ever been interested in trying or learning properly. In retrospect, I have no idea why I felt this way, because shaping is a ton of fun! I wasn’t sure how Betsy was going to react to suddenly being

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Three things I have learned since becoming a dog owner (sorry, no sciencey links to back this stuff up!)

…but I know it’s true! Dogs can wake up on the wrong side of the bed too Some days Betsy is on POINT with her training. Other days she’s a mess. Some days she’s snarky when another dog behaves rudely; other days she is tolerant. If there is a pattern of issues over many days I know there’s a real problem. If it’s a one-off I’m happy to just write it off as a bad day. I’d say for the

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Three videos showing agility training progress

Betsy and I have been doing Agility since September 2014. It’s my first time training a dog in agility, so we both had a big learning curve 🙂 I try to get videos when I can, just to see our progress and cringe over our mistakes! I thought it might be interesting to share a few videos over the last couple of years to show how we’ve come along – both in Betsy’s understanding as well as my own handling.

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Meanwhile, On The Internet (#9)

Love the one you’re with I’m digging this fairly new blog. Lots of interesting posts available to read. This post speaks to me because although Betsy is absolutely wonderful, expectations-vs-reality was definitely something I had to come to terms with, and something I’m sure many dog owners have to deal with 🙂 Play – 8 days worth I love this long video showing 8 days of play training with a young dog! Inspiring and interesting to watch a professional at

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What to do when your dog is scared

When I first got a puppy, it was really important to me that I did absolutely everything right in raising her. Needless to say, despite my good intentions, I did not do a perfect job of it. I tried. I researched a LOT and could rattle off all the “periods” a puppy goes through, how to handle each period, what needs to be done, what critical socialization has to happen… I won’t say I did a totally terrible job. In

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A look back on a year of blogging at doglove.co

It’s February 21st! The anniversary of doglove.co! 😀 1 year of blogging… posting new content not quite as often as I ambitiously hoped, but I did manage to post at least one entry per month, and sometimes two or three. So I’d call that a success 😊 Did doglove blow up and become a darling of the Internet/dog community? Erm, nope. I actually have no idea who, if anyone, reads my posts; for a long time comments weren’t enabled, and

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Homemade puzzle toys

Has anyone else noticed that most commercial puzzle toys for dogs are painfully easy? I don’t know who designs them but either the test subject dogs that try out the products are not all that bright, or the toy designers don’t have test subject dogs at all, or maybe my own dog is some super-genius, but I somehow doubt that. So I am on a quest to make really tough (but not so tough that the dog gives up) puzzle

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Chores and Dog Training at the Same Time

On a rainy weekend morning, when I should have been walking the dog but wasn’t in the mood to go out in the downpour, I decided instead to do a bit of housework in hopes that the weather would change. Betsy, however, was antsy for action, so I decided to involve her in the chores. Her job: Hold a position (down, sit) while I did a bit of work. This ended up being great in a number of ways: 1.

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Meanwhile, on the Internet (#8)

How to Use an “All Clear” in Scent Detection—Lessons from Science A cool article on changing the way scent detection works to improve accuracy of results as well as raise morale for the dogs. Most scent-detection dogs are trained to alert only when they find an odor. […] (if no odor is found) There is no correct response other than to keep working. No wonder the dog gets frustrated! […] I have suggested that if teams trained an “all clear”

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