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Teaching your dog their lefts from their rights

This is a skill that Betsy had to learn for agility but it makes a good trick for any dog. In agility it’s important that a dog knows left from right without any hand signal. If you know anything about dog training, dogs are MUCH better at visual cues vs verbal cues, so it’s always a bit trickier to teach something on a word alone, but it can absolutely be done. Just a bit more practice πŸ™‚ The key to

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Meanwhile, on the Internet (#10)

Are there behaviour changes in spayed or neutered dogs? and Neutering Causes Behaviour Problems in Male Dogs I found these articles interesting (especially the latter) because I feel like it is very very common to encourage dog owners to spay/neuter to prevent aggression issues, but according to studies, the opposite is actually true. I wonder if population control is so all-important that “they” lie to us in order to further encourage us to spay/neuter. #conspiracytheory πŸ™ƒ A dog with spinal

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Introducing your dog to your new baby: A study in how NOT to do it

In January we added a new not-so-furry member to our family, and I knew it was going to be an adjustment for Betsy, who had, for the last four years, been our #1. These are the TL;DR of some of the stuff the Internet recommends for introducing dogs to babies that I remember reading: Get dog used to new routine early (eg if there will be less walks when baby comes, start doing that sooner) Get dog used to baby

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A video showcasing a few of Betsy’s tricks

I’ve written a few trick training how-tos, like how to roll over, how to hand target, and how to go grab a kong to be stuffed. But Betsy has a few other tricks up her sleeve that I haven’t written about that I keep meaning to! My intent is to at least write about teaching a dog to know their lefts from their rights, because I think that’s a fun trick to show off, but here’s a little video showing

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Can you own a dog if you live in a small apartment?

I saw a tweet on twitter the other day (twitter, the king of high quality content, as we all know) about dogs in small apartments – Please πŸ‘πŸ» do πŸ‘πŸ» not πŸ‘πŸ» own πŸ‘πŸ» a πŸ‘πŸ» dog πŸ‘πŸ» if πŸ‘πŸ» you πŸ‘πŸ» live πŸ‘πŸ» in πŸ‘πŸ» a πŸ‘πŸ» small πŸ‘πŸ» apartment. πŸ‘πŸ» — Livable Victoria (@foreignbuyertax) September 8, 2017 Essentially comparing leaving a pet in a hot car to having a dog in a small apartment. I think we all

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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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚ 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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