Teaching your dog to settle on their mat

Reasons why this is awesome and useful: Give your dog somewhere to go during dinner time so that they don’t beg for food. Get your dog to lay down when company comes over so that they don’t rush the front door. I use it sometimes when Betsy is all wet from the beach and I don’t want her wandering around the house getting things wet… Sometimes I just use it for no reason other than to give her something constructive

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Meanwhile, on the Internet (#2)

sue-eh.ca This whole website is gold. There are free ebooks with dog training anecdotes, as well as a really great dog training guide called training levels of which there is a free (out-dated but still good) and for-sale version. Agility and obedience warm-up and cool-down Really nice post about warming your dog up before asking them to do hard work, which makes perfect sense. No human athlete would be expected to perform without first preparing their body. Rounder’s off switch

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Some thoughts on play!

When we first got Betsy as a cute little pup, I read a lot of articles about how I shouldn’t play with my dog because only subordinates play together and I’d be teaching my dog not to respect me etc etc etc. I wish I could go back in time and fix it. Not playing with Betsy during her first month with us is my biggest regret. I remember realizing my mistake when Betsy was about 3 months old. I

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Kong Recipes

I wasn’t a big fan of the Kong at first, thinking the design was kind of silly, but over time I’ve decided that it’s actually pretty great. We now have two Kongs, both of the red variety, both size large. My main use of the Kong is for the crate. Betsy doesn’t mind being crated in the slightest – she took to it like a fish to water, right from the day we brought her home. She doesn’t whine, she

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