All the things I wish I had known before I got a puppy

I know a couple people who have recently gotten a puppy, or are considering getting a puppy, or have already signed up for a puppy and are just waiting for it to be old enough to take home. Some have asked me for advice, knowing that I got a puppy about two years ago and have been through it all pretty recently. Advice is hard to dispense, because: Yes, I have raised a puppy recently, but it is the only

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Cheap Treats

Betsy and I go through a lot of treats due to all the agility and trick training and obedience practice we do. Ideally we would be aiming for more toy rewards and less treat rewards, but the tl;dr of this is treats are easier than toys, and I just haven’t managed to get her to 100% only work for toys. We do throw in the occasional toy reward or life reward, but I’d say 85% of the time it’s a

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Meanwhile, on the Internet (#4)

Archaeological evidence of dogs in our history I love reading about all the history behind the dog-human relationship, and Wikipedia lists off several interesting archaeological finds. This one was my favourite: 26,000 years ago – 50-metre trail of footprints made by a boy of about ten years of age alongside those of a large canid. The size and position of the canid’s shortened middle toe in relation to its pads indicates a dog rather than a wolf. The footprints have

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Teaching your dog to roll over

I briefly mentioned my experiences teaching Betsy to roll over when I wrote that post about dogs learning to learn, and I thought I’d follow up with how I did it 😁 The key to teaching this trick is rewarding in increments; you can’t just get them to do the entire roll right off the bat. The steps: Hold a treat to your dog’s nose and lure them to the ground. When they lay down, give them a treat. Yay,

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