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Training with Pat Brown-John

Canine Good Citizen

The American Kennel Club provides an opportunity for dogs to earn a Canine Good Citizen certificate which, as the name implies, recognizes those dogs who have passed a 10-step training test. Started in 1989, the CGC program is designed to reward dogs who demonstrate good manners at home as well as in the community. All […]

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Surprising things we do that dogs do NOT like!

We love our dogs and we think they love us.  And they do!  But the kind of affection we show to other people is, often, exactly the actions even the best dogs can barely tolerate.  Of course, dogs can’t tell us what they like – or don’t like.  But animal behaviorists who study dog reactions […]

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Spoiler Alert! For those who baby their dogs.

You’ve seen them – whether it’s an adorable Papillon (the kind whose ears look like butterfly wings) or sturdy service dogs—they’re dressed up like ballerinas on their way to a rehearsal of Sleeping Beauty, carried in posh Louis Vuitton bags, or spoken to while they lie at the feet of Madame who’s feeding bits of […]

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How Dogs Love Us

An Extraordinary Revelation: Decoding Dog Thoughts

Can you imagine getting a dog – even a service dog – to go into the loud, dark tunnel of an MRI  (magnetic resonance imaging) and lie there quietly, without moving, while the machine scans the dog’s brain? I never imagined it could be done or, more accurately, why someone would want to do that – unless, […]

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Questions You’re Too Embarrassed to Ask Your Vet or Dog Trainer (Answered Here!)

  If you have a dog, you love him or her. Yet, as much as we like to “humanize” our beloved canine friends, they are really, really, really . . . not human (gasp!), nor are they cuddly little humans wrapped in fur (more gasps!). Thus, at some point or another, we bump up against […]

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Doggie Kisses: Disgusting or Divine?

  I kiss my dog. A lot. I know, I know . . . “You shouldn’t do this!” is a refrain I’ve heard all my life – from my mother when I was little to my latest vet who says that, by now, I should know better. (Note: When asked: “How old are you?” I […]

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Children Ask the Trainer

All About Dogs:  Kids Ask the Darndest Things. Is anyone old enough to remember the Art Linkletter television show, called “Kids Ask the Darndest Things?”  Some of those moments were truly precious — and some, rather embarrassing (especially for the poor parents watching).  I’m happy to say that the questions we have received will not embarrass […]

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Pat Brown-John

Ask the Trainer: Should I use treats in obedience training?

Our training expert, Pat Brown-John, is a five-time Canadian Schutzhund champion, with multiple national and international titles, spanning a dog-training career of more than 30 years.  We are extremely fortunate that a trainer of this caliber has joined our blog. Periodically, we will post some of her thoughts and tips to help people with pets […]

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Elephant and Dogs

How lessons from a beaten elephant should change dog training forever

Do you watch dog trainers on television?  I do and one of my favorites is Victoria Stilwell, host of the unfortunate title, It‘s me or the dog. What I most admire about her training principles–and actions–are the positive techniques she employs.  She has said, “We must stop dominance-based and punitive training methods.”  I completely agree. […]

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