Training and Education

Running with your dog

Fall is the BEST season to run with a four-legged partner, the weather being finally cool enough that overheating is not a major cause of concern anymore. You are ready to start running with your dog? Some pieces of advice here: Start slow This might be easy enough if you are a newbie yourself with…
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Finding the best class for your dog

Inspired by the back-to-school season to register for a class with your dog? Let’s go through all the different options out there to find the best class for the two of you. If you have a puppy Then a puppy class is a must! Kindergarten classes are not just a lot of fun: They teach…
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Mastering the walk

One of the great pleasures of owning a dog is going for walks. We all dream of pleasant walks when we adopt a dog. And then we find out that our dog would rather go in all directions instead of the one we choose, that he would rather sniff everything in sight than walk one…
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Teaching your dog to « give it »

“Give it” is an important cue to teach a dog. It can save more than a couple of socks or baby toys: It can save your dog’s life if he ever grabs something potentially dangerous. “Give it” is however not a fun command from the dog’s perspective. In his mind, “give it” sounds more like…
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Behaviours your dog should know before you have kids

A baby’s arrival in a family is a big thing! Babies are needy, and they are needy 24/7. Unfortunately, what should be happy news for a family turn out to be sad news way too often for the canine member of that family. A lot of dogs are indeed abandoned after a baby’s arrival, simply…
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Christmas Eve and pet management

Only four weeks to go before the Holidays! And these four weeks usually fly by with all the things we have to get done before Christmas. If you are the lucky one who invites the family over, there are usually even more things to include to an already busy schedule. We would not want to…
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Trick AND treats night for your dog – Training your dog on Halloween night

Offering candies to “little monsters” on Halloween night can be a lot of fun. Offering candies to “little monsters” on Halloween night when your dog’s behaviour makes him look like a monster himself is a lot less fun. Instead of being embarrassed, why not make the most of this busy night of doorbell ringing to…
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My dog jumps on people

Imagine for a minute that you were so short that you were feet away from the face of the people you wanted to interact with. It would be very tempting to jump up in order to be able to reach their hands or their faces so that they see you and interact with you, wouldn’t…
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Playing with my dog – tug-of-war

Tugging is a game where a dog and his owner (or two dogs) each pull vigorously on one end of an object to win it. This game uses the natural prey drive dogs that most dogs have, so it is very easy to teach. It is also a lot of fun, a great way to…
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Flirt pole – a fun game for your dog!

Cats love fishing pole games! And so do dogs! Unless you have a small and delicate dog, chances are that cat toys would not have a long lifespan under your dog’s paws and jaw. Unfortunately, there are no tough fishing pole products on the market (if you know a manufacturer that has started producing one,…
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