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Here is a Secret You Need to Know

The crisp Fall days are behind us and the darkness of winter is descending upon us. As the days get colder and shorter, do you find that you feel less like walking your dog? Are there times when taking your dog for a walk seems more like a chore than a joy?  Here’s a...

I never thought I would share this story …

A Dog Trainer's Life Stuff often happens as a regular part of a dog trainer’s day. Generally, we simply deal with it and move on. We never think about sharing the experience because we believe that we could or should have done better. However, there are situations...

Dog Training – From Chaos to Calm

Fall is Dog Training Time! I hope that you enjoyed plenty of summer fun and are ready to dive into Fall activities. So much has changed in the past year. The impact of the pandemic is easing up across the U.S. and Canada. Travel is once again on the rise, and daily...

Seven Ways to Have a Well-Trained Dog, Without Actually Training!

When it comes to having your 'best dog ever, there is no ‘magic wand’ that you can wave to create the perfect furry pal. There are, however, some simple things that you can do every day to ultimately have your best dog ever! REMEMBER - Training Time is ALL the Time!...

Door Manners – The FRUIT GAME

Introduction Door passage is the most basic act of bringing your dog into the real world. It's something we do every day, thousands of times a year. Plenty of training (or chaos) can happen at the door! Wouldn’t it be a comfort to know that your dog will never dash...

Feeling the Wind on his Face – Driving with Your Dog!

Driving with your dog - Driving with your dog can seem like a fun idea. - Your dog sticks his head out the window, gets fresh air and you get to bond. There are a few reasons why dogs like to stick their heads out the window when you're driving. First, they're excited...

Top Tips to Potty Train Your Puppy!

Getting Started Potty training your puppy can be easy when you follow a few simple steps. Puppies will want to pee and poop wherever they have done so before. Initially, they will not automatically go to your door and ‘ask’ to go outside. How quickly they learn to go...

Train Your Dog by KEEPING IT SIMPLE SUPERSTAR

So ... you have a new dog or puppy and are excited to get to the 'best dog ever' part! Have you read all about raising a puppy or training a new dog? Are you still confused? Just when you think that you have this 'training thing' figured out your dog does something...

Preparing Your Dog for Post Pandemic Life

Pandemic Life - then and now In April 2020, I wrote about living with your dog during COVD-19. (See my BLOG at https://ontariodogtrainer.com/2020/04/03/living-with-your-dog-when-every-day-is-saturday/ ) Who could have imagined at that time that we would be in a...

Buying A Puppy? … How to Find a Reputable Breeder

YAY! A New Puppy Is Coming to YOU! Have you decided that the time is finally right to get a puppy? Is everyone in your family on board with the work it will take? Are you ready for the dog of your dreams? That's fantastic! Now you just need to decide the breed that...

BFFs: Your Baby and Your Furry Friend

Do You Want Your Furry Friend and Your Baby to be Besties? Does your dog like babies? Do you get nervous or excited when a dog (even your dog) approaches your or any baby? Would you like to be able to predict the outcome when your dog meets baby (yours or any baby)?...

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