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Puppies Are Wonderful Sidekicks Training and Behavior Modification

Driving Dog Safe

It's important when traveling with your puppy or dog, to keep a few things in mind when it comes to their safety. They younger the dog is when you start using these safety measures the faster they will adjust to any changes. If you have an older dog, and you're starting this for the first time, be patient and go slow with them. You really can teach your old dog a new trick; it just takes a little longer.
Use a Safety harness for your dog.  There are a few types of car harnesses for your dog, however what I recommend is one that allows your puppy or dog to stand, sit, or lay down.

5 Quick Tips to Introducing Car Rides to Your Puppy

There will come a time when you need to drive your dog or puppy somewhere.  Maybe it will be the vet, or a friend's house; maybe the park, or the kennel.  At some point, you'll need to make sure your puppy, and eventually your dog, knows what the car ride is...lots of fun!!  Their experience in the car may start with that first car ride to your home.  It's important to properly socialize your puppy to the car to have life long fun experiences with them.  Plus, the happier they are in the car, the more often you'll be able to travel with them.

Lost and Found

It was a pretty normal Wednesday afternoon.  My son was sleeping, I was working in the house picking up and doing laundry.  After switching the clothes from the washer to the dryer, I look out the window.  I don't understand what I'm looking at...how did Lucy get outside?  I know I didn't let her out.  What is she doing out there?  I look closer, and it wasn't Lucy, and it wasn't alone.  There in my back yard was a very beautiful black and tan German Shepherd and a small black Lab.

Turkey Cranberry Meatballs

Here's a great treat for all the sidekicks on Thanksgiving Day!!
1/4 cup of dried cranberries
1 lb of ground turkey
1 egg beaten
1/2 cup of bread or cracker crumbs
1/3 cup of plain greek yogurt
1/4 cup of fresh chopped basil
1/8 tsp dried thyme
Sauce (optional)
1 cup of cranberry sauce
1/4 cup of orange juice
1/4 apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp dijon mustard
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Put dried cranberries in a measuring cup and fill to the 1 cup mark with water.

How to Create an Off Limits Room

Do you have a room in your house that you just don't want your dog to go into? At my house it's the laundry room. I keep the litter box in there, along with all the cat food (indoor and outdoor cat food). Just things I don't want to worry about my dogs getting into. There's no need for them to be in there, so I taught them that room is off limits.
It's a very simple process...consistency is the key.
  • You start with 3-5 strips ofnylon, (preferably in abright color; the color is for you not your sidekick), and

Owning a Wolf or Wolf Hybrid

"You can train a wild animal; you can never tame a wild animal."- Unknown
Since a very little girl, I have ALWAYS been fascinated with wolves. I wanted to know everything about them. I've watched countless documentaries, and read countless articles and books about them. It seems like all the time, more information is discovered about them as people are better able to observe them in their natural habitat. In fact, I REALLY enjoyed researching the information for this post.

Dog Manners

Kayla from PAWS Training and Behavior Modification LLC
This weekend I was thinking a lot about dog manners; my expectations of my own dogs and others expectations of their own dog.  At my house we have a few rules...
  1. The dogs do not belong on the couch.  We have nice furniture, and paid a lot of money for it. I want it to last a long time, and hopefully not have to replace it.  So I don't even let my dogs sleep up against the furniture.

5 Steps on How to Teach Your Dog or Puppy to Fetch

5 Steps on How to Teach Your Dog or Puppy to Fetch
What you'll need
  • 2 squeaky toys
  • 2 balls
  • Yummy treats
  • A long line if working outside without a fence
  • A well rested puppy.
  • Lots of patience and laughter!!
Step 1  Shaping the fetch
  • You'll practice this step the longest. Do this for the next 2-3 weeks. Start with very short periods of time about 2-5 minutes, several times a day. Slowly increase the time you spend on this to 10 minutes or less.

Positive Reinforcement, Leadership, and Dominance in Dogs

In the last few years, a lot has changed about dogs and dog training.  We know so much more about dogs and the way they learn than we did 10, 20, 30 and even 50 years ago.  Dog training really started during WWI, and since then has evolved in the billion dollar industry that it is today. 
One of the best things that happened to dog training is positive reinforcement.

Preventing a Dog Bite

One of the many things I have to deal with on a fairly regular basis is dog bites.  I have worked with hundreds of dogs that have aggression issues, and more than half of those dogs have bitten in the past.  There are many types of aggression, and aggression can be directed toward people, other dogs, or animals. Here are a few statistics about dog bites in the US since 1975.  All of these statistics were found on the site of
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