Recent News From Dog Dynamics


10
Nov 2016
Don’t Steal the Turkey

It’s Thanksgiving Day. You have just removed the 20 lb. turkey from the oven, the bread rolls are warming, and the doorbell rings. Greetings! Your Aunt Betty has arrived and you haven’t seen her since last Thanksgiving. You both get caught up in a brief conversation about the years events when you hear a crash in the kitchen. Cooper, your Golden Retriever, is happily enjoying the turkey he pulled from the counter. Pure bliss. He will not forget this moment and, in this one instance, your dog has learned that it is possible to find such an amazing reward on the counter. Be prepared this holiday season. If you let your dog have too much freedom during the festivities,......

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19
Aug 2016
Exercises for You and Your Dog

Work and family schedules, exercise goals, dog-training classes—it is challenging to fit in time for yourself, your family and your dog. But you can integrate four paws and two feet into a fun exercise program—Dog Dynamics’ 6 Paws Fitness—that includes obedience training, stretching, cardio, balance-building, and strength training for both human and dog. It’s fun, and nurtures the human-to-dog bond. First, it is important to make sure your dog is physically ready. If your dog is overweight, recovering from an injury or illness, or is elderly, consult with your veterinarian before proceeding. Once cleared, get with the program by gathering a few simple items, such as a yoga mat, a leash and a collar, training treats, and music. Start......

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16
Jun 2016
Do You Really Know Your Dog?

When we bring home puppies or new adult dogs, we can’t help but have certain expectations. Sometimes our dogs are a perfect match for us, other times a sense of disappointment wiggles in.  Maybe it’s time to grab a pen and paper and try to better understand what’s going on. First, read the following statements and circle the ones that best describe why you chose the dog you have. If none of them applies, write down your own reasons for why you chose your dog. Examples: I wanted a cute puppy/dog. I don’t like dog hair. I like big dogs. I like couch potato dogs. I wanted a family dog. I wanted a therapy dog. I wanted a canine......

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16
Jun 2016
Every Dog Brings a Gift

I am fifty years old. Thirty-four of those years have been spent in the company of man’s best friend, and do you know what? I have never met the same dog twice. Never. I have traveled around the globe and studied dogs in small villages, rural farm lands, and urban centers. I have operated a board-and-train facility and taught private and group instruction. I have trained dogs to search for missing people, evidence, endangered species, and animal scat. I have trained dogs to assist people with disabilities and to become therapy dogs. I have taught dogs everything from field retrieving to developing a rhythm between dog and human as they move through a Rally course. And, in turn, every......

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16
Jun 2016
Gooooaaaalllll:Teaching Your Dog to Play Soccer

I recently spent a month traveling and meeting with dog and marine mammal trainers in Spain, France, and Mexico. It was in Spain that I first witnessed signs of “The Fever.”  I soon learned, however, that The Fever was a worldwide phenomenon. I returned to the U.S. to find Americans had The Fever, too. I know I caught it, but don’t worry. It has nothing to do with barnyard animals, although I think it is a virus.  We call it soccer, they call it futbol, but it has the same symptoms: an uncontrollable urge to play, watch, and be part of the excitement of the World Cup As a dog trainer, I thought it was only fitting that I......

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