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Critical Learning Period For Puppies

Posted on Feb 4, 2017 | 0 comments

Critical Learning Period For Puppies

The Last Two Weeks of the Critical Learning Period For Puppies   The puppies are just a couple of days shy of 9 weeks old and are leaving or being scheduled to leave with their new families. While it is a very bitter/sweet time for us, it is a time of great excitment and more new learning experiences for the puppies and their new families. The new families are going to have their puppies for the last two and half to three weeks of the  “CRITICAL LEARNING PERIOD” (the critical development/learning period for puppies is from 3 weeks to 12 weeks of age). While I personally do...

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Fun Facts – Puppies vocabulary

Posted on Jan 18, 2017 | 0 comments

Fun Facts – Puppies vocabulary

Did you know that talking to your puppy as you would to another human being and using verbal commands or names for objects and skills is a good way to increase your puppy’s vocabulary? It is a fact that dogs that are spoken to often over their lifetime; can have a vocabulary of over a […]

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Did you know that talking to your puppy as you would to another human being and using verbal commands or names for objects and skills is a good way to increase your puppy’s vocabulary? It is a fact that dogs that are spoken to often over their lifetime; can have a vocabulary of over a hundred words. Our dogs have even learned the spelling of some words. When we say the words:  Walk Cookie Treat Bed, Crate Let’s go Ball Bone Find Nap Time and several more The dogs KNOW what we are talking about.  For instance, when they began to learn what we were saying when we said Walk we had...

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Powering Up The Clicker

Posted on Jan 9, 2017 | 0 comments

Powering Up The Clicker

We have begun to work with the puppies individually for a few minutes at a time with a clicker and a little bit of ground beef rolled into tiny balls. First, we “click” and then we give the treat – classically conditioning the puppies to respond to the sound. The puppies learn in a pretty […]

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We have begun to work with the puppies individually for a few minutes at a time with a clicker and a little bit of ground beef rolled into tiny balls. First, we “click” and then we give the treat – classically conditioning the puppies to respond to the sound. The puppies learn in a pretty short time that the sound of the click ALWAYS means a yummy treat.  We are not asking the puppy to do anything at this point, they are learning on their own that click means – a treat is forth coming – this is  what is referred to as “Powering Up The Clicker” By...

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Our Goal as a Natural Rearing Breeder

Posted on Nov 30, 2016 | 0 comments

Our Goal as a Natural Rearing Breeder

By Dr. Jeannie Thomason Extracted from the book: Natural Rearing: Breeding & Raising Dogs The Way Nature Intended “The goal of the natural rearing breeder is to produce truly sound puppies — mentally and physically. This means producing dogs with natural immunity. Natural, (or innate), immunity is part of a homeostatic, balanced state of the […]

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By Dr. Jeannie Thomason Extracted from the book: Natural Rearing: Breeding & Raising Dogs The Way Nature Intended “The goal of the natural rearing breeder is to produce truly sound puppies — mentally and physically. This means producing dogs with natural immunity. Natural, (or innate), immunity is part of a homeostatic, balanced state of the body. Natural immunity occurs when the body’s biological defenses work together to fight infection or dis-ease, keeping pathogens in balance and preventing unwanted biological invasion. This type of immunity is a pre-existing and natural...

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Dog Training At Home – Self Awareness

Posted on Jul 5, 2016 | 0 comments

Dog Training At Home – Self Awareness

Tuesdays with Justin & Dave Dog training at home. Week 1- Self awareness Stressed owners beget stressed dogs and what I often see are puppies or dogs reacting to the owners, not the other way around. While many people understand the basics tenets of training, I often implore my puppy owners to slow down and […]

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Tuesdays with Justin & Dave Dog training at home. Week 1- Self awareness Stressed owners beget stressed dogs and what I often see are puppies or dogs reacting to the owners, not the other way around. While many people understand the basics tenets of training, I often implore my puppy owners to slow down and practice a little self-awareness. With practice, they can often see the fix staring them in the face. Do As I Say, Not As I Do So, “why is my dog pulling me on the leash?” Now it’s my turn to ask a question: How do dog owners typically react to a pulling dog? They pull back. Now both...

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