Certifications DogSafe First Aid and Low Stress Handling

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One of the certification I am renewing this October is DogSafe First Aid course which is a wonderful compliment to any business, whether dog trainer to dog walkers. It is also a great educational course any pet owner should take. First aid is always great to know whether for human or dogs, and face it,…

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Certifications-Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partners

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Dog Trainer Certifications I always recommend the Karen Pryor course, because since I have been taken the course and become a Certified Training Partner.  It is the best decision I have made for a great foundation. Any courses or extra education I have is built upon this course. Continuing education and learning is a requirement to…

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Emergencies On Walks – Have a Plan Before You Leave The House

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Sometimes, taking your dog for a walk, is like taking a mission, from Mission Impossible….cue music now! First off, the series of events on this walk needs to be explained to most urban dwellers. I live in a small city on Vancouver Island, part of Canada, but literally an Island of the Coast of Canada.…

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Interactive Dog Toys for the Energetic Dog!

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In todays world there are millions of dollars spent on pets, which toys are the most useful? Here are a few I have used and still do. Mental stimulation tires out your dog more than running your dogs. If you have a reactive dog, an older dog, or a pup that needs mental stimulation, this…

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So You Have a New Puppy! Now What?

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Summer Time, or Any Season Really, Bringing Home a Puppy! First think through bringing home a puppy, do you have time to train? Time to teach it about life? Is everyone in the household going to help look after the puppy? If you have children, and a mom, chances are, this is one more ‘child’…

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Luring vs Mark Reward Training

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Bev Maahs KPACTP I have links provided below on articles written on the points I am bringing up. Luring to get behavior  is to show food, (here is a cookie, come, get food) or do this and you will get the food Luring is good way to get a behavior, if not an established behavior,…

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Why I Enjoy Teaching People to Train Their Dogs

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Bev Maahs KPACTP I had the opportunity today to see a friend whom I stayed with during my KPA workshops that I had not seen in a while. We had a chat about how long ago it was since I did the KPA, which is 3 years ago in May.  Between teaching foundation classes, she asked…

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Modern Dog Training Is Not About Cookies!

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Bev Maahs KPACTP With my background in technology, I love the internet, a whole new world opens up, and opinions are easily shared. This of course works two ways, there is a lot of good information, and a lot of misinformation. Just like when I was young, we were encouraged to read newspapers, and be…

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