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Urinating & Defecating Outside of the Litter Box

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Why do cats urinate or defecate outside of their litter box? Cats are very clean animals so when one starts urinating or defecating outside of the litter box something is wrong either behaviorally or it could be health related. Please take your cat to their veterinarian to rule out any health issues first. My experience with my kitties. When I had my kitties over the years one of them, Lincoln started inappropriately urinating on dog beds, rugs and eventually my chaise. This was out of character, I knew something was wrong. I took him to the vet and it was health related....

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Choosing a Doggie Daycare

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Doggie Daycares   When it comes to choosing a daycare for your dog there are so many options out there. Being a dog trainer for the past 13 years I get questions often about how to choose a good daycare so I decided to write about it. My friend and fellow dog trainer, Judit Arroyo-Czachor put together a list of questions to ask when considering a daycare for your dog. The goal of sending your dog to daycare is so they can get some exercise and social interactions. As appealing as that sounds, just make sure your dog would actually enjoy...

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Training Your Dog To Not Jump On People

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Why do dogs jump on people? Dogs get excited and want to greet people face to face as they would when meeting other dogs which can be frowned upon by humans especially when a larger dog is jumping. How do we stop it? One of the most common goals my clients have in class is to stop their dogs from jumping on people during greetings. So if we don't want them jumping on people we need to teach them an alternative, appropriate behavior to replace the jumping.  Where do we start? It starts at home, if your dog is used to jumping...

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The "Say Hello" Exercise for Shy Dogs

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People are great!   This is just one of the exercises you can do to help your dog make positive associations with people. Over the years as a dog trainer I have seen a lot of success with this simple exercise. This is of course just one piece of the puzzle but a good one to start working on if your dog isn't sure about new people or is a bit scared. The goal of this exercise is for your dog to make positive associations with people, whether it's seeing people, people approaching, people coming into your home etc. We are...

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Teaching Your Dog Recall

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Why teach recall?  The recall command will be one of the most important things you can teach your dog. It can literally be a life saving command if your dog ever gets out. You want to be able to call them, have them come and also check in by sitting at your feet. Many commands take a couple of weeks for dogs to learn like the sit or down commands so you might expect the same with recall but this one can take a few months of work to perfect.  Work on recall every single day just like you would...

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