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Dogs Behaving Badly - Pawsitive Steps Dog Training

Unwanted Dog Behavior

Dogs are a lot like humans in the fact that no matter how “good” we/they are, there will be times when we misbehave and do something wrong. Here is where the similarity ends…we can change our own unwanted behaviors, but our dogs won’t know or be able to change theirs without our help.

Given the fact that our dogs want…

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Pup Head - Pawstitive Steps Dog Training

Pup Head Training

If you have a dog that is trained to go potty outside only, there are many options for you to choose from when deciding what to do onboard a boat.

My preferred option for giving your pup a place to go that will seem natural and meet your sanitation needs is the Pup Head™ by Pup Gear, available at www.YachtDogs.org.

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Dog on a Boat - Pawsitive Steps Dog Training Bothell WA

Dogs on Boats

The slapping water against the hull of your boat, as you rock back and forth in the bay, lulls your mind to a quiet, peaceful place. You’ve anchored down for the night, the kids are all snuggled safely in their bunks and your spouse is snoring softly beside you.

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Dogs Behavior - Pawsitive Steps Dog Training

Dogs Behavior

One of the exercises on the first week of class is to sit and observe your dog for 3 minutes. The point is to be more aware that of what behaviors your dog is doing at any given moment. As trainers, we refer to this as “splitting” behaviors as opposed to “lumping” them together.

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Dogs are Great Therapy Kids - Positive Steps Dog Training

Dogs for Therapy

Sean, a sixth grader this year, has Autism and is extremely smart, but lacks focus. The calm way he approaches and confidently practices sits and downs with Brooke is 180 degrees different than it was last year.

Six months ago, he would barely participate in training. When he did he would be waving his hands wildly or tossing treats around sporadically, confusing poor Brooke and getting little results.

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