Remember in school when you asked, “Why do we have to learn this? I’ll never use it in real life.” With our school, there’s no question how our knowledge fits into your very real, everyday life. The good news?! There will be no term papers or final exam. Your pass / fail grade will be that little furry thing that keeps peeing on your carpet and chewing on your most beloved items (good thing it’s cute). But unlike your semester of PSYC 101, the average lifespan of a dog is 10 – 13 years.

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We’ve taken the time to break down everything you need to know, starting with the basics; classical conditioning and operant conditioning. (By the way, not only are these methods great for training dogs, they also work on children and husbands. But you didn’t hear it from us.)

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Which training method should you use? Find the one that works best for you and stick to it. You can also combine a few training methods such as luring and molding to teach the desired behavior. Make sure that you enjoy the training and don’t allow yourself to get too frustrated. All good things take time. Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint!

Training Methods

#trainyourdog

BEST PET LOVER OF THE WEEK • @blondehair_bluenose
Yes, we’re matching because we’re best friends and that’s what best friends do.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Is it weird that I call River my best friend? He is with me most hours of the day, more than anyone else. He gets to come to work with me, he is by my side when I work from home, we go on adventures and vacations together and I know what the slightest nuance in his behavior means. I know him better than I know most people.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I know his likes and his dislikes, how to set up him for success and he continues to teach me that before you can have communication and respect, you have to truly understand where the other person or species is coming from. Dogs are not humans. They never will be. And yet, amazingly, they live by our sides obeying our rules and looking to us for direction.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Dogs are here to teach us if we are willing to learn. It means you have to put ego aside and step out of your comfort zone. It means that you have to make mistakes to have the relationship you desire and mistakes are NECESSARY. Mistakes mean that you are learning, trying, readjusting and moving forward. It means that you are acknowledging the relationship you are a participant in and trying to make it the best it can be.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Isn’t that what a symbiotic relationship is all about? Communication. Understanding. Respect. Boundaries. Safety. Love. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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River has made me a better human and because of that, he makes me want to help others achieve the same success, the same passion to understand their dog. To strive to have the type of relationship with another species that is one of understanding and trust. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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So I am here to scream from the rooftops that, yes, my dog is my best friend. And, without him, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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BEST PET LOVER OF THE WEEK • @blondehair_bluenose Yes, we’re matching because we’re best friends and that’s what best friends do.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Is it weird that I call River my best friend? He is with me most hours of the day, more than anyone else. He gets to come to work with me, he is by my side when I work from home, we go on adventures and vacations together and I know what the slightest nuance in his behavior means. I know him better than I know most people.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I know his likes and his dislikes, how to set up him for success and he continues to teach me that before you can have communication and respect, you have to truly understand where the other person or species is coming from. Dogs are not humans. They never will be. And yet, amazingly, they live by our sides obeying our rules and looking to us for direction.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Dogs are here to teach us if we are willing to learn. It means you have to put ego aside and step out of your comfort zone. It means that you have to make mistakes to have the relationship you desire and mistakes are NECESSARY. Mistakes mean that you are learning, trying, readjusting and moving forward. It means that you are acknowledging the relationship you are a participant in and trying to make it the best it can be.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Isn’t that what a symbiotic relationship is all about? Communication. Understanding. Respect. Boundaries. Safety. Love. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ River has made me a better human and because of that, he makes me want to help others achieve the same success, the same passion to understand their dog. To strive to have the type of relationship with another species that is one of understanding and trust. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So I am here to scream from the rooftops that, yes, my dog is my best friend. And, without him, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . . . .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #considerthedog #blakerodriguezismyhero #twinning #awwfeed #meandmydog #dogobsessed #dogmomlife #dogmom #dogmomlove #dogmomaf #pitbull #icanteven #dogsareagirlsbestfriend #topdogphoto #dogsaremytribe #thehappynow #dogtraining #trainyourdog #bestpetbowl #bestbowl
The DOWN command!
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What: we teach the down command to mean lay down, all the way, and stay there until I tell you otherwise. Stay is implied so I do not teach a stay command, I just expect it. Sometimes people can also mix up the down command with “off” but we teach off to mean get off the furniture or if a dog jumps up on something/someone it shouldn’t, we say off and correct. It’s important to not interchange these commands. Pick one and stick to it otherwise you’re dog will have a harder time learning what those commands mean.
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Why: we utilize this command for 1) mental work (teaching/reinforcing impulse control and a calm mindset) 2) improving anxiety/nervousness (showing a dog he/she can focus on their job (laying and staying down) during times they are uncomfortable teaches them how to process their environment and cope in a healthier way) 3) reliability and safety (a dog that will down on command can make a dangerous situation more manageable. For example, your dog sees a deer run across the road - you already have your dog in a down or you put your dog in a down and prevent the dangerous situation of your dog running into the road)
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It’s important to practice down and to keep challenging your dog (aka new distractions). The more “down time” your dog gets, the more reliable he/she becomes and the more adventures you can have together!
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The DOWN command! . What: we teach the down command to mean lay down, all the way, and stay there until I tell you otherwise. Stay is implied so I do not teach a stay command, I just expect it. Sometimes people can also mix up the down command with “off” but we teach off to mean get off the furniture or if a dog jumps up on something/someone it shouldn’t, we say off and correct. It’s important to not interchange these commands. Pick one and stick to it otherwise you’re dog will have a harder time learning what those commands mean. . Why: we utilize this command for 1) mental work (teaching/reinforcing impulse control and a calm mindset) 2) improving anxiety/nervousness (showing a dog he/she can focus on their job (laying and staying down) during times they are uncomfortable teaches them how to process their environment and cope in a healthier way) 3) reliability and safety (a dog that will down on command can make a dangerous situation more manageable. For example, your dog sees a deer run across the road - you already have your dog in a down or you put your dog in a down and prevent the dangerous situation of your dog running into the road) . It’s important to practice down and to keep challenging your dog (aka new distractions). The more “down time” your dog gets, the more reliable he/she becomes and the more adventures you can have together! . . . #dogtrainer #dog #centralwisconsin #wisconsinrapids #wisconsin #trainyourdog #responsibledogtraining #dogtraining #girlboss #behaviormodification #balanceddogtraining #prongcollar #ecollar #dogsofinstagram #dogtrainingtips #realworlddogtraining #wisconsindogtrainer #dogtrainingpaysoff
Why Dogs go Missing ... and why they usually don't make it back home.
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Over 10 million dogs and cats a year go missing in the U.S. alone. .

American Humane estimates that one out of three pets will get lost in their lifetime.
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1.2 million dogs die every year from being hit by cars.
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It is so sad, and also so avoidable. Given some recent events, I thought I should speak up to educate people in the hope of saving some dogs' lives.
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One of my friend’s dogs got spooked and ran away a couple of days ago, and he was found dead by the side of the road later that evening. .

The next day, I was out walking my dog, and a lady pulled over in her car to tell me a Chihuahua had escaped from a 90-year-old man who just adopted him and he ran away and they can’t find him. She said people chased the dog, but he just ran further away.
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I seem to hear at least once a week about a dog going missing for one reason or another.  And then the warnings come: “My dog has gone missing and he’s afraid of people, so please don’t go after him if you see him”, “don’t call my dog if you see him“, “don’t look at my dog“, “don’t whistle at my dog“, etc.
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IF YOUR DOG IS AFRAID OF PEOPLE, the odds are they will either hide so no one ever finds them, or they will get hit by a car. The chance of them returning home safely is nearly nonexistent.
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What can you do to ensure your dog lives?
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I get so upset because this is so easily avoidable. All dogs should be trained such that you do not have to worry about them running away, or even them running into the street.
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There are THREE MAIN THINGS you need to do to train your dog to assure their safety if they get separated from you.
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1. Train them to come on command. To anyone. Not just to you.
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2. Work with your dog so they are not afraid of people, but instead know to look for them for help. Almost every dog can be trained to be friendly towards people with enough work.
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3. Train your dog to avoid streets and not enter or cross them unless they have your permission.
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Our Facebook page has articles with instructions on all 3 of these things so you can work on them with your dog. Please do!!
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#dogsafety #trainyourdog
Why Dogs go Missing ... and why they usually don't make it back home. . Over 10 million dogs and cats a year go missing in the U.S. alone. . American Humane estimates that one out of three pets will get lost in their lifetime. . 1.2 million dogs die every year from being hit by cars. . It is so sad, and also so avoidable. Given some recent events, I thought I should speak up to educate people in the hope of saving some dogs' lives. . One of my friend’s dogs got spooked and ran away a couple of days ago, and he was found dead by the side of the road later that evening. . The next day, I was out walking my dog, and a lady pulled over in her car to tell me a Chihuahua had escaped from a 90-year-old man who just adopted him and he ran away and they can’t find him. She said people chased the dog, but he just ran further away. . I seem to hear at least once a week about a dog going missing for one reason or another. And then the warnings come: “My dog has gone missing and he’s afraid of people, so please don’t go after him if you see him”, “don’t call my dog if you see him“, “don’t look at my dog“, “don’t whistle at my dog“, etc. . IF YOUR DOG IS AFRAID OF PEOPLE, the odds are they will either hide so no one ever finds them, or they will get hit by a car. The chance of them returning home safely is nearly nonexistent. . What can you do to ensure your dog lives? . I get so upset because this is so easily avoidable. All dogs should be trained such that you do not have to worry about them running away, or even them running into the street. . There are THREE MAIN THINGS you need to do to train your dog to assure their safety if they get separated from you. . 1. Train them to come on command. To anyone. Not just to you. . 2. Work with your dog so they are not afraid of people, but instead know to look for them for help. Almost every dog can be trained to be friendly towards people with enough work. . 3. Train your dog to avoid streets and not enter or cross them unless they have your permission. . Our Facebook page has articles with instructions on all 3 of these things so you can work on them with your dog. Please do!! . . #dogsafety #trainyourdog