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Class time changes on Saturday

The times of classes on Saturday will be changing beginning next week.

10:00 a.m. Class – Basic Stays the same

11:30 a.m. Class – Basic Noon Class moves up 1/2 hour

1:00 a.m. Class – Fun Agility Class moves up 1 hour.



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Do’s And Don’ts For Effective Training – AKC

You can teach your dog to do many different things, but there are a few general guidelines that will help make sure your training goes well. The American Kennel Club’s (AKC®) Canine Good Citizen® Director Mary Burch offers the top tips for effectively training your four-legged friend.

Do reward behaviors you like. Observe carefully when training your dog and reward the behaviors that you’d like him to continue. Treats, toys, and your attention are great rewards and can eventually be phased out and replaced with praise.

Do manage the environment. When training your dog, managing his environment will help him succeed and not do something that you don’t like. If you keep your shoes in the closet, your dog can’t make a snack out of them.

Don’t reinforce behaviors you don’t like. Reinforcing behaviors you don’t like is very common, and you might not even realize you’re doing it. Petting and playing with a puppy that jumps on you when you enter the room will more likely than not ensure that he’ll continue jumping on people because you’re giving him the attention he wants. Instead, wait until he’s not jumping on you to pet him.

Don’t forget about exercise. Exercise plays a critical role in preventing many behavior problems. Exercise also helps to relax your dog so he can pay more attention to you during training.

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Fear Based Agression

Fear Based Aggression –
Aggression is defined as growling, barking aggressively, snarling (showing teeth), lunging, “nipping” with bruising or serious biting with punctures. Aggression is usually a defensive behavior in response to fear (fear masked as aggression).
Instinctively, animals are continuously aware of the physical space between themselves and other objects in their environment, including other animals, people, equipment and machinery. Animals continuously attempt to maintain what they perceive as a “safe” physical distance between themselves and other objects in their environment.

If an animal is crated, leashed, or positioned in a manner that makes it difficult for the animal to retreat, he may feel the need to protect himself, and respond with a “fight or flight” response behavior. Image

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So you have a new PUPPY or new DOG. First, congratulations, you are on your way to a receiving unconditional love by a companion animal that totally relies on you for its health and well being.

Lets talk about the areas you need to to know to raise a happy and healthy pup.1.   Equipment – Leashes, Collars, Harnesses, Tags, etc., etc……….
2.   Housebreaking – Crate Training
3.   Puppy Vaccinations – Veterinarian Care
5.   7 Stages of Puppy Development
7.   Feeding guidelines
8.   Managing Puppy Nipping, Puppy Chewing & Puppy Barking
9.   Socialization and Exercise
10. Riding in a Car
11. Leash walking
12. Move – uppie
13. Digging
14. Separation Anxiety
14. Children / Baby Interaction
15. Grooming
17. Dog houses and barriers

Call Montana for our expanded PUPPY or New DOG Training Program. 847-997-4707