Category Archives: Various


A Conversation with a Beagle

    I have just had the pleasure of two gorgeous girls enjoying a mini DogSmith Vacation with me.  The following is a conversation I had with the eldest girl on their last day of stay, after a short training session: DogSmith: “All finished.” Beagle: “What do you mean all finished? I think you have
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Pet Owners – Advocate for Your Pets!

According to the American Pet Products Association (2017), 68 percent of Americans return home to a pet (or pets) each day.  An estimated 48 percent of US residents are dog owners while 38 percent share their home with a cat (or cats). In spite of this, for many people, more time is spent planning the
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DogSmith Board and Train Programs

So Much Dog, So Little Time! With Your Busy Schedule, Leave The Training To Us. Wouldn’t it be great if all dogs arrived completely prepared to live in your family the way a new computer comes ready to use, straight out of the box? And wouldn’t it be great if your busy schedule allowed you
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The Effects of Using Aversive Training Methods in Dogs – A Review by Dr. Gal Ziv

By Niki Tudge  As a professional in the pet industry and one who is heavily invested in the promotion of force-free animal care, training and management I am always looking for new research and findings to help in the aged debate about dog training methods and their efficacy.  Since its inception in 2012, PPG’s position has been that
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Let’s All Be Dopamine Trainers

by Niki Tudge Be  A Dopamine Trainer When you train using Positive Reinforcement the brain is flooded with Dopamine, a chemical involved in functions like movement, motivation and reward. When you train using scary punishments the brain is flooded with norepinephrine a chemical that mobilizes the body for action and fight or flight.  Find a
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Why Does My Dog Bark & How Can I Manage/Prevent It

Dogs use barking to communicate. If you listen to your dog’s bark you will note that he uses different kind of barks to communicate different things.   Higher tone barks are usually associated with play, excitement and/or greeting of people or other dogs.   Lower tone barks are usually associated with alerting, fear and/or aggression.    It
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