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Behavior of the Month: Play! Part I

For the next two months we’re going to discuss play. We all know it when we see it- dogs are romping and we’re smiling! But what’s really happening there? Why do dogs play and does it serve a purpose? And, importantly for us folks who train dogs, can we use play to help us to […]

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Doggy Business Play Group Series!

Over the next few months we’re going to be writing a series of blogs that focus on the Doggy Business play groups – what they are and how they work. Our play groups were designed by Doug Duncan, MA, CTC, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, to provide safe access to three key activities – play, socialization, and training. We’ll discuss […]

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September Behavior of the Month – Sit and Down

For September, we thought we’d get back to some basics – teaching sit and down. Does your dog already know sit?  Probably. For most of you when you ask your dog to sit, your dog will likely put their bottom on the ground, often directly in front of you. Excellent!  What about when there’s a […]

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August Behavior of the Month – Trainer’s Choice

  This month, we’re focusing a little more on the Play Group series (check out our newsletter to learn more), but will be getting back to some new Behavior of the Month material next month. For August, we’ll let the trainers in each play group choose what they want to work on with each of […]

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July Behavior of the Month: Coming and Going, Safe Greetings and Potty Training!

This month in the Doggy Business LLC play group classes we’re going to focus on two important aspects of starting each play group: Getting each dog safely and comfortably into the group. Housetraining – giving the dogs access to the right place to go potty (outside) and then reinforcing them when they do.   Getting […]

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June Behavior of the Month – Trainer’s Choice!

This month, we thought we’d let the trainers in each play group choose what they want to work on with each of the dogs. Over the years we’ve worked on a variety of skills and behaviors in the Doggy Business LLC play groups, and here are some of the many behaviors and skill sets they […]

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May Behavior of the Month: Dog-People Greetings, Part 4 – Meeting People on Walks

Over the last few months, our Behavior of the Month articles have focused on Dog-People Greetings and the reasons many dogs like to jump on people when they meet them. During this series on greetings, we’ve been specifically discussing dogs who jump up because they like people, in contrast to those dogs who jump up […]

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April Behavior of the Month: Dog-People Greetings, Part 3 – Hitting the Streets

For the last two months, we’ve focused on ways to help dogs greet each other (Part 1) and ways to help them greet us as their owners (Part 2). This month we are taking a look at ways to help dogs greet other people when we are out and about with them in the real […]

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