What Is The Best Age to Start Training My Dog?

September 05, 2014 by Margaret Davis
Categories: New Dog,Tricks,Training

Clients often ask me, "When should I start training my dog? Can old dogs learn new tricks?" The truth is, if you are living with your dog you are already training her! Every word, every, touch, every interaction of any kind is dog training. The real question is what is your dog learning? To...

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CDT Meets Pig!

July 16, 2014 by Margaret Davis
Categories: New Dog,Fun,Training

I have been blessed to work with lots of different dogs in my career - from working with sick dogs at my father's veterinary office, to show dogs here at Creative Dog Training. Last week, I met Pig (The Unusual Dog). Pig is a female mixed-breed dog born with "short spine syndrome". She was born in...

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Puppy License

June 11, 2014 by Margaret Davis
Categories: Respect,New Dog,Behavior

You will find this useful whether you just brought your dog home or have been living with your dog for 12 years!

Take a sheet of paper – one for each of your dogs. Write at the top of each page the words 'Puppy License'. In the middle of the page write your dog’s name. Fold the paper and put it...

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How to Catch Your Dog, the Easy Way

January 29, 2014 by Margaret Davis
Categories: Respect,Fun,Behavior,Tips

Have you ever watched someone try to catch a dog? Or maybe you have experienced this yours elf! Some dogs enjoy the game of it. Some dogs have been unintentionally taught that being caught leads to unpleasant things. Some dogs just have something they would rather do in the moment. It is important...

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New Years Resolutions: Update

January 24, 2014 by Margaret Davis
Categories: Respect,Resolutions,Behavior,Training,Tips

Three weeks in to the New Year seems like a good time to report on my New Year Dog Resolutions. I am happy to report that I have made some progress! The need to write in the training journal has kept me on task. I have not trained everyday but I have trained more so far this year than I did last...

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How’s that New Dog? What Every Dog Should Know.

January 08, 2014 by Margaret Davis
Categories: New Dog,Behavior,Training

How is it going with your new dog? Are you having fun or wondering why you got yourself in to this? Are you realizing that your dog did not arrive pre-trained? I don’t have a magic wand but I do have information to help you!

Love, Trust, and Respect are the key ingredients to a wonderful...

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Making New Years Resolutions for Your Dog

January 01, 2014 by Margaret Davis
Categories: Holidays,Fun,Behavior,Training,Tips

It’s that time of year again! You know, the time we make lists and promise ourselves to do things diffe rently this year. For 2014, I encourage you to include some New Years resolutions that include your dog a maybe a little dog training as well.

I enjoy speaking with clients outside of work, like...

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Christmas Puppies: Bringing Your New Dog Home

December 23, 2013 by Margaret Davis
Categories: Holidays,New Dog,Training,Tips

Now that you’ve chosen your new dog, (if you didn't read part 1: Christmas Puppies: Picking the Right One!, its here) it’s time to bring her home! 

Set Ground Rules

It is time for another family meeting. Dogs thrive on routine and consistency. Your dog needs for her world to be black and white with...

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