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Everyone always wants the “perfect” dog.  Just like humans, dogs are very rarely perfect, especially when they have had a difficult history they have to move forward from.  Training and enrichment isn’t about making your dog perfect.  It is about making your dog have a skill set that makes them better suited for your lifestyle … Continue reading Why is training so important?

By Sherry Woodard Bringing a dog into your family causes great joy all around. But, making a commitment to a dog is much like making a commitment to a human being: Both relationships require daily care and nurturing in order to flourish. So, as you embark (no pun intended!) on this new commitment, here are … Continue reading Promises to My Dog

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By Sherry Woodard The trainers at Best Friends have found that dog training built on a positive relationship is the most kind – and also the most effective – method of training. When you have a positive relationship with the dog, you have the animal’s trust, and he/she wants to spend time with you and … Continue reading Why We Use Relationship-Based Training

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By Sherry Woodard If you want a well-trained, well-mannered, well-socialized dog, interact multiple times every day with your dog, with the goal of building a foundation of trust and a healthy relationship. (See “Why We Use Relationship-Based Training.”) All dogs benefit from learning and practicing skills daily. Keep all interaction fun; if you are stressed … Continue reading Daily Activities for You and Your Dog

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By Sherry Woodard Dogs need guidance and consistent training from their people if they are going to live in harmony with humans. All dogs must be taught acceptable behavior, and one way to do that is to train your dog or pay a trainer to do it. Dogs are happiest when they know who’s in … Continue reading How to Educate Your Dog

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By Sherry Woodard Why should I use a crate? Dogs are hard-wired by their genetic history to be den animals. A den is a small, safe, well-defined space. It is a place in which dogs feel instinctively safe. It is also a place that they instinctively avoid soiling. The combination of these two native traits … Continue reading Crate Training: The Benefits for You and Your Dog

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APRA has specific rules when it comes to dealing with our canines in and around the shelter. Jumping up on people is not a desired behavior or to be encouraged. Below are the rules of how we should work with shelter dogs that have the habit of jumping. Also included, is a phenomenal article by Victoria … Continue reading Dogs That Jump

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  By Sherry Woodard There are many activities that you can enjoy with your dog. Here are some examples: Agility. In agility trials, human handlers guide dogs off lead through obstacle courses that consist of hurdles, teeter-totters, tunnels, balance beams, weave poles, climbing structures, etc. Agility trials can be very competitive, or they can be … Continue reading Fun Things to Do with Your Dog

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By Sherry Woodard Why does my dog chew on things? Chewing is a normal canine behavior. So, instead of punishing your dog for chewing, try to redirect his attention to more appropriate objects.If your dog starts chewing on an inappropriate item, simply offer him an appropriate one. When he begins to chew on it, give … Continue reading Chewing in Dogs

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By Sherry Woodard Many dogs have sensitive areas where they would rather not be touched. If you’ve adopted a dog with an unknown past, you may never know what past experiences triggered your dog’s current aversion to having certain areas of his body touched. These past experiences may have included one or more of the following: … Continue reading Teaching Your Dog the Joys of Touch

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