Top 20 Do’s and Don’ts when Training your Dog

Hey Dog lovers,

As some of you may know I am going for my Professional Dog Training Certificate and am 2 weeks away from completing it, just need to take the final exam!!

For the past few months I have been working at MasterPeace Dog Training in Franklin MA. where I am a assistant Dog Trainer. I work with owners and their dogs on basic obedience and puppy social skills. It has been a great experience to learn from some awesome trainers.

Within these classes there are some basic do’s and don’ts of training to at least consider when training or thinking of training your dog.

This will be broken up into a total of 3 posts, this being the first and introduction one, very short and sweet as I wanted to ensure you understand what information is coming to you in the next two weeks.

01.23.18: Do’s of Training 

01.30.18 Don’ts of Training 

It will be a list format and any side information I think may be necessary will be shared as well.

Please comment and share your training experiences as well as I love using other peoples knowledge as a resource2.

Thanks for reading dog lovers. Have a great week!

Winter has arrived!

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10 Best Dog Foods

Hey Dog Lovers,

My stepdad recently shared with me a list of the top 10 Dog Foods both dry and wet foods from Dog Food Adviser, I have linked to the review as to not take away from their research. Enjoy!

**These are in specific order.**

Acana Regional s Dog Food – Dry-5 Stars

Fromm Family Gold Dog Food- Wet – 4.5 Stars 


Holistic Select Grain Free (Canned) – Wet- 5 Stars 


Horizon Legacy Dog Food – Dry- 5 Stars


Merrick Grain Free Dog Food- Dry- 5 Stars 




Nature’s Variety Instinct Dog Food – Dry – 5 Stars



Pinnacle Peak Protein Formula Dog Food- Dry-5 Stars 



Taste of the Wild – Wet- 5 Stars 



Victor Grain Free Dog Food – Dry- 5 Stars 


Wellness Core Dog Food – Dry- 5 Stars 



Thanks for reading dog lovers. Have a great week!

Winter has arrived!

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10 New Years Resolutions for you and your dog

Hey Dog Lovers,

Happy New Year! Hope  you and your fur babies all stayed safe and enjoyed time off  from work. I have conjured up some New years resolutions to consider for you and your dog.

Measuring your dogs food at each meal. – I know I am hugely guilty of this one as I tend to eye out the cup and think its good, but no one want to hear from their vets (like I did) that your dog could afford to lose some weight.

Make sure your dog gets proper socialization- whether that be on a stroll in the park, on the sidewalk, in your yard socialization is key with any dog to avoid developing problems such as aggression, fear and or anxiety towards other people or dogs.

Try and new Activity with your Dog- A great way to bond with your dog both mentally and physically stimulate both of you. Being active is a great way to bond, such as hiking, training classes , or breed based activities such as herding for my cattle dog Aussie.  

Visit Your Vet – Regular Checkups and important in maintaining your dogs health. From checking their weight and making sure their up to date on all their vaccinations its better to be safe then sorry.

Play More– Your dog lives to spend with you. You are their favorite part of the day and time with you means everything. Engaging is a great way to make them feel part of the pack. Ten minutes to you throwing the ball, or tugging on a rope feels like a lot to them.

Groom your Dog Daily-  A great way to bond with your dog, and serves medical purposes. Brushing your dogs fur reduces shedding and helps distributes oils into the fur that help to keep the coat shiny and healthy. The soothing nature of grooming deepens the bond of trust between you and your dog.

Don’t Forget Their Teeth  – Although its not the most glamorous part of owning a dog, but it has a broad impact on their health. Tartar build up can cause a series of health problems that extend past basic hygiene. Dental treats are: Carrots and Celery and I personally recommend Denta Chews, my dogs love them.

Teach your Dog a New Trick- This is fun for both of you- high fives, play dead, roll over, the options are limitless. Plus showing them off is fun as well. This also helps with mental stimulation keeping them sharp and having fun interacting.

Keep your Dogs ID Tags and Trackers Updated– A lot can change in a year, you move, change phone numbers and technology changes as well. Keep all information on your pets updated in all systems that apply.

Consider Adding a Dog to your Family or Fostering- You can never have too many dogs, unless the situation limits you (behavior problems, lack of space or money) adopting or fostering a dog is a great way to give back.

Resolutions are a fun way to start the new year on a positive and productive note.

Thanks for reading dog lovers. Have a great week!

Winter is in full swing!

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