The McSquares Continue Therapy Dog Training the Day after Christmas

The McSquares Continue Therapy Dog Training the Day after Christmas

Lizzie and Bernie McSquare watch Harry, a Labradoodle puppy, show off the skills he learned during his three week residential training at Adolescent Dogs in the United Kingdom. That British pup is a credit to all Labradoodles.

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Making New Friends at the Dog Park

Making New Friends at the Dog Park

After three weeks at home, both Bernie and Lizzie were thrilled to spend an evening enjoying the cool crisp desert air at Naranja Dog Park chasing their Chuckit balls, wrestling with one another, and making some new friends. 

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Book Review: Citizen Canine: Ten Essential Skills Every Well-Mannered Dog Should Know by Mary R. Burch, PhD

Book Review: Citizen Canine: Ten Essential Skills Every Well-Mannered Dog Should Know by Mary R. Burch, PhD

I read this official training publication of the American Kennel Club over several months. While you could easily read this book in a weekend, you could also opt to read a chapter here and there. Since the chapters are organized by each of the ten tasks a dog must demonstrate to earn the title Canine Good Citizen, you could also read these chapters in any order.

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Home Spaw Experience

Home Spaw Experience

Time for a paw bath!

After afternoon walks through our new neighborhood of dense Sonoran Desert flatland, Bernie and Lizzie McSquare can have some dusty and grimy paws. 

Thankfully, our home has a separate tub with a flexible rainfall shower head extender that makes washing and rinsing just their paws a quick and easy task.

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Trying a Behavioral Down: Building Pup Confidence?

Trying a Behavioral Down: Building Pup Confidence?

Our trainer explained this confidence building exercise called a controlled down. Since I'm always looking for new exercises to help prepare the pups to be therapy dogs, I listened carefully. Unfortunately, I didn't write any of the instructions down, so when I gave this exercise a try a few weeks later, I was going off my memory of watching her demonstration in class.

The idea is that you put your dog on a leash with no distractions around. You give the dog enough lead so that he can sit. Create an atmosphere of complete boredom, give the pup no where to go, wait until he stops fighting the boredom by wrestling around, and he lies down. Twice.

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