Trick or Treat Giveaway! Train Your Dog to Back Up

Trick or Treat Giveaway! Train Your Dog to Back Up

Halloween is almost here! We don’t dress up the pups in the McSquare household, but we do like tricks AND treats, so we’re pretty excited to be part of this year’s Trick or Treat Giveaway Hop! We’ve teamed up with several blogger friends to create training tutorials for a variety of dog tricks AND give away almost $1500 in prizes.

Pssst…if you visit all 19 blogs, you can enter 19 different times!

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Book Review: 101 Dog Tricks by Kyra Sundance and Chalcy

Book Review: 101 Dog Tricks by Kyra Sundance and Chalcy

Early in 2017, Matthew, Bernie, and I took a tricks class with our Labradoodle Bernie. We missed a few classes and did not focus on practicing the dog tricks at home consistently. Since then, I’ve tried to reinforce the few tricks that we did learn together, but I haven’t added anything truly new.

Our trainer is a Certified Trick Dog Instructor, so she’s shared information about the various trick dog titles offered through Kyra Sundance’s Do More With Your Dog! If you haven’t checked out her website, give it a click. The rainbow ribbons and certificates are definitely motivating!

Since we’re training Bernie to be a therapy dog, we decided to add in more tricks training. Who wouldn’t want to see a few fun tricks during a therapy dog visit? 101 Dog Tricks is a handy reference for our continuing therapy dog journey.

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Bernie's Book Nook Adventure at Dog-Friendly Bookmans

Bernie's Book Nook Adventure at Dog-Friendly Bookmans

Bernie McSquare prides himself on being a well-read Labradoodle, so one of his favorite dog-friendly places to visit in Tucson is Bookmans Entertainment Exchange.

I like browsing for books and working on some of Canine Good Citizen skills in a friendly environment. Bookmans East has several comfy chairs throughout the store. As we walked by, several people made "awww" sounds, so I asked if they wanted to meet Bernie. In addition to practicing walking through crowds nicely, we were also practicing sitting politely for petting.

Plus we found some great photo opportunities!

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Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs in Tucson, Arizona

Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs in Tucson, Arizona

Living in the Sonoran Desert with active dogs means being prepared to deal with desert dangers. While there are numerous forms of threatening wildlife here, the rattlesnake is one predator whose bite can be painful, costly, and even deadly. Rattlesnake avoidance training helps your dog gain a critical skillset to potentially protect himself and you.

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Practicing 5 Key Canine Good Citizen Skills in Every Day Destinations

Practicing 5 Key Canine Good Citizen Skills in Every Day Destinations

If you're training your dog to be a therapy dog, you may be feeling overwhelmed at the number of skills you and your dog must master. 

Visiting a variety of places is important. Each destination holds new sniffs and distractions for your dog. If you want to gauge whether or not your dog will respond on cue, then exploring a variety of settings is a valuable use of your time.

This practice will also offer you different opportunities to work on distinct skills to help your dog become a certified therapy dog. 

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Park Obedience Class Strengthens My Bond with Lizzie

Park Obedience Class Strengthens My Bond with Lizzie

Are you looking for a flexible dog obedience training class that fits your busy lifestyle?

After Lizzie graduated from Puppy Obedience Class, I needed just that! Ruff House Dog Training & Behavior Modification offers a drop-in Dog Obedience Park Class, which is a perfect way for me and my favorite girl to spend an afternoon.

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#AtoZ Challenge: Z is for Zeal

#AtoZ Challenge: Z is for Zeal

Zeal. Gusto. Passion. 

Remember to find joy while you're working with your dog. Isn't that part of why you wanted a companion?

If you and your pup are enjoying your time together, you'll both be more motivated  to learn and to bond. How could you not be successful?

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#AtoZ Challenge: Y is for Year-to-Year Progress

#AtoZ Challenge: Y is for Year-to-Year Progress

Do not fixate on what your dog is not learning. Or on a stumbling block that you’re trying to hurdle.

You can't teach every cue all at once, and your dog certainly can't learn everything you want him to learn in one eight-week puppy obedience class.

Focus on the progress you're making from one year to the next. When you take the time to reflect on your dog's behavior from last year and compare it to present behavior, you're going to see improvements.

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Practical Dog Training Tips for Busy People: X is for eXperts

Practical Dog Training Tips for Busy People: X is for eXperts

I'm cheating with my letter X. I know, but working with qualified and knowledgeable dog experts is incredibly important for you and your dog. 

While you'll want to find a veterinarian, groomer, pet sitter, and maybe even a dog walker who work best with your pack, you don't want to overlook the importance of a professional obedience trainer.

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#AtoZ Challenge: W is for Weather

#AtoZ Challenge: W is for Weather

Weather, especially inclement weather can work in your favor for training opportunities! Whether you’re taking advantage of the wind, light rain, or thunderstorms, you and your dog can have a blast training during distracting weather conditions.

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