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Is Your Dog Giving You A Hard Time? Or Is Your New Puppy More Than You Bargained For?

Whether your current pup has developed into a difficult roommate or your new one is more of a handful than you expected, training can feel daunting if you don’t know where to start. That’s where we come in – we offer expert at-home training for dogs and puppies in the Waco area.

Our focus is on building confidence in your dog and giving you the tools for success. We want to help you create a happy, healthy, and well-mannered companion that will make your family proud. Training your dog doesn’t have to be hard or frustrating – let us show you how easy and fun it can be!

Read on to find the perfect at-home training program for you!


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🐶 What Is Tug Of War Good For?

You`ve probably heard a lot of myths about tug of war, like:
❌ Playing tug makes dogs aggressive
❌ Letting the dog win makes them think they`re in charge
❌ Tug of war encourages stealing things

🎉 As a certified dog trainer, I am happy to tell you that you should ABSOLUTELY play tug-of-war with your dog!

🤝 Humans may use tug-of-war to be competitive, but the origin in dogs is actually cooperative. Tug-of-war simulates canines working together to rip apart a carcass. Ever notice that when your dog gets the toy, they run off to dissect it? They`re enjoying their meal ration!

Tug-of-war is great for:
✅ Physical exercise
✅ Mental enrichment
✅ Bonding with your dog through play
✅ Redirecting dogs who get mouthy
✅ Meeting their need to chew and dissect
✅ Teaching dogs to carry objects
✅ Teaching dogs to drop objects
✅ Building a foundation for fetch skills
✅ Creating a non-food reward option
✅ And maximum ear floppage 😂

🏆 And by the way - YES, you should let them win often! Who wants to play a game that they always lose? Just remember these rules:
***Always tug side to side or backward/forward, never up and down.
***Only play tug with an item you`re comfortable with your dog having.

👩🏼‍⚕️Talk with your veterinarian if you have any concerns about your dog`s teeth, but rest assured that playing tug is safe from a behavior perspective!

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My clients usually say they tried training their dog on their own, but it didn`t seem to come together for real life. This is where having a certified dog trainer by your side really helps. We can see where your dog is starting, where you want them to be, and all the tiny steps in between that are often missed. We`re behavior nerds like that 🤓

Harvey has a habit of dashing out the front door, especially if there is something interesting on the other side. So here`s what we worked on:

1) Staying put when his person simply takes a step away from him.
2) Staying when his person takes multiple steps away from him.
3) Staying when his person walks out of sight briefly.
4) Staying while his person walks towards a door.
5) Staying while his person turns the knob and opens it a crack.
6) Staying while his person opens the door all the way.
7) Staying while his person opens the door and walks outside.
8) Staying while his person opens the door, walks outside, grabs a package, and brings it back inside.

I bet that`s more steps than you imagined! By breaking this situation down into small, digestible pieces for Harvey, this team was able to reach this level of proficiency without frustration and within a couple weeks.

👇 What behaviors are you currently working on so you can use it in real life? Let me know in the comments!

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