Are your dog training goals setting you up for failure?
Is your dog a model citizen?
Romeo earns his Advanced Trick Dog Title
Do we expect too much from our adolescent dogs?

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We have recieved a few great reviews for our book, Juvenile Delinquent Dogs:

“Even canine ‘teenagers’ can wreak havoc, and all that foundation work you did early for your puppy may go to waste. This book is very well organized and covers a lot of ground. Do dogs really want to please us? And do they lose this hard wiring as teenagers? When should you punish your pooch, if at all? What do you do for dogs who develop fears (even if they weren’t fearful as puppies)? This book is an excellent resource for avoiding all those juvenile delinquent problems in the first place.” - Steve Dale via the Chicago Tribune

“Juvenile Delinquent Dogs is a strong addition to anyone who wants to nip a puppy behavior before it becomes a lifelong problem” – The Midwest Book Review

Our book is available in print and e-book version on AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE and DOGWISE

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Feel free to contact us with questions or issues you may be having with your dog, feedback about our products or website or anything else dog related.  You can reach us through our contact form here or you can call us - Ed is at 720-262-3740 and Sue is at 720-279-4663.  
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Product Updates:  Online Training Courses


We’ve added a new training course to our website – The Jumping Online Training Module.
 
A common issue with puppies, adolescent dogs and sometimes older dogs, is jumping. Dogs might jump on family members, visitors, or people out in public. Dogs might jump to greet, to play or to get at something. This Module consists of videos and text to walk you through step-by-step solutions to your jumping issues. The text is also in a PDF format that can be downloaded and saved to one’s PC.  
 
As with all of our online training, this module is available 24-hours a day and optimized for all devices, including smartphones and tablets.  The cost for this module is $10, which includes 30 days unrestricted access.  Click here to access.
 

Are your dog training goals setting you up for failure?
 
Most of us do have goals in mind when we start training our dogs. Perhaps it’s the desire to have a dog who displays the best skills of Rin Tin Tin, Lassie, Benji, and The Doberman Gang all rolled into one. Perhaps your goals are less lofty, such as not eating everything off your kitchen counter or dragging you down the street when a bunny suddenly appears.
 
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Is your dog a model citizen?

My Canine Good Citizen Class just wrapped up this past Sunday. Most of the dogs will be taking the CGC Test this coming Sunday. More than likely, some will pass and some will not. Does that mean those who pass are good canine citizens, and those who do not are not? I guess that depends on how you define a good citizen.


Riley, an Old English Sheepdog, passed his CGC test last year

 
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Romeo earns his Advanced Trick Dog Title

For any of you living with smart, high energy dogs, you know it can be a challenge to keep their seemingly limitless brain power and physical energy directed toward constructive activities. If you’ve seen my posts earlier in the week, you know Romeo passed his AKC Canine Good Citizen Test on Sunday. We have also been attending Freestyle classes (and are getting ready to compete soon) as well as working on attaining his Trick Dog Titles through Do More With Your Dog!

Romeo brings me a bucket with flowers
 
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Do we expect too much from our adolescent dogs?
 
While most of the books I read are about dogs, I also do a lot of reading about human behavior. Why? Because while I am a dog trainer and behavior consultant, much of my work really is with the human side of the partnership. So the better I am able to understand both ends of the leash, the better I am able to help my clients. Recently, I read two books that delve into how people make choices. There was some interesting information that seems to be relevant in working with dogs as well.
 
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Sue Brown, MNM, CDBC, CPDT-KA and Ed Soehnel, The wife/husband team of The Light of Dog, with Romeo, our Vizsla. 

Sue conducts all training for Love My Dog Training, our business in metro-Denver, Colorado, since 2004. Sue has been providing dog training and behavior counseling since 1996. She is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and Certified Professional Dog Trainer with over 15 years of experience. She is author of Juvenile Delinquent Dogs: The Complete Guide to Saving Your Sanity and Successfully Living with Your Adolescent Dog, Ask The Trainer: Answers to common questions about dog training and behavior issues, including jumping, leash manners, aggression, fearfulness, and morehas written for the APDT Chronicle of the Dog, and was a contributor to the book The Association of Pet Dog Trainers Top Tips from Top Trainers: 1001 Practical Tips and Techniques for Successful Dog Care and Training published in 2010. She also writes a bimonthly Ask the Trainer column for the Colorado Greyhound Adoption newsletter and is the the Co-Founder of the Colorado Dog Trainers Network, which provides networking, training and dog -related education, business education, and referral sources for trainers in Colorado. Her designations include: approved Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator; Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants; Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers; and, a Professional Member and the Greeter for the State of Colorado of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers.

Ed’s background is leading companies from startup through exit.  He has a strong skill set in product development, marketing and sales.  He splits his time between working on The Light Of Dog and Love My Dog Training , and working with startups and early-stage B2C and B2B2C companies.  More about Ed can be found on his website

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