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    Did you welcome a puppy into your home during the Pandemic?

      It’s Spring and I remember April of 2014 when we adopted Charlee at 4 months old.  She had been found on a back road of Eastern Washington and hadn’t had the opportunity for early puppy socialization or puppy foundations.  We had some catching up to do. Animal adoptions have soared during 2020 and into 2021.  It’s fantastic that we have been at home to bond with our dogs, but class training opportunities may have been limited in your area. It’s Spring, and I will be offering a Puppy Time Class (4-6 month-old puppies) in April.  It will give you and your puppy a place to work together and to…

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    Training

    Are You Ready for Spring Training?

    A lot has happened during this last year since we have been in touch. As both a dog trainer and owner, I’ve spent hours learning new skills to serve you, my clients.  Since we have spent more time at home, I’ve been able to reinforce daily routines more consistently with Piper and Charlee and build new behaviors.  Piper has even had a chance to be my demo dog in videos and during Zoom Sessions.  I think he likes the attention from “Mom” and the opportunity to earn treats!  Here are some of the new happenings with Four Paws Dog Training since you last worked with us. A new website with information about…

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    Training Moments

    “How long each day do I train my dog?” Every moment is a training moment in the life of your dog.  We are teaching and training all the time.  Training skills within your typical daily routines in small increments (2-3 minutes) provides practice, repetition and reinforcement.  Let’s look at training moments you can build into your day. Meal Times: Practice “Sit”, “Wait”, and “Free” as you place the food bowl on the floor.  Cue your dog to sit and to wait. As the bowl goes down if your dog breaks the sit/wait, the bowl goes up. Try again. It may only be a second or two that you can get…

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    Search and Find Fun with a Snuffle Mat

      Does your dog like to “search and find”? Mine do!    Dogs by nature like to forage and work for their food.  A Snuffle Mat is a great way for them to search and find their food.  It exercise their senses and they have fun. Snuffle Mats use a kitchen sink mat as the base and have fleece strips tied on to it.   When completed it looks like a big fluffy mop head with lots of places to hide yummy treats for your dog. Hide your dog’s complete meal in the snuffle mat or just part of their kibble for the day as a brain game.  Exercising your dog’s…

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    Hiking,  Puppies,  Training

    Hiking with a Puppy

    We all envision hiking with our puppy and hitting the trail for a great adventure.  Here are a few facts and tips to know about hiking with your puppy. Puppies are growing at a rapid rate during their first year.  There bones, joints and muscles are growing and changing rapidly as they move through puppyhood into adolescence.  One of the biggest concerns for both dogs and humans alike can be the repetitive movements that hiking or running on surfaces can have on our joints.  Dogs can get a torn or ruptured Cranial Cruciate Ligament.  The ligament connects the back of the femur (the bone above the knee) with the tibia…

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    Training

    Silver Lining: Online Dog Training

    Life in the times of COVID-19 has created a “new normal” for the world.  At a business and personal level there have been challenges.  Along with those challenges have come some “Silver Linings.”  In the Dog Training business, much of our contact is 1-1 or in small group classes.  Four Paws Dog Training was no exception.  The “Silver Lining” is that Four Paws Dog Training is now offering Online Dog Training. I was a bit skeptical about how it would work, even though I have done on-line webinars, classes and Zoom with family and friends. Can I train a dog from afar?  No hands-on?  Based upon my new experiences for…