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Howard Ave Studio Closing

Posted by gooddogdc on January 6, 2016 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (5)

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Opening the studio space has been an amazing journey over the last two years. I am so thankful for my friends, family, colleagues and our clients, the entire Good Dog DC family, that has made the studio such a successful and positive place.

 

As some of you have probably guessed, the reason for closing is March is that I am turning a chapter in my own life journey - becoming a human mom! And, while I would love to keep open...

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Fall is here!!!

Posted by gooddogdc on October 9, 2015 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

This is the PERFECT weather to get outside and practice training in distracting and novel environments.  It's also just beautiful weather to get out and exercise yourself and your dog.  We'll be hiking this weekend for sure, what about you?

When should you stop crating your puppy?

Posted by gooddogdc on June 24, 2015 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (1)

Lots of people ask us when they should stop crating their puppy.  Our advice is always to be conservative!  Most puppies are not reliable enough to leave uncrated until they are about 1 year.  Many dogs need to be crated until they are 2 years.  


We recommend having your puppy sleep in a closed crate.  Also, be sure to give your puppy alone time in the crate even when you are home.  This helps to maintain boundaries and independence, as well as ...

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Exercise

Posted by gooddogdc on March 6, 2015 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

So, now that we are battling the never-ending winter, exercise challenges are facing us all!  Signs that your dog might be under exercised - constant barking, whining, jumping, pulling on the leash, intensified separation anxiety, increased reactivity to other dogs or people, increased fearful behavior, and the list goes on...  Basically, for most behavior problems that you are goin...

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Must-Have Training

Posted by gooddogdc on January 23, 2015 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (1)

If you haven’t discovered by now, I LOVE crate training! This is one of my all-time favorite commands. It is really just a modified version of place training, which I also love.

 

Why does crate training work? It gives you a way to easily manage your dog when visitors come over, it is a low-stress way to transport and travel with your dog, it allows you to bring your dog to places but keep her contained and out of the way. Crate training is a must!

 

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Long Overdue!

Posted by gooddogdc on January 19, 2015 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

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Well, I am going to try to be better about writing regular blogs!  This one's going to have to be quick, but check out me and Max on a recent snow day that we had.  What are some of the ways you've been exercising your dog in the cold?

Hot Day Activities

Posted by gooddogdc on July 14, 2014 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)


With summer here in full swing, and temperatures up in 90s today and tomorrow, that leaves many of us with active dogs stuck on what to do to keep them busy! Here are a few tips that might help satisfy your dog and give you a break!


  • Swimming – My all time favorite exercise to do with my dogs! Dogs can take swim lessons at Canine Fi...
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The cure for jumping on visitors, door dashing, nuisance barking and more!

Posted by gooddogdc on June 20, 2014 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)



Check out my clients, Stella and Harry, showing off their place training. Aren’t they cute?!


Place training is one of my all time favorite commands to teach. It is terrific for getting the dog away from the door when someone is coming in, it is terrific for impulse control, it is a great non-punishing way to break up escalating play between two dogs, it is great...

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Healthy Play with a Size Difference

Posted by gooddogdc on May 31, 2014 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

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Remember that article in the Post from last week?  It got me thinking about healthy play and how few videos are there promoting healthy play in the dog training world.  My two dogs don't play a lot, but they do occassionally they do.  Last night, I was lucky enough to have my i...

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Long Recall Practice

Posted by gooddogdc on May 26, 2014 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

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This is one of my favorite exercises to practice.  Have a friend hold your dog as you run away.  When you get a good distance away, call your dog.  Your dog will likely fly to find you since he will be frustrated at not being able to go with you when you ...

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