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Check out this blog for recent dog training tips, behavior articles, dog training videos, and photos!  We'll show you real training that we're doing in and around DC.  Plus, our tips on working with you dog in an urban environment.  

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Posted by gooddogdc on January 20, 2014 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (128)

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Check out my adorable client, Hank, who learned to play dead!  So cute!!!

Puppy Mill

Posted by gooddogdc on January 18, 2014 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (66)

In case you missed it on Facebook, here is our ADORABLE puppy mill client Sandy getting a lesson in confidence from her new friend, Tahiti. They are so cute!!!

Max at 16 Months

Posted by gooddogdc on January 8, 2014 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (72)

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So, his obedience is definitely coming along! You can see one point during this video where a couple comes down the hill with their little baby. I didn't even see them appoaching! Luckily, Max stayed connected. He did get slightly distracted during his heel, but I definitely rewarded anyway with the tug once ...
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Hiking Video

Posted by gooddogdc on December 28, 2013 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (55)

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This is still one of my all time favorite dog activites!  It is a great way to promote your bond with your dog, promote healthy socialization, and practice your training in a real life environment.  For those of us who live in the city, it is a great opportunity to let your dog have ...
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Last Minute Gift Ideas for the Petlover

Posted by gooddogdc on December 23, 2013 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (25)

With the holidays fast approaching, you may still be stuck on what to get for the pet lover in your life. I understand, I am also a last minute gift shopper! Here are my top 5 favorite ideas of things you can get today:

Donation to a local shelter or rescue – The animal lover in you live with adore this gift! It is perfect for the animal lover who already has a lot of pet stuff. Many shelters even have programs where you can sponsor a specific an...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by gooddogdc on November 23, 2013 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (69)

With the holidays fast approaching, it’s a great time to make sure everything is in order for your dog! Here are a few quick tips:

Invest in a few extra chew toys for the holiday season. I really love bully sticks. The 12” ones are a great long-lasting, durable chew toy. I take them away when they get down to swallowing size, one or two inches. Most dogs adore them! I also like to keep several stuffed KONGs ready to go in the freezer. When company g...

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What to do with all that rain?!

Posted by gooddogdc on October 12, 2013 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (12)

After a very wet week, my dogs were starting to get a little stir crazy.  Iry hates being out in the rain, but Max seemed desperate to go.  Despite the downpour, I put on my rainboots and raincoat and headed to the park! Surprisingly, I ended up loving it! There were no other dogs or people there, so we had full use of a giant field. It was an amazing training session for long distance recalls since I could let Max roam as he wanted with no fear of running into anyone. The other ...

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The Long Recall

Posted by gooddogdc on October 11, 2013 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (10)

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This is a video I took recently while we were out hiking.  In it, I am calling Max away from two of his dog friends.  We have practiced recalls like this several times per week since he was a baby puppy.  He now really enjoys them!

#6: 10 Tips from a Professional Dog Trainer

Posted by gooddogdc on October 10, 2013 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (502)

#6. For all of my behavior clients out there, you’ve all heard me say this one a lot! Behavior issues are like gaining weight. Whether your issue is destruction, jumping, barking, fear, or aggression, it’s time to take an honest look at how much behavioral “weight gain” he’s put on.

How severe are your dog’s behavior issues? If he’s put on 30 or 40 lbs of behavioral baggage over several years, it is not going to go away overnight...

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Meet Jaxson!

Posted by gooddogdc on October 8, 2013 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (178)

Last week I had a great training session with a fun, active 2-year-old yorkie mix in foster with Partnership for Animal Welfare.

He is highly food and toy motivated, and in the right home who was committed to training with him, he would be an amazing dog! I think he has potential for obedience, tricks training, and agility so long as he is trained using positive reinforcement methods. Plus he is adorable and house trained!!!  

If you are interested...

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