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How To Safely Play Tug With Your Dog

How To Safely Play Tug With Your Dog

Revised on 12/29/22 By: Anthony De Marinis, Certified Dog Behavior Consultant- IAABC, ADT, LFDM, FFCP & Debbie Torraca, DPT, MSPT, CCRP, Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Emeritus   Is it okay to play tug? As dog professionals, we are constantly asked...

Resource Guarding In Dogs

Resource Guarding In Dogs

By Anthony De Marinis, CDBC, ADT, LFDM, FFCP, VSA-DT What Is Resource Guarding? Resource guarding, also known as “possession aggression,” is a behavior a dog displays to control access to a valued resource. What is a valued resource? It is something that particular...

Anthony’s Top 10 Things To Do With Your Puppy

Anthony’s Top 10 Things To Do With Your Puppy

By Anthony De Marinis, CDBC, ADT, CBATI, VSPDT   This weekend I took my puppy Journey hiking off-leash in Connecticut. I was amazed at how many people had their puppies there. It was so great seeing 8-week old and 12-week old puppies on the trail. This is a great...

Dog Training Tips For Success

Dog Training Tips For Success

If there is one thing that I would suggest my clients read before working with us, it would be this blog. It briefly covers a broad range of topics that will help you and your dog(s) be successful. Regardless of whether you are a puppy owner or you have a dog with...

Reasons For Investing In Puppy Training Early On

Reasons For Investing In Puppy Training Early On

Congratulations, you got a puppy! Now what? Puppies Need To Start Training ASAP   You might be thinking that your puppy will already know how to go to the bathroom outside or at least on a weewee pad. Maybe you expect your puppy to know how to be social and...

When should you start training your puppy?

When should you start training your puppy?

One of the most frequently asked questions I get is “When should I start training my puppy?” My answer is always…you guessed it! NOW!!!! When I say now I mean ASAP. Right now. Regardless of whether you are working with a professional or just training on your own,...

Puppy Proofing: Keep Your Puppy and Your Home Safe

Puppy Proofing: Keep Your Puppy and Your Home Safe

by Anthony De Marinis, CDBC   So you got yourself a puppy! Hooray! Puppies are fun and bring out the best in people. But they can also bring out the worst in people to. Living with a puppy can be time-consuming and stressful at times. They need to be managed,...

The Importance of Muzzle Training

The Importance of Muzzle Training

By Anthony De Marinis, CDBC Believe it or not, the use of a muzzle can come in handy even if your dog does not have aggression issues. For most of us the typical response to hearing about the use of a muzzle may be to feel a little uneasy, and that’s not a surprise ...

Hand Targeting

Hand Targeting

By Anthony De Marinis, CDBC Hand targeting or “touch”, is a great behavior to teach for a variety of reasons. A hand target is when you present your hand and the dog bumps his or her nose against your hand. Below is a video I created on how to teach hand targeting....

Resource Guarding Prevention in Puppies

Resource Guarding Prevention in Puppies

Revised 4/7/2021 By Anthony De Marinis, CDBC, ADT, CBATI, VSPDT, TTWC, VSA-DT   Preventing your puppy from becoming possessive of his things can be very important, especially in households with children. Many dog owners think that if a puppy growls or snaps at...

What is Dog Behavior Modification?

What is Dog Behavior Modification?

Revised 9/18/21 By Anthony De Marinis, CDBC, ADT, FDM, CBATI, TTWC, VSA-DT Behavior modification is a treatment approach for changing the undesirable behaviors that your dog exhibits. Behavior modification can address a broad range of issues and is designed to meet...