Lionheart K9's Dog Blog on dog training, nutrition and health

Our very own Dog Blog for training and the State of the Trade in The Age of Wingnuts and Zealots.

A collection of articles written by Linda Kaim on the State of Dog.

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If you are still with me, read on…


Show Dog Obedience

The ‘show dog’ obedience is all about manners, or should be, as it should be with dogs in any discipline. The measure of performance begins and ends in a pass or fail scenario on the field of judgement.

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Dog Training Tools

Dog training tools are generally comprised of a leash and collar that we use to communicate with dogs. Whether that collar is a buckle, martingale, chain, prong, or electronic, it is still accompanied by a leash that acts as a conduit for information that flows both...

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What is a dog trainer?

I have to say, I am almost embarrassed to admit that I am a dog trainer. What used to bring me great pride and incredible fulfillment has become a hotly debated, divisive, contentious, provocative topic. Between the Dog Trainer Wars with various camps extolling the...

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In-home private dog training in Westminster, Maryland

In-Home Private Dog Training in Westminster Maryland Since the pandemic, the climate for small businesses has changed, dramatically. People prefer a more intimate experience when it comes to selecting services, and our recent pivot to in-home private dog training in...

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Dog Behaviorist vs Dog Trainer

What is a Dog Behaviorist? The concept of a dog behaviorist isn't surprising, since the term dog trainer seems to conjure an image of a drooling, toothless troglodyte these days, while the term behaviorist renders the image of a sensitive intellectual steeped in...

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Dog Behavior

The maddening insistence that dog behavior is somehow divorced from dog obedience is an addlepated view of a pretty straightforward problem. Dog behavior is an observable act. When a dog engages in a behavior, he is doing something. Whether that behavior is directed...

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How to choose a dog trainer

How to choose a dog trainer Some years ago, in a discussion of ethics and professionalism in an unregulated industry (that would be dog training), a wise and thoughtful colleague shared his checklist. He's not with us anymore, but his wisdom lives on. Useful, too, for...

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Dog ownership in the 21st Century.

Dog ownership in the 21st Century. What's next? Just like children, dogs are a product of their environment. If your child never goes anywhere or interacts with other children, it’s a fairly high probability that you will be named when your adult child seeks therapy...

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Dog Training Storytime

There really is nothing new under the sun when talking about dog training. Years ago, I was handling a dog at a public event being put on by an animal rescue. We were sort of in between showtimes and resting comfortably under an awning near my truck. Cotton was...

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Groomers take a lot of risks

Groomers are Saints I pay homage to my roots and to all the groomers past and present that have endured the worst of the worst, and still kept their wits about them. This may come across as a bit like kicking a dead horse, if you will forgive the phrase. I am a person...

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