Our very own Dog Blog for training, nutrition and health.

A collection of articles written by Linda Kaim and occasional guest contributors on the State of Dog.

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Resolutions (or confessions of a fat dog trainer)

The New Year is creeping closer, and already the cash registers at every gym and fitness center on the planet is ringing. The murmurations of every overweight, soft, unfit, couch-riding over-eater can be heard for miles as they flock to the nearest sweatshop for...

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On the Road to a Trained Dog

What a trained dog starts to look like after only 5 weeks of work. Zwei is shown demonstrating the training skills he had learned in the first five weeks of a ten week program. He was just 13 months old. Up to the day this was filmed, Zwei's exposure to this kind of...

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How to train your dog in bad weather

The winter is finally upon us. A little manic depressive behavior for all that, sub zero temperatures for over a week to days in the 60s and 70s. The dogs are struggling with the changes and so are the humans. It has made our training endeavors...interesting. Often we...

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The benefits of training your dog in public

The many things training your dog in public prepares you for are endless. By the same token, there are some things you should prepare for when you venture away from familiar grounds and decide to take your dog training to the next level. I offer a limited-entry Basic...

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8 Minute Dog Training

http://youtu.be/PKG_RAn1feQ One might ask what making coffee has to do with training dogs, but I thought it was an interesting segue since I am constantly harping on my training students to "use it or lose it". A few 10 minute dog training sessions a day is pretty...

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The unintended consequences of USDA APHIS rule 2011-0003

Imagine a world without these dogs: We Need War Dogs More than Ever Paging Dr. Dog Well, that's exactly what could happen if the USDA has it's nefarious way. In it's attempt to clean up either it's act or it's image, the USDA has started this "rule" and it's out the...

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Dog Bite statistics. What they fail to mention…

This week, The State Farm Insurance company released a report on the number of dog bite claims they had received in the year 2011. What I find interesting to note is that children, between the ages of 5 and 15 (predominantly male children) are 900 times more likely to...

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Teaching my puppy about Actions and Consequences

We have spent the last 14 days teaching my puppy how to navigate his world and overcome emotional obstacles. How not to run from strange, unfamiliar things and that curiosity is rewarded. Zwei has successfully learned to follow, to respond to his name, to sit for...

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The Social Animal

http://youtu.be/mKpE3OX2lNY Our pup Zwei will be nine weeks old on Sunday, sometime around 10 pm. He has come far in the weeks since his ears and eyes have opened. He has met probably about 40 or 50 Total Strangers, and many dogs offering him a perspective on the...

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