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…


Buying a dog isn’t that hard

I hadn't intended writing a post on buying a dog today, but here we are! So, I did a thing this morning, before sitting down to my desk and trying to figure out which roller coaster I was going to ride today; the productive, lifestyle supporting one, or the merry...

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How to train a dog

When it comes time to learn how to train a dog, the leash and collar is the primary device we use to communicate with them. Whether that collar is a buckle, martingale, chain, prong or electronic, it is still accompanied by a leash that acts as a conduit for...

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Littermate Syndrome In Dogs

Every trainer encounters multiple dogs from the same household more than once in their career. Most of the time owners complain that the dogs no longer 'get along', or are starting to quibble over things like toys, food, or affection. A lot of times, owners are...

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My dog is driving me crazy!

Drive. It's a hot-button, poorly understood and frequently misused word in dog training. Dog trainers talk about building drive, channeling drive, switching drive, engaging drive, all sorts of things that simply determine what the dog is internally motivated by when...

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Dog “parent” or dog “owner”?

I ran a single-question survey on my facebook page the other day. I asked folks to determine if they saw themselves as a dog parent or as a dog owner. I knew going in that the overwhelming answer would be biased towards dog owner because that is my belief, and the...

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Dogs need calm, not calamity

Are you rewarding chaos or calm in your dog? A nice woman wanted a companion for herself and her busy family. Something smallish, easy to groom, easy to keep. This wonderful lady became my client not because the pup was 'bad', but because they wanted to get started on...

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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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