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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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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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 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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