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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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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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!

My Dog Is Driving Me Crazy! Drive. It's a hot-button, poorly understood and frequently misused word in dog training. Dog owners want their dogs to stop driving them crazy. Dog trainers talk about building drive, channeling drive, switching drive, engaging drive, all...

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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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