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Ask MM Reply - Bolting Dogs!

Taylor Slavidar writes:  This is a great question because it addresses the basic problem most dogs have with doors, or going in and out of an entrance of any kind. The pulling on the walk can actually sometimes be eliminated j...
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Ask MM - How Can I Stop My Dog From Licking?

Michele Asten writes,    Dear Michele, Some people fidget with their hair; others smoke cigarettes; I bite my fingernails. Your dog licks. All of these are mildly dissociative activities that may signal emotional or psycholo...
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Feed What You Want to See Grow, Starve What You Want to See Fade

Donna C. Kentoffio writes, As they say, “what you feed will grow”. What this means with regard to our dogs’ behavior is that we should reward behavior we like, and be careful not to reward behavior we don’t like. Chan...
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“Ask MM” Training Post: How to stop dog aggression in your dog

Ok, I got several emails over the week involving some type of dog-to-dog aggression question. Rather than pick one situation, I decided to talk about aggression as a whole…Ibelieve that most aggression comes from fear, and/or...
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Ask MM - Loud Noises Freak My Dog OUT!

K’Lyn writes: Hello K’Lyn, Thanks for writing in about your dogs’ fear of loud noises. I’m sure this is one a lot of people can relate to. If not, loud noises, there are so many other things dogs become ...
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Ask MM - Nervous Pee!

Kelli asked: Ok, first let’s talk about potty behavior…Liz calls it “partying in the house” haha. Either way, it’s usually some type of communication when dogs go to the bathroom. Whether it’s outside marking or ner...
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Ask MM: Zen and the Art of Walking the Dog

Gena Moore asks, Dear Gena, I find that walking multiple dogs is really not much different than walking one dog – as long as you’re walking efficiently, and with a vision of calm, cool control guiding you. I weigh 105 lbs, ...
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Ask MM Reply - 14 March 2022

This question comes from Cheryl Main Nickel: This is pretty common behavior in dogs. Doesn’t make it ok. Dogs use their teeth (biting, showing teeth), growling, barking and lunging to communicate and mostly to create space ar...
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Ask MM Reply - March 13, 2022

Ruth Wybrant writes, Dear Ruth, So, you know how, when referring to extra-marital affairs people will say things like “the affair isn’t the problem, it is a ‘symptom’ of the problem”? Well, I belie...
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Reflections of a Service Dog Trainer

My job over the last year has been to train a Labrador puppy as a service dog for a child with autism. Having graduated with an A.S. in Assistance Dog Education from Bergin University of Canine Studies last spring, I was thrill...
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Coming Soon

Mutt Militia - Keep your eyes on Facebook for a new feature, “Ask MM”.  You will get a limited amount of time to ask your questions of our stellar Trainers, Lisa and Liz!  They will comb through your questions and...
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Ask MM - “My New Dog Won’t Eat”

Keep your eye on the website and Facebook for a new feature where you, the Mutt Militia, can submit questions to the MM team about your doggie situation.  The format is still coming together, and we hope this will be a weekly ...
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Fred meets the Big Bad Vacuum

As do many dogs, Fred gets a little flipped out when the vacuum comes out and starts growling and approaching him menacingly. This simple exercise helped Fred to see the vacuum as a cue to lay down and be calm, rather than seei...
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Sunday Training Post!

Training post guys!! I wanted to talk a bit about our boy Buford. I mentioned yesterday that he treated Jaycee, the 3 year old in his new foster home, like a toy. What I meant was, he got super excited upon seeing her, knocked ...
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How to Achieve Calm and Relaxed State Before Rehab

How to achieve a calm/ relaxed state with your dog before beginning rehab. Training Post!! Hey guys, we talk a lot about getting dogs to a calm, relaxed state before beginning any actual training, or in most cases, desensitizin...
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Fred Has Issues (Don’t We All!)

Fred Has Issues (Don’t We All!) Fred and I enjoyed our afternoon with the ladies at Restoration Ranch. For those who don’t know, RR is a transitional home for women who have left life on the streets for life with a ...
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Zen & The Art of Walking the Dog

Reposted from: FRiSKY FiTNESS Fred and I are thoroughly enjoying a couple of days with a friend in San Diego following our time in Long Beach. As always, we are using our time together for two purposes: to work and to play. One...
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Stop Fence Fighting and Uncontrolled Barking

Most of us have dogs that love to fence fight. There’s a ton of showing off, posturing, challenging, and very little risk. Pretty passive aggressive if you ask me. The dog in this video recently moved to a new home with h...
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Basic Scenting Techniques with Liz and Fred

There are different schools of thought when it comes to service dogs for children with autism. Some organizations’ philosophy is that an autism service dog’s repertoire should include search and rescue skills, as au...
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Systematic Desensitization for Fear, Aggression, Excitement and Anxiety

Many of you have asked how I specifically deal with fear, aggression, excitement & anxiety in dogs. While it always depends on the issue, the method I use the most is called Systematic Desensitization. Desensitization basic...
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Dog Aggression and Excitement

Training post guys!! So most dog aggression starts with too much excitement, or maybe I should say stimulation, which escalates into fight/flight or “aggressive” behaviors. Those behaviors (snapping, lunging, runnin...
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