• Protected: Private Consultations

    Protected: Private Consultations

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  • Destructive Behavior in Dogs

    Destructive Behavior in Dogs

    Preventing and Eliminating Destructive Behaviors It is normal for dogs to explore the world with their mouths. However, dogs may not choose the safest or most appropriate chewing items as they get used to their space. Until your dog has …

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  • Managing Mouthy Dogs

    Managing Mouthy Dogs

    Reasons a Dog May Put Their Mouth on You There are many reasons a dog may put their mouth on you, and your dog may end up doing so for not one but many reasons: During playtime To get your …

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  • Dog-to-Dog Introductions

    Dog-to-Dog Introductions

    Be Calm When introducing two dogs to each other it is very important to be as calm as possible. Any anxiety or apprehension we have at the time will travel right down the leash to the dog. Dogs are experts …

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  • Housetraining

    Housetraining

    Housetraining is all about teaching your dog the right place to eliminate and rewarding them for doing so. Sounds so simple, right? Well this process takes time and repetition. Even if a dog has a history of housetraining in their …

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  • What to Know About Muzzles

    What to Know About Muzzles

    Why Muzzles are Important Muzzles may not be the most appealing piece of dog gear to own, but it may be one of our most essential pieces of equipment when properly used. The popular view of dogs in muzzles is …

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  • Introducing Cats and Dogs

    Introducing Cats and Dogs

    Introducing a New Cat to a Resident Dog When bringing a new cat into a home with an existing dog, taking a few precautionary measures and a bit of preparation can mean the difference between a future of peaceful inter-species …

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  • Food and Resource Guarding

    Food and Resource Guarding

    Food or resource guarding is when a dog displays behavior meant to keep someone from taking away something very important to them. This is perfectly normal and natural behavior for a dog — like digging or barking.

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  • Living and Learning with a Fearful Dog

    Living and Learning with a Fearful Dog

    Living with a fearful dog can be an entirely new experience for even long term dog owners. There are many degrees of fearful dogs and your dog may slide up and down the spectrum depending upon their skills and the …

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  • Crate Training for Foster Families

    Crate Training for Foster Families

    Make the crate a fun and happy place to be. Allow your foster to be able to access the crate whenever they want by keeping the crate in the space where your foster will be spending a lot of time. …

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  • Separation Anxiety and How to Prevent It

    Separation Anxiety and How to Prevent It

    Keep departures and arrivals low-key. During the 10-15 minutes before you leave the house, strive for a calm, neutral atmosphere. Avoid grand gestures of hugging, kissing, or petting with your dog.  If your dog has previously shown any signs of …

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  • What is Positive Reinforcement?

    What is Positive Reinforcement?

    “The way positive reinforcement is carried out is more important than the amount.” – B.F. Skinner Here at ARF, the method of training we use (for both dogs and cats) is called “positive reinforcement.” Positive reinforcement works by using praise …

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