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Dogs Must Love Water! Safety First & Then for Fun

We live on a 380-acre lake, our land goes right into the middle of it. We also have a large...
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Training Your Pet

Well Done Bailey – How Not to Poison Your “Come” Request!

Today I enjoyed a fun 'training' session with Bailey at the kennels where he is staying. Bailey has the habit...
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Pet Care Articles & Tips

A Conversation with a Beagle

    I have just had the pleasure of two gorgeous girls enjoying a mini DogSmith Vacation with me.  The...
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Have Fun While You Learn a New Language – Learn To Speak Dog!

  By Niki Tudge An excerpt taken Chapter One of  A Kids Comprehensive Guide to Speaking Dog . This chapter...
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Blogs To Help You Train Your Dog

A Simple Explanation of Respondent Conditioning

As a dog training professional many of your clients will present behavioral or training challenges that are a result of...
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Pet Care Articles & Tips

Keep your four-legged family members safe and healthy during the holiday season.

  There are many new things happening around the house during the holiday season, visitors coming and going, new scents...
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Dog Training Professionals

The LAB System – A Suitable Humane Approach Without A Hierarchy for Force-Free Pet Trainers

There are several versions of the Humane Hierarchy around and available for dog trainers and behavior consultants to use and...
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Niki's Pondering

Type – Delete – Reset. Manage your social media activity. Your friendships, business and mental health deserve it!

I spend about an hour each day, broken down into short time periods, on social Media. Most of my postings...
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Dog Training Professionals Training Your Pet

A Dog’s Hierarchy of Rewards

In 2014, I published a blog post entitled Jambo’s Hierarchy of Rewards in which I discussed the different reinforcers I...
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Dog Training Professionals

The Downward Spiral of The Family Pet Dog

Written by Niki Tudge Copyright 2017 If putting a human, by nature a social being, in jail or solitary confinement...
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Dog Training Professionals Training Your Pet

Rewards and Positive Reinforcement Consequences

The language we use when discussing our training methods can sometimes be slightly misleading.  Much discussion is given to the...
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People Training Skills

To Teach or To Train?

  By Niki Tudge Whether we train, teach, or both, what are we ultimately impacting? Buckingham and Coffman (1999) differentiate...
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Blogs To Help You Train Your Dog

Dog Training or Behavior Consulting – What’s the difference?

  Listen to a five minute podcast about the DogSmith and our  training and behavior services. There is a difference...
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Open Your Own Business

So You Want To Become A Dog Trainer?

by Niki Tudge Many people working professionally in the pet care industry have different letters or alphabet soup as I...
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Open Your Own Business

The Marketing Equation That Works!

The Marketing Equation Once you have a marketing plan in place I can guarantee it will include activities like social...
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Dog Training Professionals

Marketing for Service Practitioners

  In the pet industry, most of your clients will come from referrals, usually from professional pet-related organizations like humane...
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Blogs To Help You Train Your Dog

The Science of Force-Free Learning: How Our Pets Learn!

Introduction  Here at the DogSmith, professional members of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG), we like to focus on building relationships...
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Blogs To Help You Train Your Dog

Pet Owners – Advocate for Your Pets!

According to the American Pet Products Association (2017), 68 percent of Americans return home to a pet (or pets) each...
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Blogs To Help You Train Your Dog

DogSmith Board and Train Programs

So Much Dog, So Little Time! With Your Busy Schedule, Leave The Training To Us. Wouldn’t it be great if...
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Pet Care Articles & Tips Training Your Pet

Teaching Your Dog to Like Praise

Teaching Your Dog to Like Praise   Praise must be rewarding to your dog in order for you to use...
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