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Puppy Training Tips

Puppy Training Tips

Help with Housetraining

Help with Housetraining

Teaching your dog to eliminate outdoors takes patience, common sense, and realistic expectations. Housetraining is your dog’s first training experience and it is important that you make this first experience a good one.

by Beth Ostrowski-Parks, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA


Shopping List and Planning for the Perfect Dog

Shopping List and Planning for the Perfect Dog

Starting off right is always helpful when you begin your journey with your new puppy or dog.  Because of that and confusion over some items that may attract you, I wanted to give you a little help in your decision making.  There is so much out there in the stores and on-line.  Let me help you get to important minimum to effectively train and care for your new friend.

by Beth Ostrowski-Parks, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA


Your New Puppy

Your New Puppy

By now, you are either really excited about your new puppy and having a great time, or you are wondering: "What have I done to my life!?" In my business I've heard mostly these two extremes when people call for puppy classes or behavior work.

by Beth Ostrowski-Parks, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA


Crate Training Your New Puppy

Crate Training Your New Puppy

A crate is your absolute best management tool. I cannot imagine bringing up a well-behaved puppy without a crate.

by Beth Ostrowski-Parks, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA


Exercise and Management for Puppies

Exercise and Management for Puppies

At It's PAWSible! our motto is "A tired dog is a good dog." The times that you will have the most struggles with your new puppy is when he or she has not gotten enough physical exercise or mental stimulation.

by Beth Ostrowski-Parks, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA


10 Steps to a Successful Adoption

10 Steps to a Successful Adoption

Here are 10 steps to a sucessful dog adoption!

Following these 10 steps will help prevent problems and help you have the dog of your dreams.

by Beth Ostrowski-Parks, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA


Feeding Your New Puppy

Feeding Your New Puppy

When your puppy is younger than 5 months of age, it's best if you can feed him 3 times a day. If you cannot due to your work schedule, two meals will be fine.

by Beth Ostrowski-Parks, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA


Crazy about Dog Body Language, Part 1

Crazy about Dog Body Language, Part 1

Learning how to read dog body language will make you an even better trainer for your puppy or dog.
 
This is my favorite topic when I'm teaching new students. Even after 25 years of doing what I do, I STILL study it. It's fascinating to me and I feel it only helps people learn more about training their puppies and dogs.
by Beth Ostrowski-Parks, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA


Crazy about Dog Body Language, Part 2

Crazy about Dog Body Language, Part 2

This is a continuation of my series on how dogs communicate.  This newsletter is about your dog's mouth.  Dog's communication can be very clear, but most often the communication between two canines or between canines and humans can be very subtle.  Dog's communicate constantly, even when you don't realize they are.

by Beth Ostrowski-Parks, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA


Crazy about Dog Language, Part 3

Crazy about Dog Language, Part 3

In the last two dog body language articles, I talked about how your dog’s eyes and how your dog’s mouth communicates his feelings towards other dogs and people.  But, when you are trying to read a dog’s communication, you have to look at his whole body to really get the full picture of what is in his mind in the moment.

by Beth Ostrowski-Parks, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA


Nothing in Life is Free

Nothing in Life is Free

Nothing in Life is Free!  (NLIF)
Also referred to as "Say Please!"

One of the questions that people ask in classes at It's PAWSible! is: "How much time should I spend doing my homework?"

 

by Beth Ostrowski-Parks, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA


Top 6 Tips to Successfully Train your Dog

Top 6 Tips to Successfully Train your Dog

Top 6 Training Tips for Successful Dog Training

by Beth Ostrowski-Parks, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA


Training Myths Debunked

Training Myths Debunked

So you just acquired a new dog or puppy and you know that you must provide him with food and water, but did you know the dog's greatest need is for companionship?  That's right, companionship is more important to your dog than food.  That is a fact!

by Beth Ostrowski-Parks, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA


Avoiding Damaging Training Methods

Avoiding Damaging Training Methods

It's so sad to know that with all the books and better trained dog trainers out there that there are still some old and just plain bad dog training methods still being used...

by Beth Ostrowski-Parks, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA


Summertime Safety

Summertime Safety

The summer can be a fun time for your dog to play, but it can also be dangerous.  Things to keep in mind during the hot months...

by Beth Ostrowski-Parks, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA


Improving Your Dog's Recall

Improving Your Dog's Recall

Training your dog to come when called is the most important skill we can teach our dogs! When a dog doesn’t come when called, there could be a major danger lurking in that dog’s future!  Why? If your dog is running towards the road and you cannot successfully get your dog to come when you call, that could be a disaster.
 
Here are some ideas on how to keep your dog coming to you every time you call!
by Beth Ostrowski-Parks, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA


The Power of Being Nice

The Power of Being Nice

I have a couple of acquaintances and colleagues that are Veterinarians.  Recently I interviewed one to give my clients a look into that profession.

But, I wanted to share with you something that was a little upsetting to hear from two Veterinarians in the last week.



Teaching your Dog to Wait at the Door

Teaching your Dog to Wait at the Door

Is it sometimes a struggle for you to get in and out of doors with your dog?  Does your dog try to leap out of your vehicle before you can get a leash on him?

by Beth Ostrowski-Parks, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA


Games; Fun Training Tools

Games; Fun Training Tools

Play should always be considered training and training should be considered play. Interactive games that make you look like a trusted, respected friend are best.

by Beth Ostrowski-Parks, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA


Words from a Professional Groomer

Words from a Professional Groomer

This interview is with a Professional Groomer.

At It’s PAWSible!, I performed quite a bit of grooming for about 2 years here along with a Professional Groomer at my side to learn from.  I loved it.  We had our own Grooming Van for a while.  But I quickly realized that groomers are way under paid for the job they perform.  The profession, in my opinion, is way under valued and under respected.  You may have even heard that joke:  “ I pay more for my dog’s grooming then I do to get my own hair cut!”

by Beth Ostrowski-Parks, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA