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Five Ways Our Dogs Rescue Us

As National Rescue Dog Day approaches on May 20, let’s flip the script, and think about the ways that sometimes our dogs rescue us: Inspiration – Little did I know when we adopted a dog in 2003 that my life would soon go to the dogs! The original Inquisitive Canine, Poncho Gonzales Hunter Mayer sparked my interest in understanding the science of animal learning. … Read More
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A Pawsitive Cultural Shift in Dog Training

The Inquisitive Canine is a force-free zone.  Albert Einstein once said, “Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.” We agree – and find that training your dog is a fun way to strengthen your bond through collaborative understanding. We are proud to be part of the pawsitive cultural shift in dog training, using methods that enhance the human-canine … Read More
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Should You Let Your Dog Sleep in Your Bed with You?

In my 16 plus years’ experience as a dog trainer and behavior consultant, there’s a hot topic that pet parents often ask me about: “Do you think it’s okay to let dogs sleep in bed with you?”  My answer? “It depends.” When deciding what’s best for you and your inquisitive canine, some considerations include: Age of the dog: Young puppies (or new dogs who aren’t … Read More
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How to Greet Politely

Unleashing Good Manners: How to Teach Your Dog to Greet Politely – Part Two

A composed dog greeting, be it at home or out and about, is one skill that is of the utmost importance in our human world. Everyone appreciates a polite pooch — us included! Below, we outline how to teach your dog that sitting to say hello gets tons of attention – petting, praise, food, play – while on the flip side, jumping up gets … Read More
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Dog Bite Prevention Week

Celebrate Dog Bite Prevention Week with These Safety Tips

I see it all the time — kids and enthusiastic adults running up, in an erratic and surprising manner, extending their hands right into a dog’s face and hovering there, squealing something about how much they love dogs. What can pet parents do in that instant, crucial moment to avoid disaster? Jump in and shove treats into your dog’s face and tell her how … Read More
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Important Tips for Dog Training

What are the Most Important Things to Focus on When Dog Training?

Dogs are always learning. They’re paying attention to their surroundings, trying to figure out how to get more of what they want or less of what they don’t want. So that means many times, even when you aren’t actively engaged in training classes or exercises, you’re passively training your dog.  As an outside observer, being both a dog mom and a trainer, I will … Read More
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10 Productivity Tips to Use for Training Your Dog

Training your dog can be a simple process. In my years of experience as a certified professional dog trainer, and of observing inquisitive canines and working with their parents, I’d venture to bet that more often than not, in general, dogs enjoy “going to school” and participating in their lessons. Fun and games like tug, fetch, and other forms of enjoyable attention from humans, … Read More
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