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Fido’s Homeschooling DIY Training Program: Clickers and The Magic Word

Have you heard of clicker training? Do you think it might be complicated or tricky in some way? In this next installment of Fido’s Homeschooling DIY dog training program, we will explore the beautiful simplicity of clicker training.  In the previous post on Essential Training Concepts we discussed the importance of both clear communication and timing. To recap, when it comes to training a specific behavior, … Read More
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Tips for Keeping Halloween Safe and Fun for Fido During a Pandemic

Halloween 2020 will indeed be a little scary, spooky, and downright different this year. But, it doesn’t mean we still can’t have a little fun with our inquisitive canines! As a matter-of-fact, the current situation might work to our advantage, in that we can use the time to practice for next year — or whenever trick or treating will be on the “allowed” list.  … Read More
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Joan Hunter Mayer to Present at Pet Professional Guild’s International Educational Event

November 2020, Inquisitive Canine founder, certified professional canine behavior consultant, business coach to dog trainers, and sought after public speaker Joan Hunter Mayer, will be presenting a webinar at the Pet Professional Guild’s virtual summit, Geek Week: For the Love of Science. Geek Week, the week of November 11-15, 2020 is, according to the event’s website, “the ultimate virtual event for professionals working in … Read More
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Homeschooling Your Dog: Essential Training Concepts to Help You Succeed

In this next installment of Fido’s Homeschooling DIY training program, we will explore some commonly used training terms and ideas that are useful for establishing a pawsitive approach for positive results. An overall understanding of the following concepts will help while working with your dog in the “classroom” as well as out and about in the real world: Motivation Incentives and rewards can help bring out … Read More
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Homeschooling Your Dog: Inquisitive Canine Edition

Welcome to Fido’s Homeschooling DIY training program. Thank you for being an inquisitive dog guardian! As always, we are thrilled to share in your training adventures. Why Homeschool your Inquisitive Canine? Training is a lifetime endeavor – an important, ongoing part of the relationship between you and your dog. Whether homeschooling, participating in private training or online training , we want your learning experience … Read More
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Tips for Adventuring Outdoors with Your Inquisitive Canine

While the world is continuing to change and present various challenges, many of us are going back to jobs or continuing to work remotely, caring for our human families, and keeping our four-legged loved ones safe too. In the midst of all this (and probably more), you may be looking for ways to maintain a sense of normalcy for yourself and those around you. … Read More
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Fido’s Fall Semester Begins with Back to School Shopping

Here at the Inquisitive Canine when we think “Back to School,” we think about four-legged students eagerly and happily learning new skills. Are you preparing for Puppy Pre-School or some DIY homeschooling with your Inquisitive Canine? Wondering what school supplies you’ll need? As both a certified professional dog trainer and dog mom, I have found the following items to be very useful when training … Read More
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Advocates for the Use of Force-Free Training and Pet Equipment

The Inquisitive Canine and TransPaw Gear are proudly participating in Project Trade, an advocacy program that promotes the use of force-free pet equipment. Recently, Inquisitive Canine founder Joan Hunter Mayer and fellow Pet Professional Guild member Pam Shultz chatted about this partnership and what it means for dogs and the people who love them. PS: Project Trade is the Pet Professional Guild’s international advocacy … Read More
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Teaching Your Dog to Be Independent-II

The Importance of Teaching Dogs to be Independent – Part II

In the first part of this series, The Importance of Teaching Dogs to be Independent – Part One, we discussed broad concepts about teaching puppies and dogs skills that build confidence and promote independence. (In a nutshell, force-free training, enrichment, giving choices, and encouraging dogs to be dogs are key elements.) However, even with the basic groundwork in place, there are situations that can … Read More
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Teaching Your Dog to Be Independent

The Importance of Teaching Dogs to Be Independent — Part I

As a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT), I frequently face questions about clingy puppies and Velcro dogs. Devoted pet guardians want to know how to help their dogs have confidence and learn to be more independent. Certainly, some are concerned that their pets may be experiencing separation anxiety. Fortunately, not every pup that struggles to see the value of “me time” is truly, clinically … Read More
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