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Puppy Schedule: Eight Weeks to Four Months

Feed three times a day unless your vet specifies otherwise–and remember; NO TREATS OR TABLE SCRAPS. 7:00 am–Take the puppy immediately to the area designated for elimination. Be sure to cover the entire area with paper. Leave a portion of soiled paper under your new paper so your puppy will pick …

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Outdoor Housebreaking

Housebreaking teaches the dog to relieve himself outside only. During the housebreaking period, you will need to take the dog outside on a leash to the same area each time. The purpose of having him on a leash is to train him to get right down to business and not …

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Keeping Your Dog on a Schedule

All dogs find it comforting to follow a daily routine.  Maintaining a consistent schedule eliminates a lot of the guesswork and frustration involved in housebreaking or paper training. Dogs, much like their human cohorts, are creatures of habit.  They find comfort in following a daily routine.  Since they rely on …

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First Impressions of the Crate

Slowly introduce your dog to his crate. Begin by placing the crate in the area in which you want to keep your dog. Make the crate comfortable with his favorite blanket or pillow. Do not put newspaper inside the crate if you are paper training, this would encourage him to …

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When you are unable to supervise your dog

The single most important investment you will make for your dog is the purchase of a crate. No pet owner should try to live without one. This “canine condo” is the ultimate piece of training equipment. It allows you to breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that your dog is …

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Holiday Pet Safety

My name is Robert Forto and I am the training director of Alaska Dog Works. I am asked all the time about holiday do’s and don’ts from pet owners. While I always offer an article right around Christmas about training Christmas puppies I thought it would be wise to offer some tips to …

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Training Your Dog for the Holidays

The packages tied with ribbon and bows, the tinsel and stockings, and the roast beast are all but a faint memory.  The sweet little bundle of joy that was nestled beneath the tree Christmas morning is by now a barking menacing terror! What to do?  Surely we cannot allow Max …

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A Christmas Puppy? Maybe Not.

  Events of this Christmas will have a profound impact on the dog training industry in April. All those cute puppy-in-a-stocking photos prompt unsuspecting people to give dogs as gifts, inevitably resulting in a high rate of premium business for me and my colleagues. A Christmas Puppy? Maybe Not “Christmas …

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Game on!

In our private basic obedience classes at Alaska Dog Works we address commands such as; sit, come, stay, down, wait, and loose leash walking.  These commands are outlined for you on homework sheets and you are shown how to teach your dog these commands. It’s a simple concept.  After about eight …

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