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Brunswick Location

Gold Star Dog Training is proud to announce our new location opening in January 2015. Denise Hippler will be the instructor. Our new location will be at: Donna’s Pet Care Center 130 Pearl Road Brunswick, Ohio 44212 For class information, please visit our website at: www.GoldStarDogTraining.org or call 330-461-4653.

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Brunswick Instructor – Denise Hippler

Congratulations to Denise Hippler, our Brunswick Instructor, for passing her CGC Exam today. Denise is now a AKC – Star Puppy and Canine Good Citizen Evaluator as well as a Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dog Instructor.  

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Canine Greeting Display

Dogs have an orderly way in which they greet one another. The purpose of the ritual is to minimize conflict between two potentially aggressive dogs. During the ritual, dogs use signals to provide other dogs with information about their identity, status, and immediate intentions. For example, if dogs greet one another in a stiff manner […]

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Canine Ritualization

The way in which dogs communicate with each other is very ritualized. In other words, it conforms to a pattern. These rituals allow dogs to compete with each other without engaging in open fighting, which may lead to serious injuries. In fact, most fighting between dogs is highly ritualized and not intended to do severe […]

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Separation Anxiety

A specific problem that may surface around the time of adolescence is separation anxiety. People often spend a lot of time with a puppy, working on housetraining and basic house manners. Then suddenly they just switch abruptly back to their usual routine, leaving a young dog suddenly alone for hours. This is a recipe for disaster. […]

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Adolescence of Dogs

About the time owners graduate from puppy class and start showing off their wonderful young dog to their friends, something awful starts to happen—the dog reaches adolescence. This happens at different ages for different breeds and for different dogs within breeds. Dogs in the Toy Group are usually first to go through this period. Between […]

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Mouthing – AKA Puppy Biting

Puppies explore the world with their mouths. They nibble on their mother, their littermates, their blanket, even their own feet—pretty much anything they can get their short little muzzles around. Using its mouth is a natural behavior that acquaints a puppy with the world. But it definitely has its hazards and drawbacks.

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Puppy Chewing and Biting

Puppies that nibble and mouth may seem cute, but dogs that bite definitely aren’t. In fact, biting is one prime reason dogs end up in shelters. Even worse, owners who surrender biting dogs often neglect to mention the biting problem to the shelter. So the dog is adopted again, bites someone, and bounces back to […]

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Reinforcement for Dogs

Behavior is strengthened or weakened by its consequences. Reinforcement occurs when a behavior is strengthened by its consequences. Effective reinforcement occurs only if the reinforcer is presented at the moment the dog produces the target behavior. That is, the reinforcer should be presented immediately upon the occurrence of the desired behavior. If one’s timing is […]

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Veterinary Considerations

One person a puppy should certainly get to know early is its veterinarian. Life can be much easier with a dog that views the veterinarian as its friend. And new dog owners need advice on vaccinations, exercise, and probably a few puppy problems such as carsickness.

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