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The Power of Choice

When my Australian Shepherd was about a year old, he went through a series of unfortunate events that resulted in several emergency vet visits. For anyone who has followed Havoc’s story, you know that we haven’t had the best luck in a lot of ways. He quickly went from being an incredibly confident and happy […]

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Put an End Leash Pulling (part 1)

by Katie Genier KPA-CTP Dogs spend a lot of their time waiting around for something exciting to happen while we are at work, making dinner, watching tv, and many other human activities that don’t make a ton of sense to the dog mind. After hours of waiting around, it’s easy to understand why they may […]

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How Your Dog Knows They Did It Wrong

by Jimmy Maxwell KPA-CTP I am a video gamer, and I have recently been playing a very realistic race simulator while socially distancing at home. It’s probably the closest thing to driving a real race car that have, or ever will, experience. There are so many little things that go into race car driving, that […]

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It’s Not So Glamorous

By Katie Genier KPA-CTP When I meet new people and tell them I am a dog trainer the most common response is, “That’s so cool! You get to play with cute puppies all day!” Yes, I do see a lot of puppies come through and that is definitely a perk. But the truth behind being […]

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Do Dogs Grieve?

By Jimmy Maxwell KPA-CTP As a facility that offers almost any service you may need for your dog, we get to know a lot of people with a lot of dogs. As with any industry in which you are taking care of other living things, we get to know these dogs, and their people. Unfortunately, […]

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What’s the Difference Between Punishment and Reinforcement?

By Jimmy Maxwell KPA-CTP There are a lot of terms out there that separate different training styles and philosophies. One of the first things that separate the training world are punishment and reinforcement. And at face value, we think we know exactly what these things mean. We often associate reinforcement with rewarding good things, and […]

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Choosing a Breeder

By Katie Spruill KPA-CTP If you are like me, finding a new furry family member is one thing that gets me very excited. When I picked out Havoc, the most recent addition to my family, my head was in the clouds. I was thinking about puppy breath, names, and the ideal qualities of my new […]

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