Socialization: What Does It Really Mean?

I come across a lot of dog owners who want to socialize their dog. Usually what they think that means is meeting another dog and they will take them to the dog park. Socialization is so much more than meeting other dogs, though! It means getting your dog…

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A Dog’s Tail Wagging Means It is Happy, Right?

As a trainer, I cannot tell you how many times I come into someone’s home and they tell me their dog doesn’t listen. I hate to break it to you, but your dog does not know spoken languages such as English, Spanish, Mandarin, etc. Yes, they may understand queues or commands that you have taught it through its life, but it does not understand you when you say, “Stop barking!” “Be quiet!” “Don’t jump on them!” or “Get in the house!”

Dogs speak body language and every position your dog moves into is intentional…

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