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Therapy Dog Training - Help Yourself So You Can Help Others!

Training your dog to become a therapy animal can be a great way of providing comfort and joy to those who need it most: the sick, the young, the elderly, and others who are coping with stressful chapters in their lives.
Do you have a dog who is warm, loving, and calm? And do you have a desire to bring emotional support and moments of joy to those who need it most, such as people in hospitals,… https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/therapy-dog-training-help-yourself-so-you-can-help-others/

Rally Training: An Awesome Way to Get Into the Hottest New Dog Sport, or to Just Better Connect With Your Dog

AKC Rally Training classes are a great way to get into competition, or simply to improve your dog's discipline and your skills as a dog owner and handler.
Almost every dog owner has stumbled across an AKC competition on TV at some time or another. It’s impossible not to be inspired by the sight of so many incredibly well-trained… https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/rally-training-awesome-way-get-hottest-new-dog-sport-or-just-better-connect-your-dog/

Dog Boarding School - Residency Training Programs

Dog training can be a very challenging process, but training your dog yourself at home isn’t the only option: dog boarding school can be a great solution!
Maybe you’ve been meaning to really buckle down on training your dog, but work has been particularly busy, or your human family has been eating up the hours. Or perhaps you… https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/dog-boarding-school-residency-training-programs/

The Benefits of Dog Agility Training

Dog agility training classes are a great way to improve your dog's confidence and overall behavior.
Many parents put their children into sports or other extracurricular activities because the benefits of such programs help kids to grow as a whole: learning the value of teamwork,… https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/benefits-dog-agility-training/

When to Start Training Your Puppy

It's important to start training your puppy as soon as possible. If you wait, you'll end up with a fearful, difficult to train young dog.
Due to concerns about vaccinations, it used to be that socialization and behavioral training for dogs didn’t start until a puppy was around six months old. However, this route… https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/when-start-training-your-puppy/

Overcoming Your Dog's Leash Reactivity

Leash reactivity--when a dog tends to approach other dogs aggressively while on a leash--is a very common issue for dog owners to face. However, there are ways of overcoming this problem.
When you take your dog for a walk, do you find yourself cringing every time you see another dog coming your way? Many dog owners dread these encounters, as they end up having to… https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/overcoming-your-dogs-leash-reactivity/

Finding Substitute Behaviors for Your Dog's Bad Habits: How to Deal With Excitement and Distractions - Part 2

Today we conclude a two-part blog post on getting away from using the word "no," and learning how to redirect and modify your dog's unwanted or disruptive behaviors.
In our last blog post, we talked about the importance of not overusing the word "no," and instead being more constructive in reshaping and modifying your dog's problematic… https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/finding-substitute-behaviors-your-dogs-bad-habits-how-deal-excitement-and-distractions-part-2/

Finding Substitute Behaviors for Your Dog's Bad Habits: How to Deal With Excitement and Distractions - Part 1

People love using the word "no." But if you want to have success in training your dog, you need to expand your vocabulary, and think about how your dog thinks and feels.
People love the word “no.” It’s one of the first words that we pick up in infancy, which says a lot about how human beings react to unwanted behavior. When we see someone… https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/finding-substitute-behaviors-your-dogs-bad-habits-how-deal-excitement-and-distractions-part-1/

The Rules of Bringing a Puppy Into the Family

Before you bring a dog or puppy into the family, it's important to go over a few simple rules.
Part 1 - Rules for Parents For a lot of people, their vision of the perfect idyllic home life involves having their children running around playing in the front yard, and a dog… https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/rules-bringing-puppy-family/

Signs of Fear in Your Dog You May Be Missing

It's easy to overlook things that might be scaring your dog. Here is a list of a few things that you might be missing.
If you were to ask people on the street how dogs “talk,” most of them would likely tell you that dogs use barking and other auditory signals to talk. While this is true to a small… https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/signs-fear-your-dog-you-may-be-missing/

How to Clean Your Dog's Ears

Keeping your dog's ears clean is important to its health. Here are a few tips to help keep your pup's ears squeaky clean!
If you had to rank a dog’s senses in order of importance, hearing would come only second to smell. They are exquisitely sensitive, much more so than ours. And even the briefest… https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/how-clean-your-dogs-ears/

How to Trim Your Dog's Nails

Trimming your dog's nails is a skill that takes practice, both for you and your dog! However, by taking it slow and allowing your dog to gradually become familiar with the process of having his claws cut, both you and he or she can become nail trimming ex…
Just like you, your dog has nails that grow continuously. And just like your nails, your dog’s nails can cause problems if not properly maintained. Regular nail trimming is an… https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/how-trim-your-dogs-nails/

Getting Ready for Boarding Your Dog

Boarding your dog while your family is on vacation can be a stressful situation, but it doesn't have to be. Here are some tips on how to get your pup ready for a stress-free stay at Local Bark!
With summer coming up, we’re getting ourselves ready for the surge of customers who are heading out on the open road or getting on a plane, and need to board the furry members of… https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/getting-ready-boarding-your-dog/

Cleaning Your Canine's Canines

Cleaning your dog's teeth regularly is just as important as proper training or providing it with the best diet.
 Doggy dentistry isn’t much cheaper than its human counterpart. Therefore, it’s absolutely worth your while to make sure that your pup’s teeth stay pearly white. The best way to… https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/cleaning-your-canines-canines/

Get Puppy S.M.A.R.T.: Socialization

If you're bringing home a new puppy, you're probably focusing on things like potty-training and home breaking. But don't forget one of the most essential needs in a puppy's early life: socialization.
We know people don’t bring home a happy puppy aiming to turn it into a hyperactive, uncontrollable dog. We know that new puppy owners are focused on essential – not to mention… https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/how-avoid-messing-perfectly-good-puppy/

Shasta Goes to Doggy Bootcamp: The Reunion

As her time in Doggy Bootcamp comes to a close, we reunite Shasta with Dave, and see the changes and strides she's made.
Awwww…like you’d expect, it was a heart-warming reunion for Shasta and her owner, Good Day Sacramento’s photographer Dave Grashoff. It’s been over a month since Dave dropped… https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/shasta-goes-doggy-bootcamp-reunion/

Shasta goes to Doggy Bootcamp: Confidence building with fun and games.

As Shasta goes through our bootcamp, we get to have a little more fun with some confidence building games.
It’s Shasta’s 4th week in Behavior Bootcamp and we are at our favorite time in the rehab process – confidence building with fun and games. When the time comes for Shasta to return… https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/shasta-goes-doggy-bootcamp-confidence-building-fun-and-games/

Shasta Goes to Doggy Bootcamp: How's She Doing?

As we follow Shasta through her journey, Good Day Sacramento swings by to film an update.
Everybody loves a good “reveal” on live television. We were excited that Good Day Sacramento wanted to swing by and check in on cameraman Dave’s dog Shasta to see the progress… https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/shasta-goes-doggy-bootcamp-hows-she-doing/

Shasta Goes to Doggy Bootcamp: Girl About Town

Now that Shasta is learning to be comfortable in a pack and is being mentored by other dogs, it's time to spend time learning how to be comfortable outdoors and in new places and situations!
One of the main reasons Shasta’s owner, Good Day Sacramento’s camera man Dave, sought help for Shasta was her increasingly fearful behavior toward people and other dogs in public.… https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/shasta-goes-doggy-bootcamp-girl-about-town/

Shasta Goes to Doggy Bootcamp: Mentors and merrymaking

As we follow Shasta and her journey through Doggy Bootcamp, we meet her mentors and acclimate her to being part of a pack.
As you’ve heard, Shasta, the dog belonging to Good Day Sacramento cameraman Dave, is in Behavior Bootcamp at The Local Bark getting help with her fear and anxiety with… https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/shasta-goes-doggy-bootcamp-mentors-and-merrymaking/

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