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Denise Mazzola

Dog Training is Broken

by Denise Mazzola, CPDT – KA “Our dogs are not broken. Dog Training is a broken and an outdated concept for helping modern dogs & their families.” – Kim Brophey, author of Meet Your Dog. I couldn’t agree with her more. There are more dog behavior problems in the 21st century than ever before. And there are even more dog

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Denise Mazzola

Is Your Dog Stuck In An Emotional Dysregulation Cycle?

by Denise Mazzola, CPDT – KA Do any of these situations sound familiar? When you take your dog out for a walk, she is pulling you down the road while she is barking, lunging, and growling at almost every dog and person she sees. It’s so embarrassing. You’ve become a member of the midnight dog walkers club, walking your dog

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How Dogs Learn
Denise Mazzola

How Dogs Learn

And Why it Matters! Whether you want to be a high level competitor in dog sports or your goal is just to get your dog to sit nicely while company comes in the front door, it is important to understand how your dog, and really all living, breathing, eating animals learn. When you understand how animals learn you are in

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private dog training
Denise Mazzola

Come When Called

Want a Great Recall? Then Practice for a Great Recall! Dogs that come when called enjoy more freedom; running loose on trails, playing in the back yard, or even visiting a beach. Owners who take the time to practice and train a reliable come when called can enjoy many fun activities and outings with their dogs.  Starting Your Dynamite Recall

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dog time out
Denise Mazzola

Time Out Protocol

An Effective and Humane Way to Change Behavior Our training focuses primarily on teaching dogs what we want them to do. We work to place heavy value on sits, downs, stays, come when called and other behaviors we want the dog to perform reliably. There are instances where ignoring a behavior we don’t like will reduce and eliminate that behavior,

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dog barking
Denise Mazzola

How to Stop Barking

Is Your Dog’s Barking Driving You Crazy? Read On! We are often asked by clients, “How do I stop my dog from barking?” Interestingly, people who cannot tolerate barking tend to have dogs that bark, a lot. Seems counterintuitive doesn’t it? The fact of the matter is, from the dog’s perspective, barking is often reinforced by the person who hates

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dog crate training
Denise Mazzola

Crate Training Your Dog

Give Your Dog a Safe Space of Her Own What is a Crate? A crate can be made of plastic or wire, and can be purchased at almost any pet supply store. Size is important; your dog’s crate should be just large enough for your dog to lie down comfortably, fully stand up and turn around. You can make the

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Denise Mazzola

Starting Off Right

The First Week with Your New Dog Congratulations on your new dog! We’ve put together some helpful tips to get you and your new best friend started off on the right foot together. Keep in mind that the transition into a new home is potentially stressful for any dog, so keep the environment quiet and predictable for your new pet

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