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Anxiety and Nervousness

Anxiety
Anxiety and nervousness in dogs seems to be becoming more common - even in young puppies. Nature, nurture, or some combination of the two have produced increasing numbers of puppies that just tend to have a little more anxiety than the typical happy-go-lucky puppy. We see anxiety develop in rescue dogs and older dogs that have experienced a life change too. A life event sets it off, and the a slippery slope keeps them from being able to get back to "normal" on their own, leaving their family at a loss for what to do - or worse - not sure if they can keep their dog anymore. The kicker with anxiety is that you really can't count the different ways anxiety manifests or shows itself - it is so…
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Lashing Out – Why it’s a Confidence Problem

Aggression, Anxiety
We’ve had a couple recent calls about dogs that are a little nervous in a new home, and seem to lash out sometimes – at resident kids, other dogs, or the owners. They may show signs of anxiety in different ways: some don’t want to come out of their crate, cower or piddle when approached, scurry past or flee when something changes. Their new loving home wants to help – help them to be happy, comfortable, and feel how loved they are – they just aren’t sure how to get there. McGee (pictured above) was one of these dogs. He had been in rescue for a long time waiting for a family to come along and invest the time he needed! Young pups that grew up feeling slightly insecure or…
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NEW Hunting Dog Obedience Training!

NEW Hunting Dog Obedience Training!

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OLK9 Central MN is now offering Hunting Dog Obedience Training! NOTE: We are not offering hunting training - only obedience that dogs need to be successful hunting candidates! This training package includes:  1) recall with distractions, sit and stay, 2) place and stay (in a dog blind), 3) down and stay, 4) come to heel (come to left side), 5) stay in heel (while walking) 6) distance sit and down (sit and down at a distance) Optional - 1) fetch or forced fetch dummy 2) release command and hold dummy until told to release 3) gunfire desensitization This package is $900 for the e-collar we train with and 6 private, guaranteed lessons. Optional lessons are $100 per lesson, and each may take longer than one lesson to teach. Lessons are 1 hour…
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Treating Separation Anxiety Through Training

Aggression, Anxiety
Here in the Twin Cities and Central MN, we're seeing an increase in the cases of separation anxiety that our clients are reaching out to us about. Many of the cases are in rescue dogs, and we applaud owners for trying to resolve these issues and helping their rescued pups go on to lead happier lives! There are varying degrees of separation anxiety: Low Grade: What we call low grade separation anxiety is behaviors such as nervousness, pacing, barking or whining when left alone, in or out of a crate/kennel. Medium Grade: Medium grade separation anxiety involves destructive behaviors - chewing inappropriate things when left alone, attempting to break out of crate/kennel, barking/whining, making themselves sick (vomiting or diarrhea). High Grade: Dogs typically injure themselves or destroy crates in their…
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