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Training courses at New Approach Canine start with a mandatory informational session during which Mike, our pack leader, goes over his expectations of his students.

As Spring moves in, our dogs are as excited as we are to get outside for some fresh air. But if you take a deep breath, along with the scents of April showers and May flowers you may catch a whiff of skunk. Now is a great time to stock up on your favourite skunk spray treatment, and to have your dog towels at the ready.

Begin the process of boarding kennel research by making a list of your dog’s needs. At the very least they need a warm place to hang out and sleep, fresh water and food, exercise, bathroom breaks, and a nurturing soul to keep an eye on them for signs of distress.

As you begin the New Year working on your personal resolutions, consider your dog’s wellbeing, too. Yes, you are as excited to see your dog after work as he or she is to see you, and you go for walks, and you make routine visits to the vet, and you’ve got a standing appointment with the groomer.

As we decorate for the holidays it’s a joy to put up the Christmas tree, bedazzle it with ornaments, throw glitter on to every flat surface, and get to the shopping, wrapping, and gift exchanging. And we love it as much as you do! But as dog lovers, we here at New Approach Canine are highly attuned to the hazards that a dog may encounter during this time.

It’s tempting to stay cozy inside when the snow flies, but your Mojo still needs a ton of exercise. He or she is used to running amok around the backyard, which is soon to become a slippery winter wonderland. This can be the start of a frustrating season for you both. A bored dog gets into trouble.

Halloween can be a lot of fun for the whole family. You’ve got your list of items to take with you trick-or-treating like extra bags, water bottles, cell phone, and mittens. But what about your dog? Most of the time, bringing your dog along on a walk is no big deal. Leash, harness, waste bags, and you’re done. But Halloween for your dog is like entering an alternate universe. Consider these points before you bring your dog out with you to trick or treat.

The term puppy dog eyes is misleading because your dog knows how to work that look his or her entire life. Doesn’t matter if your dog is really still a pup or 9 years old, one soulful gaze and you can feel your heart trip as your body moves without thought to share your snack. It’s critical for your dog’s health that you remember who is in charge, especially when those puppy dog eyes are trained on your human food. Your dog trusts you, and they love food, so it’s up to you to be well educated on what human foods are dangerous for your dog.

Your dog loves you and wants to make you proud! However, the urge to eat that tissue on the sidewalk or keep playing when you call them back is stronger. Our canine friends aren’t born with the ability to ignore natural tendencies. Training has to last beyond in-class, way, waaaay beyond. You’ve committed to making your dog a part of your family for life, and that includes safety management, which is precisely what recall and impulse control training are for.

This summer why not ask your dog if you can be their workout buddy? You know that your dog can’t keep up with everything you do – but they’ll try. Instead of focusing these workouts on you and your needs, focus on your dog’s enjoyment and abilities, and figure out how you can be more involved to get in a good work out with your best friend.

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These three components are the perfect formula for a healthy and happy dog. Training is important not just for discipline but also to help strengthen the bond between you and your dog by establishing boundaries. Daycare keeps your dog well exercised but more importantly keeps him/her socialized. Grooming is not just about aesthetics. More importantly, a good groomer may recognize things like skin conditions or suspicious lumps and bumps

Together these components are the key to your dogs success.

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