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Reading labels is so important in our lives and our pets’ lives. It’s not about the front of the package or a brand’s advertising campaigns. In the case of pet grooming products, you may see a lot of pet grooming brands state things such as, “no artificial fragrance,” “no sulfates,” “no parabens,” “no polysorbates,” or similar claims. Those are all great things to avoid in a dog or cat grooming product. However, that doesn’t mean the product doesn’t include another ingredient you should avoid.

It’s about reading the ingredient panel. If I’m purchasing a product for my pet that has ingredients (pet food, grooming products, pet dental products, etc.) the very first thing I do is flip over the product and read the ENTIRE ingredient panel. I need to know exactly what’s inside a product, so I can make my determination if it’s a product I feel safe and comfortable using with Dexter or Nutter. If there is not an ingredient panel, back on the shelf it goes!

How to Understand a Pet Grooming Product Label

I’m not a chemist, nor do I expect a pet parent to understand what they are reading on a pet product label. However, that doesn’t mean I’m off the hook at figuring it all out. My pets count on me to find the answers and to make the safest decisions for them.

The Internet is your friend! When I’m looking at a new grooming product, the first place I visit is The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database website. They have an amazing search function where you can input an ingredient hit search, and it will provide you with a summary of the ingredient and a safety rating. For the most part, EWG’s database provides me with all the information I need to make my decision. However, if an ingredient does not turn up any results, my next step is a general Internet search. I tend to type the ingredient name then “side effects” or “toxicity” and read up on the ingredient.

Top 5 Ingredients to Avoid in Your Pet’s Grooming Products

  1. Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)-Links to cancer, stomach disorder, loss of memory, and immune dysfunction.
  2. Polysorbates (20, 40, 60, 80)-Organ system toxicity, commonly contaminated with the cancer-causing 1,4-dioxane.
  3. Propylene Glycol- Liver and kidney toxin, skin irritant (skin, eyes, lungs), contact dermatitis, and organ system toxicity.
  4. Sulfates (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Coco Sulfate, TEA, Lauryl Sulfate, MEA)-Organ system toxicity, skin irritations, may be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane.
  5. Parabens- Preservatives that are known endocrine disrupters; elevated estrogens can cause cancers of the uterus, bladder, and breast.

Now, remember, those listed above are just my top 5. There tend to be more harmful ingredients used vs. good ingredients, so don’t forget to read the entire label.

When it comes to toxic grooming ingredients, there really isn’t a reason they need to be inside my pet’s product. There are enough pet grooming products that are truly nontoxic that I don’t see the need to use unnecessary and potentially harmful chemicals on my pets.

I know you want to hop over to EWG’s database and start with the first ingredient on your pet’s shampoo and work your way all the way down the list. Did you find any ingredients that weren’t in the green? If so, check out 4-Legger’s line of organic pet grooming products. Your pet will thank you. Order today with promo code RaiseNaturally20 for 20% off your first order.

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Please note, I am not a veterinarian. Please speak in detail with your holistic veterinarian about your dog’s care and support. They will always be your best resource.

If you have old dogs, dogs with arthritis, dogs with mobility issues, or even young healthy dogs, you should be proactive in their joint and mobility care. Often people wait until their dog is in pain, has arthritis, or even has trouble getting up from the ground before they take action. We all do it—I even fell in this category myself with Dexter.

If you’ve been following Dexter’s story, you may recall that he was diagnosed with Chiari-like Malformation (CM) and syringomyelia in 2012. CM is basically when the skull is too small to hold the brain, causing pressure on the cerebellum and medulla, and obstructing normal flow of cerebrospinal fluid. You can compare this to holding your finger over half of the opening of a hose; that pressure then causes fluid-filled cavities within the spinal cord, SM.

We’ve had our ups and downs with his disease. I’m happy to report he’s been doing well and he’s just as spunky and fun-loving as a young pup. However, just over a year ago, Dexter was getting a bit more “wobbly and bobbly” and losing his balance. It’s then that he started seeing his rehab vet, Dr. Mary L. Cardeccia, for regular physical rehabilitation to work on building his core strength and proprioception. You can read about our canine rehab in this article.

Strength Training for All Ages of Dogs

I regret that I was not more proactive in keeping Dexter strong and mobile, prior to his wobbles and weakness. Dexter and I always had regular daily exercise through walks and play, but I never actively focused on his strength and core. Strong core muscles help dogs with their movement, keep their balance, and help them get up and down. For Dexter, it’s also very important in strengthening his spine and allowing him the strength to “catch” himself and recover from a wobble.

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Daily Exercise and Movement for Dogs

Have you ever heard the phrase, “use it or lose it”? This is so true when it comes to exercising with our dogs and keeping them moving. According to an article published on the John Hopkins website, “While rest is important, especially during flare-ups, lack of physical activity is associated with increased muscle weakness, joint stiffness, reduced range of motion, fatigue and general deconditioning.” As with every exercise program, it is important to know your dog’s limits and yours, start slowly, and build over time.

Canine Water Therapy / Hydrotherapy for Dogs

There are two traditional forms of dog water therapy: pool therapy and water treadmill therapy. Water therapy has a low impact on a dog’s joints. This is a great solution for dogs with a variety of joint problems and mobility issues. Water therapy also provides resistance, making this a great workout for your dog. Dexter goes to monthly underwater treadmill therapy not only to build his strength, but also to help with his proprioception. During the summer months, I also walk Dexter in shallow streams and ponds between our sessions.

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Cold Laser Therapy for Dogs

Cold laser therapy uses light beams that stimulate the cells in the body and can reduce inflammation, increase blood circulation, relieve pain, and repair tissue damage. Cold laser therapy uses a laser that does not produce heat. Depending on your dog’s condition, your holistic veterinarian may recommend cold laser therapy. Dexter’s neurological condition relates to inflammation along his spine, so Dexter receives treatment on his spine about once a month. If he’s having a rough day with pain, we schedule an impromptu laser treatment, which usually gets him back on track and feeling better.

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Acupuncture for Mobility

Acupuncture is another natural option for assisting with a dog’s mobility and a lot of other canine ailments, even behavioral issues. In traditional Chinese medicine, it is believed that disease is caused by a disruption of the flow of QI, or energy. Acupuncture is applied in target points to stimulate the flow of QI, allowing the body to become balanced. For dogs with mobility concerns, the practitioner is generally focused on stimulating circulation and reducing inflammation.

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Dog Chiropractic Adjustments for Mobility and Range of Motion

First, I want to stress that if you are thinking of taking your dog in for chiropractic care, you see a veterinarian, not a human chiropractor—they are NOT the same. Canine chiropractic care helps realign your dog’s joints and spine, helps with range of motion and flexibility, and can relieve pain.

Veterinarian chiropractors may solely use their hands during a dog’s adjustment, a chiropractic adjustment tool, called the Activator®, or a combination of both. Dexter has had both procedures, and responds better during and after with a hands-on approach instead of the tool. Some veterinarians will actually provide adjustment in the pool, for even a gentler approach.

Proper Weight and A Species-Appropriate Diet and Supplementation

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that excess weight on your dog’s joints and spine will increase pain and inflammation, and decrease mobility. It also leads to strain on your dog’s heart muscles and other vital organs. If there was ever a time to feel your dog’s waistline, it’s now. All dogs should have a slight tuck at the waist.

Feeding your dog a species-appropriate diet is incredibly beneficial in reducing inflammation. Dogs are carnivores, not carbidores. A processed dry dog food is extremely heavy in carbohydrates and has almost no moisture. This combination leads to inflammation, not to mention a lack of fresh vitamins, minerals and enzymes. To help reduce inflammation avoid refined carbohydrates such as sugar, sorghum, flour (wheat, oat, pea, bean, rice, corn), white rice, and potato starch to name a few. Some other foods that increase inflammation include sugar, too many omega-6 fatty acids, and corn. On the other side, there are foods and supplements that help reduce inflammation such as leafy greens, blueberries, cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage), bone broth, omega-3 fatty acids, probiotics, beets, pineapple, glucosamine chondroitin, green-lipped mussels, and CoQ10.

Dog Mobility Aids

If your dog struggles getting up, using stairs, or walking, I would suggest looking at the GingerLead. The GingerLead works by gently lifting a dog’s back legs, enabling him to be in an ideal position. The GingerLead offers a very safe and secure way to help a dog get up, navigate stairs, or go for a walk. You can read my full review in this article.

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I’m guessing by now you have heard some buzz about CBD oil for dogs. On any social media outlet, a question about a dog’s anxiety or pain is sure to result in a suggestion to try CBD oil. But before diving in, it’s always a good idea to know a few facts.

Marijuana vs Hemp

Both marijuana and hemp come from the same plant genus, Cannabaceae, but they are two different plants. Hemp-derived phytocannabinoids do not contain the hallucinogenic compound Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), so they do not cause the ‘high’ associated with marijuana. To be classified as hemp, it must contain less than 0.3% of THC. Some varieties of hemp products are nearly free of THC.

Understanding Phytocannabinoids—a Little Science

Chemical compounds known as cannabinoids are found in all animals (except insects). In plant form, it is known as phytocannabinoids. Studies of phytocannabinoids show they are very effective in promoting both physical and mental health. Benefits range from helping with anxiety, reducing inflammation, combating nausea, helping in digestion, and the list goes on.

The reason phytocannabinoids can be used to treat many ailments is that all animals have an endocannabinoid system that maintains the body’s physiological, immunological and neurological systems. When there is a deficiency in endocannabinoid production, our body will utilize the addition of phytocannabinoids and will start a restoring process to bring our bodies back to balance.

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Safety Considerations of Hemp-Derived Phytocannabinoids

One of the great things about Hemp-based phytocannabinoids is the safety of the product. There are no psychoactive effects, and the phytocannabinoid-rich oil is non-toxic. It is next to impossible for a pet to overdose, and it is also safe to administer with other pet medications or pet supplements. However, as always, please speak with your holistic veterinarian prior to administration.

Are Hemp-Derived Phytocannabinoids safe?

In a word, yes. Hemp-based phytocannabinoids are non-psychoactive and non-toxic. It is virtually impossible for a pet to overdose. In addition, phytocannabinoids are safe for your pets to take along with any prescribed or over-the-counter medication. Always talk to your veterinarian before adding any supplement to your pet’s regimen.

The Importance of Testing

As with a lot of popular products, quality control and evaluation are important. Various brands offer testing results to the consumer. And yes, some brands don’t test at all. For me, if a company doesn’t offer this information on their website, I would certainly inquire before making a purchase.

A few points to consider when choosing a PCR oil for your pet include: sourcing of ingredients, third-party testing of raw materials, finished product, milligrams of phytocannabinoid, free of bio-contaminants and heavy metals.

My Personal Experience with Phytocannabinoid-Rich (PCR) Oil for Dogs

Just over 9 months ago, I had a first-hand experience with Treatibles Phytocannabinoid-Rich Oil. I worked with one of my dog training clients on using the Treatibles PCR Oil with her anxious dog, Sora. At the same time, I had my own bottle for Dexter for help with breakthrough pain from his neurological disorder. You can read about both our positive experiences in this article.

As Dexter’s disease progresses, I’m always trying to stay one step ahead of the train and help Dexter stay as pain-free and spunky as his heart desires. Over the last couple of months, I’ve noticed he’s becoming a bit more wobbly and bobbly. I spoke with Dexter’s canine rehabilitation veterinarian, Dr. Mary L. Cardeccia on what I could do to help, and she prescribed Phytocannabinoid-Rich (PCR) Oil twice a day.

Because I always want to know the why and how, I asked her to explain what we hope the PCR oil will do for Dexter. She offered this explanation, “As for the hemp extract, phytocannabinoids and terpenes (normal components of the hemp plant; CBD is one of the phytocannabinoids (cannabidiol). Many people use “CBD oil” interchangeably with hemp oil or extract, but in reality, there are so many great components of the whole plant that it is even better to use the leaf/stem extract instead of just isolating CBD). Phytocannabinoids and terpenes have anti-inflammatory properties, pain relieving properties, and a quieting/soothing effect on the central nervous system (can control seizures), so I am hoping that using it with Dex would help on all three of those levels.” Dr. Cardeccia continued by saying, “I think that you may start seeing improvement after a few doses, as the anti-inflammatory effects should not take long, but the CNS (Central Nervous System) effects may take a couple of weeks to get to full effect.”

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Choosing a Phytocannabioind-Rich (PCR) Oil for Dexter

Of, course, I immediately thought of Treatibles, but I also didn’t want to overlook any other great brands that might fit our needs. As I started to do my research, I ran into some roadblocks when it came to the testing and/or results of the PCR Oils for dogs. Some companies did not offer any testing, while results for other products showed some THC, although under the 0.3% limit. The other test result that I found were in the residual solvent analysis. Even though under 400 PPM would pass, all the companies that I found still had some residue, with the exception of Treatibles. I do understand that the other brands are still deemed safe and there may be a brand I overlooked, but for me, it was just too hard to ignore.

I contacted Treatibles for more information on their testing and products, and learned that Treatibles’ third-party lab tests at every stage, from the raw materials to the finished product. Every batch is tested to determine the exact milligrams of phytocannabinoids in every product. They also test to ensure each product is free of heavy metals and bio-contaminants (none detected in tests), and they provide the testing results for each product on their website. The hemp used for their products is grown in the USA and is virtually free of THC (none detected in tests). Test results can vary from crop to crop, so check the test results prior to purchasing.

All Treatibles products contain phytocannabinoid-rich oil extracted from the whole hemp plant, which, as Dr. Cardeccia explained, creates a synergy effect by utilizing therapeutic phytocannabinoids and terpenes, providing a full spectrum of benefits for pets.

Treatibles actually reformulated their product to use MCT Coconut Oil as the base. Coconut oil has antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties, contains antioxidants, and is rich in lauric acid, making this a great addition!

I am very happy with my decision to use Treatibles Phytocannabinoid-Rich Oil with MCT Coconut Oil for Dexter. I am hoping to be able to see some improvement of Dexter’s mobility in the next few weeks. The good news is that we won’t be doing any harm in trying, and by adding daily PCR oil, I am reducing Dexter’s inflammation, which is always a good thing.

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Teaching your new puppy not to mouth, gnaw, or bite people is one of the fundamental behaviors in raising a polite puppy. What may seem cute, or fun now, can become a serious behavioral problem in the future.   Puppies are very mouthy and do a lot of chewing and biting. As you parent your puppy, you will be teaching him what is appropriate to chew and bite on. It is never appropriate to bite or chew on people or their shoes or clothing.

Make sure everyone follows these simple rules; dogs do not understand they can do something with one person, but not with another. I hate to be sexist, but the men in the family are typically the ones who initiate rough, mouthy behavior during play, but this is not appropriate play behavior between puppies and humans. You will be teaching your puppy it is NOT okay to place their mouth or teeth on any part of any human, including their clothing.

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  • Have plenty of acceptable puppy toys around for your puppy to access.   You will want these toys easily accessible, and at least 5 -10 in each of the main rooms the puppy resides in.
  • Do not use household items as toys. Your puppy may end up thinking your favorite shoes are his toys.
  • Have a variety of bully sticks, hollow rubber treat toys, soft rubber toys, plush toys and fleece tug ropes. Keep in mind you will be actively supervising your puppy and his toys to make sure they are appropriate and safe for him. Puppies have different play and chew styles. You do not want your puppy to break pieces off his toy and eat them.   If he does, please throw them away and try a new toy or company. You do not want to take the chance that a piece may get lodged in his intestine. Surgery is much more expensive than a new toy.
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  • If your puppy is not interested in his new chew or rubber bone, try soaking it in organic chicken or beef broth for 24 hours, or smudge a little almond butter on it to initiate some interest.
  • Praise your puppy every time you notice him playing with his toys while he is still learning, to teach him that it is a good thing to chew on the right items.
  • Once your puppy has successfully learned what is appropriate to chew and play with you only have to praise him occasionally when he is chewing on his toys.
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What To Do If He Mouths or Bites You

  • If your puppy starts to bite you, say a quick “ouch” as you remove your hand and place your hand tight against your chest.
  • If you are on the floor, or were squatting down, immediately stand straight, fold your arms, turn your back and ignore your puppy. A mouthing puppy = an invisible puppy.   Do not talk to him, do not tell him no, just ignore him. No attention.
  • Once your puppy is calmer, you can calmly praise and interact with him again.
  • If your puppy does it again, repeat the process. This is important because he is learning that if he does mouth you, you will continue to ignore him and when he is calm, you will give him attention. If it continues, call a time out. Say “Too Bad,” and walk away and do something else.   He will soon learn that his behavior caused you to walk away.
  • If he is really acting up and jumping and biting, walk into another room and shut the door behind you, leaving him in the other room. This sometimes really gets the message across. Wait a few seconds and return. Repeat as needed.

Puppy Tips and Reminders

  • During playtime with your puppy, try to keep the play and arousal low-key. If your puppy gets too excited, it usually encourages the mouthy behavior.
  • Anticipating times of the day or behavior trends when your puppy tends to get more mouthy can be helpful. If you see a pattern, you can direct your puppy on the right toy, before he grabs your hand, clothing, or shoes. Read more on puppy zoomies!
  • If your puppy is not getting the appropriate amount of interactive exercise or play with you, he will be more likely to offer undesirable mouthing behaviors.


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Dog-Friendly New York Attractions

On our way to Manchester, Vermont we drove through Hoosick, New York and saw an attraction we knew we would have to go back and visit: the Big Moose Deli and Country Store. Oh, my. If you are looking to photograph your dog in front of unusual landmarks, the Big Moose Deli is a must-see.

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Dog-friendly Statue of Liberty

This dog-friendly attraction had cows, moose, a Statue of Liberty, and even funny cutouts. The four of us had a great time walking around the Big Moose, capturing some fun dog photos, and just looking at all the unique signs and treasures. Chris and I took turns going inside the country store and were impressed with the wealth of souvenirs inside.

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Levi had plenty of photo-ops

The first thing I noticed was the old-time feel of the store. The wooden store shelves gave the store a warm feel, and they held a lot of local products, including their Big Moose peanut butter. Big Moose Deli and Country Store offers a wide variety of fun and unique grocery store products and souvenirs, including jams, t-shirts, candy, and Vermont maple syrups. If you are looking for something to eat, they have a deli counter full of great sandwiches including their famous pulled pork. If you have a sweet tooth, check out their pastries, pies, and chocolates. Yum!

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I couldn’t resist

If you and your dog find yourself near Hoosick, New York and are looking for a fun, dog-friendly attraction, you should check out the Big Moose and Deli and Country store.


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How to help your dog behave better in public.

Have you ever been a little embarrassed by your dog’s behavior in public? Maybe he is a rock star at home, but out and about, he loses all his manners and dog training skills. Even worse, maybe you and your BFF like to take dog-friendly adventures together and her dog is amazingly well-behaved, while your little monkey is all over the place. Today is your dog’s lucky day. I’m going to help you and your dog with is outdoor manners and training. But I’ll warn you. You will have to work and practice with your dog regularly if you want Fido to be chill and polite—it’s not something a magic wand can fix. Is anything?

My top 6 Favorite Dog Behaviors for Public Outings

  1. Sit: I personally love using the Sit Cue when standing in line with Dexter. When we are out and about and waiting in line for something, sit is a lovely cue to ask Dexter to perform. By sitting, he is stationary and in a place I feel comfortable with. He’s not in the way, underfoot or sniffing something I’d rather he not.
  2. Watch: I love using the Watch Cue in a proactive manner. In other words, if I see something that Dexter may find really exciting, say a cat at a pet expo, if I ask him to Watch Me as we walk past, he won’t even know there was a kitty a few feet away. 🙂
  3. Down: The Down Cue is another great stationary behavior to teach a dog for dog adventures. It’s important to realize that the down behavior can be a little harder for a dog to perform out in public because a stressed dog or overly-excited dog may not feel comfortable being so low and vulnerable. It’s also harder for a dog to spring into action if he feels the need, which again ties into a dog’s comfort or excitability level.
  4. Stay: Adding a Stay Cue to your dog’s sit or down helps keep your dog in place for longer periods of time. This is a great cue when taking your dog to a dog-friendly restaurant or watching a live event. Once again, you want to ensure your dog’s comfort level. I never ask or recommend asking a dog to stay when he’s uncomfortable or stressed.
  5. Leave It: Leave it is an amazing behavior cue, especially when you are out in public with your dog. If you don’t want your dog to eat that French fry on the ground? “Leave it” to the rescue!
  6. Loose Leash Walking: A must if you want to enjoy your dog when out in public. Nothing is worse than trying to walk your dog in tight situations with him straining at the end of the leash.

Refresh Basic Dog Training at Home

It’s time to pull out the healthy dog treats and do a refresh of your dog’s behavior cues. It’s a good idea at this refresh stage to reward your dog often to show him how enjoyable and valuable training and listening really is. Once your dog masters your favorite dog training behaviors at home, slowly increase the distractions. When increasing distractions, increase the reward value (more yummy) and decrease your criteria (5 second stay vs 30 second stay).

When you hit the public adventures with your dog, don’t forget the snacks! I’m also a fan of providing Dexter a stuffed hollow toy with food during our dog-friendly restaurant trips. This allows him something to eat and focus on, then he usually settles into his own down stay, or should I say, down sleep, behavior for the rest of the meal. Win-win.

With a little training and a few basic dog behavior cues, you and your dog can master outdoor adventures.


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Teach a dog to stay

The following technique is an excellent way to build a reliable and relaxed stay. Practice the steps in various rooms and locations including your dog’s mat or bed. Read station training.

Stay Dog Training Video Demo

Teaching a Dog to Stay in Place Time First

  • Start with your dog in a sitting position. After every second, give your dog a treat. After you have given your dog five treats (5 seconds) say “OK” or “All Done” and encourage your dog to get up. Do not make a big fuss on the getting up part; the sitting/staying step is what you will want to focus on. Repeat 5 times.
    • If your dog is successfully sitting/staying, without getting up for the five treats in step 1 increase to two seconds before giving your dog his reward. In other words, he sits for two seconds, receives a treat, continues sitting for another 2 seconds, another treat, receiving 5 treats in total. Repeat for five sets again before giving him his “OK” or “All Done” cue.
    • You will build this stay one second at a time until your dog can master 5 seconds, 5 repetitions. Once this happens, say your stay cue first. So it will go like this: Your dog sits, you say “Stay” count to five, treat, count to five, treat, count to five, treat, count to five, treat, count to five, treat, say “OK” or “All Done” and encourage your dog to get up.
    • If your dog gets up before giving him your release cue, calmly lure him back to his sit position. Do not reprimand him, or tell him “No”. If he continues to get up this means the time is too long and the task is too difficult. Decrease his time, in order for him to be successful, even if it’s 2 seconds. You want him to be successful.
  • Repeat the above sequence in your dog’s lie down position in increments of 1 second until he is able to master 5 seconds.
  • Once you have added your stay cue and have a 5-second sit and down stay, you will continue to increase the time he is in a stay. Keep with the theme of adding 1 second at a time and doing 5 sets before adding more time. So 6 seconds, five sets, 7 seconds, five sets etc. I do not typically recommend doing much more than one minute in a sit stay since it takes more muscle control to hold that position.

Teaching Your Dog to Stay in Place Distance Second

After your dog can do a minute stay, it is time to work on distance, or moving away from your dog. So now we are going to focus on steps away, not seconds.

  • Start with your dog in a sitting position. Give him his stay cue, take one small step back then return to your dog and give him a treat. Repeat this five times, giving your dog a treat after every step away and return. After your five sets say “OK” or “All done” and encourage your dog to get up.
    • If your dog cannot hold his sit position when you take a step back, make it easier by only moving one foot slightly back, return your foot and treat. Again, you want to find the balance so your dog can be successful.
  • Continue your distance training by adding one step at a time. Instead of one step back and return and treat, take two steps back, return and treat. Do 5 sets at each level before adding an additional step.
    • Remember if at any time your dog is not successful, take fewer steps. You want him to build confidence and be successful so do not, under any circumstances, reprimand him.
    • Teach your dog how to do this in both the sit and down position.

Adding Distractions-when you are asking your dog to work on his stay behavior around distractions such as being outside, around guests or other dogs, you must start the training process over at the time stage and rebuild.

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