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Taz, a border collie who was a recent boarder with us is posing for a pic next to a pumpkin bush on our farm. We'll grow these pumpkins and use them in our dog food thelightofdog.com/dog-food-products/dog-food-products-main-page/ ... See MoreSee Less

Taz, a border collie who was a recent boarder with us is posing for a pic next to a pumpkin bush on our farm. Well grow these pumpkins and use them in our dog food https://thelightofdog.com/dog-food-products/dog-food-products-main-page/

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Winnie, a Goldendoodle, is showing off her skills in dog parkour class by sitting on this log.

We used this pic as the feature pic for a post and video titled "Does your puppy know “Sit”? Are you sure? (Hint: it’s about the context!)"

We think of Sit as a pretty easy cue to teach our dogs. For some dogs, it might even be the only thing they learn.

But here's something to think about. . . What is your expectation for Sit?

Most people stop at the first step, which usually is: sit for a brief second directly in front of me when I have a treat in my hand.

But have you thought about where you go from there?

thelightofdog.com/does-your-puppy-know-sit-are-you-sure-hint-its-about-the-context/
... See MoreSee Less

Winnie, a Goldendoodle, is showing off her skills in dog parkour class by sitting on this log. 

We used this pic as the feature pic for a post and video titled Does your puppy know “Sit”? Are you sure? (Hint: it’s about the context!) 

We think of Sit as a pretty easy cue to teach our dogs. For some dogs, it might even be the only thing they learn. 

But heres something to think about. . . What is your expectation for Sit? 

Most people stop at the first step, which usually is: sit for a brief second directly in front of me when I have a treat in my hand. 

But have you thought about where you go from there? 

https://thelightofdog.com/does-your-puppy-know-sit-are-you-sure-hint-its-about-the-context/
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Newsletter Archives

  • August 2018: The 2018 Eating Rocks, Socks and Other Items Issue: Stop your dog from eating rocks, socks and other non-food items | The Functional Medicine Framework for your dog's health | Clicker training with a Corgi (video) | Dog Parkour (video) | Benefits of Dog Sports for Non-competitors | Dog Food Options | Sure Fire Ways to Stress Your Dog
  • July 2018:  The 2018 Adventure Dog Issue
  • June 2018:  The 2018 Romeo Memorial Issue
  • May 2018:  The 2018 Ideal Walk Issue | What is an ideal walk with your dog? (Hint: if you ask your dog, it includes sniffing!) |Walking your dog – is it really good exercise? |When walking your dog is no fun |Is walking your dog a drag? | Walking can be such a drag!
  • April 2018:  The 2018 Healthy Food Issue | Why dry kibble is bad for dogs | Assess the nutritional value of dog food | A quick way to help determine the quality of the dog food products you purchase
  • March 2018:  The 2018 Cues & Expectations Issue | Assessing the status of your dog’s training | How many cues does your dog know? | Do you expect perfection?
  • February 2018: The 2018 Food Stack Issue: We humans have food pyramids, why not something similar for our dogs? | Additional Articles: Foods to avoid feeding your dog | Important tips about preserving commercial dried dog food products | The causes of disease and health problems in our pets and the one major thing you can do to help prevent them
  • January 2018: The 2018 Train Your Dog Issue: Benefits of training your dog (with infographic) | Benefits of group dog training classes | Benefits of in-home private dog training | Benefits of dog sports for non-competitors
  • December 2017: The 2017 Year End Issue: New Class Locations and 2018 Farm Events | Planning for the new year – dog training edition | Are your dog training goals setting you up for failure? | Assessing the status of your dog’s training | New Years Resolution – for your dog
  • November 2017:  The 2017 Holiday Issue | Are your dogs a part of your holiday traditions? | Teach your dog a new holiday trick! | Set your dog up for success over the holidays! | “Out” is a useful cue with your dog when preparing your holiday meal
  • October 2017:  The 2017 Tricks & Treats Issue | Training treats compatible with raw diets | Additional Articles: What goes into making commercial dog treats and tips on buying the healthiest ones for your dog | When your dog’s “fun tricks” come in handy | Training tip – teach your dog a new holiday dog trick!
  • September 2017:  The 2017 Perks of Play Issue | Additional Articles:The benefits of play for dogs | Puppy play – should big and small dogs be separated? | Outwit, outplay, outlast – motto for Survivor and our dogs | Dogs need mental stimulation too – not only physical exercise!
  • August 2017:  The 2017 Rules of Puppy Play Issue – and eliminating puppy nipping | Additional Articles:  Does playing tug with a dog cause aggression? | When will my dog stop the biting, nipping, mouthing behaviors? | Training tip – for nipping puppies and mouthy adolescent dogs | Nipping puppies and mouthy adolescents, part 2 | Nipping puppies and mouthy adolescents, part 3
  • July 2017: The 2017 Wildlife Part 2 Issue:  Rules for interacting with wildlife | Additional Articles: Training challenges: overcoming “My dog will only come when she wants to” | Real life tests of off-leash reliability | Putting “leave it” to the test | Hiking with your dog? Keep an eye out for ticks | Close encounters of the snake variety with our dog | Dealing with difficult distractions – wildlife version | Can dogs be trained not to chase wildlife? | Dogs and wildlife
  • June 2017:  The 2017 Birthday Issue: Romeo: a birthday and the story behind his name | Additional Articles:  Lifelong stages of training – and happy 7th birthday Romeo! | Happy 6th Birthday to Romeo! No longer an adolescent dog | Happy birthday Romeo! Our Vizsla turns 3
  • May 2017 – Food, food and more food…and big news from us that is 5 years in the making: Important tips about preserving commercial dried dog food products | Additional Articles: What goes into making commercial dog treats and tips on buying the healthiest ones for your dog | Foods to avoid feeding your dog | A handy guide to buying beef (for dogs and humans)
  • April 2017 – The 2017 Leash Reactive Dog Issue:  If your dog is aggressive or reactive on leash toward other dogs| Additional Articles: Is your dog aggressive or reactive when on leash? | Is your dog reactive toward other dogs when on leash? | Which breeds are more likely to be aggressive on leash?
  • March 2017 – The 2017 Brain Workout Issue: Dog mental stimulation ideas from our video archives | Tip of the Month: Dogs need mental stimulation too – not only physical exercise! | Additional Articles: Restricted activity after a spay, neuter or other surgery | What does it mean to give your dog “a job”?
  • February 2017 – The 2017 Wildlife Issue:  Dogs and Wildlife | Can dogs be trained not to chase wildlife? | Dealing with difficult distractions – wildlife version
  • January 2017 –  The 2017 Train Your Dog Issue: Benefits of in-home private dog training | Additional Articles: Benefits of group dog training classes | Assessing the status of your dog’s training
  • December 2016 – The 2016 Year End Issue: New Years Resolution – for your dog | Assessing the status of your dog’s training | Are your dog training goals setting you up for failure?
  • November 2016 – The 2016 Holiday Issue: Are your dogs a part of your holiday traditions? | Teach your dog a new holiday trick! | Set your dog up for success over the holidays! | “Out” is a useful cue with your dog when preparing your holiday meal
  • October 2016 – The Healthy Dog Food Issue: The causes of disease and health problems in our pets and the one major thing you can do to help prevent them | Will the Darkest Secrets of Pet Food be Revealed? (WARNING: don't read this if you are easily grossed out) | What goes into making commercial dog treats and tips on buying the healthiest ones for your dog | The sourcing, production and packaging for Peak Power Dog Treats and how we do it differently from other dog food companies | Why choose grass fed beef for your dog
  • September 2016 – The Service Dog Issue:  Want to know more about service dogs? | Additional Articles: What exactly are therapy dogs? | Therapy dog vs Service dog vs Emotional Support Animal
  • August 2016 – The Therapy Dog Issue: What exactly is a therapy dog? |Additional articles: Walking can be such a drag! | Is Your Dog A Model Citizen? | Does the weather affect your dog-walking?
  • July 2016 – The Therapy vs Service Dog Issue: Therapy dog vs Service dog vs Emotional Support Animal |Do you know the signs of heatstroke in your dog? | Use chilled or frozen treats when it’s hot out! | Burning off energy in the summer heat with your dogs
  • June 2016 – The Birthday Issue: Lifelong stages of training |  What is “maintenance” training for your dog and do you need it? | Happy 6th Birthday to Romeo! No longer an adolescent dog | Happy birthday Romeo! Our Vizsla turns 3 | Assessing the status of your dog’s training
  • May 2016 – The Prey Drive Issue: Does your dog have a high “prey drive”?  | Can dogs be trained not to chase wildlife? | Do dogs really develop a “taste for blood”? | Real life tests of off-leash reliability | Successfully training a dog not to chase cars or anything else
  • April 2016 – The Nippy Bitey Mouthy Dog Issue: When will my dog stop the biting, nipping, mouthing behaviors? | Minimizing Puppy Biting | Training tip – for nipping puppies and mouthy adolescent dogs | Nipping puppies and mouthy adolescents, part 2 | Nipping puppies and mouthy adolescents, part 3
  • March 2016 –  The Leash Reactive Dog Issue: Is your dog aggressive or reactive when on leash? | Is your dog reactive toward other dogs when on leash? | Which breeds are more likely to be aggressive on leash? | Should dogs greet other dogs when on leash?
  • February 2016 – The 2016 Dog Sports Issue: Training your dog should be fun! | A new dog sport to try – Treibball | Have you heard of the sport of K9 Nosework for dog training?
  • January 2016 – The 2016 Train Your Dog Issue: January is National Train Your Dog Month | How predictable are you in your dog training sessions? | Dog training session vs the real world | Dog Training Choices | Troubleshooting: when your dog training isn’t working
  • December, 2015 – The 2015 Year-End Issue: New Years Resolution – for your dog | Is your dog earning freedoms? | What are your dog’s motivators or rewards? | What is “maintenance” training for your dog and do you need it? | Are your dog training goals setting you up for failure?
  • November 2015 –  The 2015 Holiday Issue: A solid “Leave It” can be handy for the holidays! | Teach your dog a new holiday trick! | “Out” is a useful cue with your dog when preparing your holiday meal | Set your dog up for success over the holidays! | Putting “leave it” to the test
  • October 2015 – Zuzu's Birthday Issue: Is an assertive dog good or bad? | What’s the “magic” number for maturity? | Exposure to new things, Halloween version | Getting in touch with her inner Terrier
  • September 2015 – The Dog Treats Issue: What goes into making commercial dog treats and tips on buying the healthiest ones for your dog | When your dog “only does it when I have a treat” | Use chilled or frozen treats when it’s hot out! | When your dog doesn’t care about your treats
  • August 2015 – The Dog Toys and Play Issue: Does playing tug with a dog cause aggression? | Additional Articles: Training tip – Chase game with kids and dogs | The benefits of play for dogs | Are your dog’s chew toys safe?
  • July 2015 – The All About Beef Issue, and what you really need to know: Surprising (and a little shocking) data and research conclusions about the benefits of grass fed beef versus grain fed feedlot beef | The sourcing, production and packaging for Peak Power Dog Treats and how we do it differently from other dog food companies
  • June 2015 – The When Will My Dog Mature Issue:  Happy 6th Birthday to Romeo! No longer an adolescent dog | How my Juvenile Delinquent Dogs book came to be | What’s the “magic” number for maturity? | Happy birthday Romeo! Our Vizsla turns 3
  • May 2015 – The Choosing Food For My Dog Issue: How we choose food for our dogs | Dog food recalls and how to protect yourself | How much dog food do I feed
  • April 2015 – The Digging in the Dirt Issue: How spring gardening may lead to your dog digging and how to prevent it | If your dog digs holes | Is your dog burying a bone or other objects? | Soil amendments for our Colorado farm
  • March 2015 – The Walking With Your Dog Issue: The walking with your dog issue | How we keep dogs safely secured on leash walks – video
  • February 2015 – New website and newsletter look | Is Your Dog Biting The Leash?
  • November 2014 – “Wait” for permission to greet/investigate | Exposure to new things, Halloween version
  • October 2014 – Is your dog wearing ID? | Ever lost your dog? | The moving wait dog training tip
  • September 2014 – If your dog digs holes | Guarding bones | Nail trims
  • August 2014 – When walking your dog is no fun | What are your dog’s motivators or rewards?
  • July 2014 – Restricted activity after a spay, neuter or other surgery | When your dog “only does it when I have a treat” | Close encounters of the snake variety with our dog | Can dogs be trained not to chase wildlife?
  • June 2014 – A reliable “drop it” can save a life! | What we feed our dogs | Do you take your dog to dog parks?
  • May 2014 – Is walking your dog a drag? | What size crate for a puppy? | Who are your dog’s friends?
  • April 2014 – Training tip – Use it or lose it! | Should dogs be allowed on furniture? | Overcoming fear of novel things
    Handling, nail trimming, brushing teeth for your dog
  • March 2014 – Training tip – your most important “tool” with your dog is patience! | Puppy play – should big and small dogs be separated? | Puppy biting getting worse?
  • February 2014 – New people & experiences are critical for puppies | Minimizing puppy biting | Puppy bath time – got your rubber ducky?
  • January  2014 –  Training tip – teach your dog a new holiday trick! | Prepping for a puppy | When to start training a new puppy | Adjusting to a new dog sibling – Romeo and Zuzu
  • December 2013 – Training tip – teach puppies to enjoy grooming & handling | Your dog is talking – are you listening?
  • November 2013 – Dog training tip – changing your household rules | Are you a “natural” when it comes to working with dogs? | Does your puppy seem to eat everything – grass, dirt, sticks, rocks?
  • October 2013 – Choosing the right dog training equipment | Does the weather affect your dog-walking? | What are your household rules?
  • September 2013 – Training tip – use chilled or frozen treats when it’s hot out! | Do dogs really develop a “taste for blood”? | Breaking a bad habit – for both you and your dog
  • August 2013 – Ever been to a chiropractor – with your dog? | Do you know the signs of heatstroke in your dog? | Dog training tip – timing is everything! | Hiking with your dog? Keep an eye out for ticks
  • July 2013 – Do you have an evacuation plan in case of emergency? | Training tip – incorporate quickie training sessions into your dog’s routine
  • June 2013 – Should dogs greet other dogs when on leash? | Does your dog hate getting a bath? | Which breeds are more likely to be aggressive on leash? | Training tip – chase game with kids and dogs | Kids and puppies go together – or do they?
  • May 2013 – Eat your veggies, and you can have dessert! | Ever lost your dog? | Help, my dog doesn’t listen when we’re outside!
  • April 2013 – If you were gone, who would care for your dog? | How good is the quality of your dog food? | Fear of men: do NOT try this at home with your dog!
  • March 2013 – What is “maintenance” training for your dog and do you need it? | Review of book Homeless People and Their Pets | When should I start working on my dog’s behavior issues?
  • February 2013 – Is your dog afraid of men, children, or others? | How predictable are you in your dog training sessions? | Should you feed your dog “human” food? | Is your dog reactive toward other dogs when on leash?
  • January 2013 -How soon can you start training your puppy? | Think your dog will never bite someone?
  • December 2012 – Product Updates: Member Area for Juvenile Delinquent Dogs Book Owners | Helping a child overcome his fear of dogs | Should you feed your dog before going to training class? | Does your dry dog food contain corn?
  • November 1, 2012 – Product Updates: Member Area for Juvenile Delinquent Dogs Book Owners | Does our dog have a time limit on his patience or easy-going attitude? | My dog is too distracted in class! | Are dog parks good or bad for your dog? | Is your dog’s diet really complete and balanced?
  • October 1, 2012 – Product Updates:  Online Training Courses | What does it mean to give your dog “a job”? | I’m glad my dog disobeyed me! | What message are you really conveying to your dog? | Do your emotions impact your dog training?
  • September 1, 2012 – Product Updates:  Online Training Courses | Are your dog training goals setting you up for failure? | Is your dog a model citizen? | Romeo earns his Advanced Trick Dog Title | Do we expect too much from our adolescent dogs?
  • August 1, 2012 -Product Updates: Juvenile Delinquent Dogs | Real life tests of off-leash reliability | Does your dog trust you? | Building trust with your dog | Burning off energy in the summer heat with your dogs
  • June 29, 2012 – Product Updates: Juvenile Delinquent Dogs | Dealing with difficult distractions – wildlife version | What percentage of the time is your dog well-behaved? | How my Juvenile Delinquent Dogs book came to be | Happy birthday Romeo! Our Vizsla turns 3 | Changing our dogs’ bad habits – and ours | I have an article published in the APDT Chronicle of the Dog
  • June 1, 2012 –  Product Updates: Juvenile Delinquent Dogs | Saying goodbye to our beloved Greyhound, Jahzara | A letter to Cancer | Troubleshooting: when your dog training isn’t working | Help, my dog’s jumping is getting worse!
  • May 11, 2012 – Our book “Juvenile Delinquent Dogs” is now available! | Preventing possessiveness or resource guarding with puppies | Practice with your dog makes perfect – or at least more pleasant! | When a dog’s arousal is high, it’s hard to make good choices!
  • April 20, 2012 – What do dogs have to do with the Academy Awards? | When your dog’s “fun tricks” come in handy | Is your dog an escape artist?
  • March 30, 2012 – Backyard hazards for your pets | Does stress affect the performance of your dog? | What are the consequences for a dog who misbehaves? | What are the consequences for a dog who misbehaves? Part 2 | How good is your dog’s memory?
  • March 8, 2012 – Training tip – polite greetings from the dog’s perspective | Reduce anxiety by teaching your dog to focus on you | Nipping puppies and mouthy adolescents, part 3
  • February 17, 2012 – Dog bites news anchor: who is to blame? | Training tip – for nipping  puppies and mouthy adolescent dogs | Nipping puppies and mouthy adolescents, part 2
  • January 27, 2012 – Are you looking out for your dog’s safety? | Teach your dog opposites (in/out, over/under, and others) | Stop your dog from eating rocks, socks and other non-food items | Teach your dog something new!
  • January 6, 2012 – Does your dog have trouble with stairs? | Some situations call for a default behavior from our dogs
  • December 16, 2011 – Set your dog up for success over the holidays! | “Out” is a useful cue with your dog when preparing your holiday meal | The benefits of play for dogs | Successfully training a dog not to chase cars or anything else
  • November 17, 2011 – What does sheep herding have to do with dog training? Hint: body blocking | Aggression toward other dogs and resources for help | Preventing, treating and diagnosing diabetes in dogs | Safely breaking up a dog fight | Have you heard of the sport of K9 Nosework for dog training? | Are your dog’s chew toys safe?
  • November 3, 2011 – Training challenges: overcoming “My dog will only come when she wants to” | Addressing separation anxiety in dogs | Offer to participate in a documentary: TRUE LIFE – I HAVE AN OUT OF CONTROL PET | Is your dog jumping on you when you arrive home? Try this! | John Rogerson Seminar provides thought-provoking ideas
  • October 21, 2011 – Is this a behavior or a medical issue? | Is your dog suddenly afraid of familiar things?
  • October 7, 2011 – What causes our strong connection to dogs? | Going “green” for your dog
  • September 21, 2011 – Walking can be such a drag | Modern wolves and domestic dogs are distantly related | Autism, oxytocin and dogs | Is my dog being “dominant”?
  • September 1, 2011 – Does our connection to animals make us human | The domestication of dogs | Good dental health can prolong your dog’s life, says article in Prevention Magazine | “Alpha wolf” – reality or myth?
  • August 18, 2011 – Where Did Momma Go? | Top 10 Warning Signs of Cancer in Pets | Behavioral signs of cancer in dogs | Links and Social Stream Activity
  • August 3, 2011 – How I Use Off-Leash Control With My Dog – Video | Training tip – cool dog treats for hot summer days | “Dog training” works on people too! | What’s the “magic” number for maturity?