Leslie Youra

November 21, 2016
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Animal Therapy Success Stories

As I have discussed elsewhere on this site, there are many studies being done to try to establish a link between animal contact and human health. These studies are not exactly conclusive. But the strongest evidence that animals do have a beneficial effect on humans comes from the field of […]
November 21, 2016
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Dog Training: the Recall

What is the recall command? It’s the “come”, “here”, or “dog’s name” command. So, it’s simply coming when called.   This is the most important, and usually the most poorly trained command in dog training. It’s the most important command, because: It keeps the dog safe. If your dog darts […]
November 21, 2016
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Dog Training: Down command

The “down” command is easier to capture than to shape. For one thing, it’s not as easy as some other behaviors to lure. For another, it’s easier to capture the way the dog lays down naturally. If you watch your dog lie down on its own, your dog will lower […]
November 21, 2016
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Dog Training: the “Shake” Trick

On this site, we have covered basic training in behaviors such as the recall, the sit, and the down. But the teaching of tricks is a great way to bond with your dog, it’s cute, and there’s no pressure. Some tricks even have a useful purpose outside of the showing-off […]