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Being Your Dog’s Alpha

Being Your Dog’s Alpha

Do you have to be the Alpha? Many people have heard that in order to train a dog, you must become their “alpha,” based on the belief that dogs are descended from wolves and need a strong pack leader (alpha). Even popular TV shows like The Dog Whisperer have...
New Puppy Guide

New Puppy Guide

This everything you need to know guide is designed for people who want to train their puppy the Zen Dog way and learn the most important steps to take, what lessons to focus on, pitfalls to avoid—and can be read in less than ten minutes! The goal at Zen Dog Training...
Virtual Dog Training – Private and Group

Virtual Dog Training – Private and Group

Zen Dog Training offers virtual puppy and adult dog training with private sessions! Zen Dog Training offers Private Training Sessions. Packages can be all Virtual or include both Virtual and Outdoor sessions*: Virtual Training sessions “In-home sessions” – conducted...
Understanding Dogs

Understanding Dogs

The nature of how dogs learn must be considered when training Dogs learn by trial and error. In the wild or in people’s homes, they are motivated by figuring out what works and what doesn’t work. Contrary to what some people say, they don’t feel guilt the way humans...
How to Socialize a Puppy to Touch

How to Socialize a Puppy to Touch

Torture your Puppy?! When it comes to raising a Zen Dog, there are 7 Essential Puppy Lessons every new owner must master. However, the lesson that is most important to veterinarians, groomers, parents and owners who want their dog to grow into a canine good citizen...
Socialization Tips for New Puppy Owners

Socialization Tips for New Puppy Owners

If you are a well-read new puppy owner you know the Socialization Period for puppies is between the ages of 3-14 weeks. This is the time in their lives when they are the most open and accepting to new experiences, people, places, and things. During this critical...
Why Zen Dog Training?

Why Zen Dog Training?

The methods you choose for training your dog matter. Dog training in general has boiled down into two camps, with the all-positive-all-the-time (think: treats and clickers) at one extreme and on the other side, alpha-dog methods that encourage “dominance or...
New Puppy Shopping Guide

New Puppy Shopping Guide

Bringing a new puppy into your life is exciting! With new puppy owners, the question we hear the most is: how do you integrate a puppy into the home and quickly teach them the rules? In some ways, preparing for a new puppy is similar to preparing for a new baby; there...
Resources for Newly Adopted Dogs

Resources for Newly Adopted Dogs

Bringing a new rescue dog into your home can be difficult, as shelter dogs, older dogs, and puppies often need help getting adjusted to their new home. Typical problem behaviors that newly adopted dogs tend to struggle with are: Separation Anxiety, Resource Guarding,...
Zen Dog Training – Methods

Zen Dog Training – Methods

Controlling outcomes by Rewarding, Interrupting, Preventing, Ignoring, and Creating Teaching Moments. A Zen Human Makes a Zen Dog Zen Dog Training is focused on how we interact with our dogs—which is the key to successful training. Our Games and Solutions are...