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Socializing Your New Puppy

Socializing Your New Puppy

Meet Le Le! Le Le is an adorable, 13-week-old, Labrador retriever. Le Le is playful and can be timid. Like so many new puppy parents, Le Le’s have heard about the importance of socializing a new puppy.  They wanted to know: what is socialization, how do you do it, and...
Check-in’s Teach Your Dog to Look to You for Guidance.

Check-in’s Teach Your Dog to Look to You for Guidance.

Mutual awareness is an important part of you and your dogs relationship – it is the essence of inter-species communication. With the right training plan, you can improve how you communicate with your dog by teaching your dog to “check-in” with you. What is a Check-in?...
Teach Your Dog to Heel

Teach Your Dog to Heel

Why Heel? This is an Ask Strategy. It teaches your dog that good things happen when they walk next to you. A heel command can help distract a nervous or reactive dog from getting worked up. The Goal of Heel Teach your dog to walk next to you on command. Great for...
Zen Dog Training Celebrates it’s 10th Anniversary

Zen Dog Training Celebrates it’s 10th Anniversary

Zen Dog Training is proud to announce that we have reached a milestone. In November, Zen Dog Training celebrates it’s 10th anniversary! To celebrate this special event, everyone is invited to join us on Sunday, September 27th at Assembly Row Farmers Market from 10:30...
Help for the Shy or Fearful Dog

Help for the Shy or Fearful Dog

Meet Watson and Bruno! Watson is a 17-month-old and his new buddy, Bruno is 7-months-old.  Watson is a Zen Dog Puppy Kindergarten alum and despite his small size, he was a confident pup during classes.  It was good to see his confidence and socialization skills were...
How to Use a Long Line to Teach Coming When Called

How to Use a Long Line to Teach Coming When Called

Stepping Outside Once you have mastered getting your dog to come when they’re called while inside the house, it’s time to move outside! Using a Long Line is a great intermediary step for off-leash training — if your dog decides to run off or test the...
Bonding With Your Dog

Bonding With Your Dog

How to Bond With Your New Puppy! You want your puppy to bond with you and your family. Bonding is especially important with new puppies, shy dogs, and if you have children. Being proactive with socialization exercises will help your dog learn to bond with ALL members...
Respectful Training for the Demanding Puppy

Respectful Training for the Demanding Puppy

Presenting Ziggy! He is an adorable, 12-week-old Irish Terrier/Poodle mix.  Ziggy is a bit timid, but demanding.  He wanted everything from his owner:  he wanted her to play with him all the time, he wanted her to let him go outside all the time, and he wanted her to...
Total Recall

Total Recall

Meet Link! Link is a 4-year-old charming mixed breed. Link’s mom is moving to the UK and is looking for some off-leash tips and training for Link before they move. With an adult dog, the best way to teach off-leash control and Coming When Called (a.k.a. Recall) is to...
Leash Walking Your Puppy

Leash Walking Your Puppy

Meet Riggins! Riggins is a very handsome, 10-week-old, Rhodesian Ridgeback. Riggins’ parents contacted Zen Dog Training at 10 weeks to insure good walking habits. As an adult, Riggins is projected to be over 100 lbs, so having command of the walk is essential!...