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Training Tips - Back to School

Below is a list of items to help you and your dog deal with and prevent separation anxiety. Please check out the tips below to help.

  1. Anytime anyone enters the house, I would suggest to not touch or talk to your dog for 5 minutes to prevent jumping up and unwanted excitement. If you are the first person home then I would quietly bring them to the area where they will do their business and reward with lots of praise or some yummy treats.

  2. So that you are aware, if you give them huge amounts of attention while you are in the house, they will think that every time someone is in the house then attention happens yet every time people leave it's not so fun to be by themselves. This will help them be completely fine on their own.

  3. Your dog needs a minimum of a 30 minute walk a day. As a suggestion, each person in the house can choose their day to walk the dog. This will not only burn them out physically yet really turn them into a family dog rather than just one person's dog. Some days you might not be able to do your 30 minutes…give them whatever amount of walk/run/bike/rollerblade/skateboard that you can.

  4. Have your dog follow you around the house as this will help tire them out physically.

  5. As an option, you can bring your dog to a safe off leash area where they can walk, run and play with other dogs. When you bring them to a new environment, keep walking with them. They can have a quick sniff/play with the other dogs and keep walking so that the play doesn't get too intense.

  6. When you need to leave your dog at home then 5 minutes before you leave the house, please give your dog a Bullwrinkle stick, stuffed bone with canned dog food mixed with their kibble or stuffed leftovers in a bone from the freezer (which means someone will have to prepare these stuffed bones once a week and have them handy for the last person who leaves the house). If there are no more stuffed frozen bones in the freezer then grab one of the fresh frozen bones (a very inexpensive way of entertaining them) which were purchased from your local butcher or grocery store.

  7. Key: once your dog is totally focused on their bone (probably about 30 seconds to 1 minute) then grab your keys, jacket and put your boots/shoes on then leave. We need to start to associate with the last person leaving with "Wow, I get a great bone or Bullwrinkle stick when they leave". Feel free to leave the radio or television on to help muffle any outside noises during their day.

  8. Upon your return, do not touch, talk or even look at them. Go over and quietly pick up the bone and place it away until the next time the last person leaves the house. Then I would quietly bring them to the area that your dog will need to do their business and reward with praise and good treats. I would then take them for their 2nd walk of the day.

This will help keep your dog or puppy happy while you are away from them.

If you have any questions on these training tips or would like information on other training tips, please send us an email at or give us a call at 613-253-5535.

Gracie's Puppies

Very exciting news as Gracie had 6 adorable puppies! There are 3 females and 3 males. They have red to cinnamon coloured, soft, wavy to curly coats and will be approximately 18-25 lbs in size. The common denominator is a fantastic temperament.

We are having a Puppy Open House at Gracie's home on Sat. Oct 1 @ 2-4pm. If you are interested in these puppies, please let me know and I can give you directions to see these sweet little ones.

Also, for more information on the puppies and the training options, please see us at

Happy Hound puppies

To be placed on the list there is a non-refundable $250 deposit to confirm a puppy. These puppies will also be available "semi-trained" at 8 weeks if you prefer to do the training yourself.

Feel free to also check out our Happy Hound dog training Facebook page.

Video Series - Puppy Essentials

puppy training essentialsThe Video Series Puppy Essentials teaches you how to stop unwanted puppy behaviours. The video demonstrations include what to do with Puppy Biting, teaches them to Know their Name, conditions your puppy to Yes, shows you how to handle Housetraining, condition them to Off to prevent jumping on people & furniture, discusses Chewing, along with revealing my favourite product recommendations.

Please check out our new Puppy Essentials video for only $19 here and also see a variety of free videos!


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