Raising a Balanced Puppy

How To Keep Your Sanity While Raising A Balanced Puppy

In a word, structure, structure, structure, structure.

Your life is going to revolve around a schedule broken into one hour and two hour segments from am to pm for proper puppy training.  If you don't have a life that lends itself to that kind of attention, then don't get a puppy.  Harsh, I know.  But real.  Sure, there's ways of jury rigging potty training and feeding so we can earn a living, that's not what I'm talking about.  Having the awareness that you need to figure out how to accomodate a puppy's needs is half the battle.  There are a million creative solutions.  But that those time based needs, need to be met, is non-negotiable.

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The Marker System

"Yes is the Key" 

One of the core tools used here at the ranch is the Marker System, the use of the word "yes" or "good" to mark a correct behavior, followed by a treat reward in the early stages to create incentive to learn and positive association with the word "yes".  Markers allow dogs to understand the precise behavior that we are trying to get them to capture, whether a simple sit, or a find in search and rescue.  Over and over again, dogs come into training with vast zones of confusion as to what is expected of them, and what we are really asking them to do. 

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Propriocetion: Balance By Any Other Name

A Product of Kinaesthetics for Animals

This article is one in a series of articles designed to introduce key concepts from the world of bodywork as they are applied to the dog world.  The author and founder of the Kinaesthetics system of therapy has worked with humans and animals for over 20 years.  Her animal clients have included World Champion performance horses in a multitude of disciplines, dogs of innumerable breeds, and a variety of other animals.

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  1. The Teachable Moment

AZ Doggy Dude Ranch Dogs..

Arizona Doggy Dude Ranch Dogs Learn To:

  • Come when called every time...on or off leash!
  • Sit or down when asked...for as long as you want!
  • Walk like a gentleman or lady on a loose leash!
  • Pay attention when you need them!
  • Be wonderfully well-mannered pets inside and outside the home!


Shellie Ferguson

hot-dogHi there -

Thought I'd send a quick pic and an update on Brody since he has hit his one year anniversary from "boot camp" already.



AngelsThe girls were so good in the car and also at the rest stop....

What a wonderful, exhilerating, educational, awe-inspiring experience we had with you.  You certainly exceeded our expectations with the girls.


Marc Goldberg - CDT

Marc GoldbergMaryna has an amazing touch with both dogs and people. Rarely does one dog trainer ever permit another to work with his dogs. Dog trainers are very particular about how their pets are handled. Maryna has worked with my own dogs at my request.
Even though I have been training dogs for over 30 years, in just a few moments, Maryna taught my pets a few new tricks, calming them significantly and quickly. What pleased me most was how gentle and loving Maryna treats dogs. They respond to her very quickly with trust and love.



EmmaJust a note to let you know that Emma (and I !!) are doing very well....we walk every day and she does a great job in sitting and staying...and quite well at heeling....


Deb Tollefson

Deb Tollefson, Retired
Veterinary Technician
Office Manager, Co-owner--Veterinary Clinic
I am sharing something with you that you may or may not be interested in, but I was so impressed yesterday at what I observed that I just couldn't sit on it.
My friend Maryna, who has been keeping my neck and back healthy for years, has a home full of her own very well-behaved dogs. I was always impressed that they never tried to jump on me and always responded so well when given commands. Mostly, if they were in the house they just looked up from their appointed resting places, and then ignored me.

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