The Two-Week ShutdownIMG_0729
When you bring your adopted dog home, you naturally want to take him everywhere and show him off! But for a confused animal undergoing a big life transition, this can be overwhelming. A “shutdown” can make for a stress-free introduction to a forever home.

Dog-Dog Introductions
What does a ‘proper intro’ really look like? The best way to introduce your dog to a new dog begins with a parallel walk in neutral territory, while you reinforce calm and polite behaviour.

Creating a Happy Multi-Dog Family
Dogs, like people, don’t always enjoy sharing their space. But taking the time to slowly integrate your new family into the household can set up great canine relationships that last a lifetime.

Love & Leadership (‘Nothing In Life is Free!’)
True leaders don’t need to yell or physically dominate. You are the “gatekeeper” to food, resources, toys, and everything good in life. Your dog’s job is to work to earn these important and fun privileges.

Your Pit Bull: A Social Butterfly
The typical pit bull is very social as a pup and begins to show some intolerance of other dogs as he matures, between 18 months and 3 years of age. While early socialization and training are Fynn2important, so are recognizing your dog’s limits and setting him up for success.

Dog Aggression vs. Leash Reactivity
Many dogs become frustrated when they are restrained on leash and unable to greet other dogs. The key to managing leash reactivity is handling your dog with confidence and asking him to focus on you.

Pit Bulls at the Dog Park
Very few mature pit bulls can handle the confined chaos of an off leash dog park. This environment sets your dog up to fail and get into a fight. Instead, we recommend supervised play groups and on leash activities for socialization.

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