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Q & A: Barking and Lunging at Home Depot

Note: Some details, such as names and breeds, may have been changed for identity protection.  Question:  Hi Chad, We brought our dog, Maggie, to Home Depot tonight. Maggie was calm when she entered. She was calm when she passed by people not noticing her. When one guy...

Housebreaking in Three Simple Steps (puppy book excerpt)

To be clear, simple does not mean easy to do, it means easy to understand or uncomplicated. While some puppies will be easier than others, there is no question that housebreaking a puppy can be challenging. The topic will be covered in much more detail throughout the...

Tails From The Field: Anti E-collar Email

“Tails From The Field” is a series of true stories from Chad Culp’s experience in the field of professional dog training. Some details, such as names and breeds, may have been changed for privacy protection.  --------------------------------------------------------...

Tails From the Field: How I Became a Professional Dog Trainer

“Tails From The Field” is a series of true stories from Chad Culp’s experience in the field of professional dog training. Some details, such as names and breeds, may have been changed for privacy protection. ------------------------------------------------------ A lot...

Hollywood, Ben Franklin & You (Puppy Book Excerpt)

The Lassie Syndrome  For decades Hollywood has used canine “actors” to create the illusion that dogs naturally have the ability to read your mind, understand your words and behave with proper etiquette...illusion being the key word there. If you watch carefully, you...

Dog Training: Group Class vs Private Lessons

“Should we take the group class or does my dog need private lessons?” This is a popular question but we need to know your situation in order to answer it correctly. Are you having behavior problems or just wanting to teach basic commands? How is your dog in new...

Our Refund Policy

What Is Thriving Canine's Refund Policy?  Our refund policy varies by service and by the particulars of any given situation. See below:  Private Lessons: Private lessons are generally paid for at the end of each session, so there is really no refund policy needed. If...

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Separation Anxiety: Leaving Dogs Alone