Dog Blog

Humans get to make choices in life, so why can't our dogs do the same? This question has given rise to a new trend in professional dog training -- choice training. As its name suggests, choice training empowers dogs to make their own choices during the training process. Canine students are given the freedom to control everything from whether to participate in a training exercise, to when the session should end. Many canine behaviorists favor extending this to other life activities as well, such as allowing the dog to choose whether to get his nails clipped or which path to take on a walk.

Why Choice Training Works

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With delicious real meat as their #1 ingredient, Pet Botanics Training Rewards are irresistible to dogs. Pet parents love them, too, because they're filled with healthy ingredients like our exclusive BotaniFits™ botanical nutrient blend. This unbeatable combination of flavor and nutrition has earned Pet Botanics Training Rewards praise from trainers and pet parents as the "perfect" training treat. But at Cardinal Pet Care, we know there's no one-size-fits-all training reward, which is why we offer Pet Botanics Training Rewards in so many different choices.

Skinny Minis

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More than 600 professional dog trainers from the US and Canada --and as far away as Great Britain -- traveled to Memphis, TN October 17-20 to attend the 2018 Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) Conference. Cardinal Pet Care was proud to be a sponsor of this premier industry event, which gives animal training professionals the opportunity to network and exchange ideas, participate in roundtable discussions, and attend educational workshops that help sharpen their training and business skills.

This year's program featured nationally-known author-trainer Mikkel Becker as a keynote speaker, and included presentations on a wide range of topics, from fear-free canine training to understanding digital technology. Some 50 exhibitors, ...

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temp-post-imageThis is something that we never see from Pepper when we are on the road. The dogs are usually stress panting and up and down constantly. So before this 4-hour trip we misted the back of the vehicle where the dogs would be most comfortable. This was the scene only a few miles down the road. AMAZING! Colbie was sleeping on the floor behind the driver seat.

temp-post-imageWhen we arrived at our destination the pups were up and ready to hit the beach! So we went down to the designated "Dog Area" with our Pet Botanics Training Rewards in hand. Both the girls loved the water and enjoyed a walk down the beach during the sunset.

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If the travel plans include stops at hotels or restaurants, there's no reason to leave Fido behind. Many eateries now have patios, decks and rooftops where four-footed patrons can dine with their human companions. More hotels, too, are accepting canine visitors, as long as the dogs are well behaved and pet parents follow certain guidelines. All it takes is a little pre-planning and some basic rules of pet-iquette to make your pup a welcome guest at these establishments.

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Find Dog-Friendly Places

Pet parents should check ahead for dog-friendly venues along the route and at their final destination. There are a number of websites that list hotels, restaurants and other places that allow dogs, including:

Be sure to contact any establishment you plan to visit beforehand to make sure they still accept pets and find out if they have any special policies regarding furry guests, such as an additional fee or size limitation.

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Special treats add fun to summer outings – not just for people, but for dogs, too. Pet Botanics Grain-Free Mini Duck With Bacon Flavor Training Rewards are the perfect zesty canine snack to take along to parks, beaches and other warm-weather destinations. With a unique combination of two tantalizing flavors -- succulent duck and sizzling bacon, they’re irresistible to canines. And because they’re so healthy and nutritious, pet parents will love them too.

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M-mm M-mm Meat

Meat is the taste dogs love best, which is why it’s the #1 ingredient in Pet Botanics Grain-Free Mini Duck With Bacon Flavor treats. They’re made with real pork liver, along with duck and bacon flavors, for a meaty “around-the-campfire” taste and aroma that dogs will go crazy for. No worries about Bowser begging at the picnic table when he’s got such scrumptious treats of his own!

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More people are taking their four-footed family members along with them on vacation. According to the American Pet Products Association, 37 percent of pet parents now include their dogs on road trips, nearly twice as many as 10 years ago. Here are some simple steps that will help keep pups calm, happy and well behaved during car rides - and make the trip more enjoyable for everyone.

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Dog treats are rewarding, but dog training rewards are not treats. They’re tools used for behavior modification. This important distinction is often missed when it comes to training dogs.

Dog TreatsDog treats are, just as the name suggests, a great way to occasionally spoil a dog. Many treats are made of tougher or chewier textures or are freezable – all to make them last longer – which would slow down or stop a training lesson. Treats can be a great way to associate a positive connection with situations that make dogs uncomfortable. For example, they can be reassuring when given during a thunder storm to distract a dog from the noise. A long-lasting dog chew will help alleviate separation anxiety when the family heads o...

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Even the happiest life changing-events bring new stress, not only to our own lives, but also to the lives of our pet companions. When home or family settings suddenly shift, consider their pet-spective. Our pets experience a change without any understanding of the situation, which can cause fear and anxieties to emerge. Here are 5 life-altering moments that most pets will experience, and some ideas to help them adjust.

Family Vacation – Whether they stay at a kennel or a family member’s home during vacation, this separation period is hard on a pet. Consider the comfort of your furry friend – choose a place that will keep them occupied and active to lessen the strain while you’re away. Take their blanket or bed wit...

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Training doesn’t start when a dog sits - it starts when a dog is attentive and ready to work! This may seem impossible to achieve, especially with a hyperactive pup. To get the instant focus required for learning, the best way to a dog’s brain is through his nose. A great taste and palpability are important to be sure, but the intense canine sense of smell wins out instantly when trying to command concentration with a treat.

Dogs rely on their sense of smell far more heavily than people do. It’s estimated that dogs can identify scents 1000 – 10,000 times more efficiently than humans. On the other hand, humans have a far better sense of taste than our canine companions. This suggests that a dog’s sense of tas...

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