The Dangers of Prong Collars

As ardent proponents of positive reinforcement training methods for dogs, we at Puget Sound Puppers have taken a strong stand against the use of aversive training tools such as shock, choke, and prong collars. Why is this so important? What are the dangers of using...

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Raw Diets for Dogs: A Professional’s Opinion

While doing research for my previous post on foods dogs should avoid, I came across a variety of seemingly contradictory opinions when it came to raw foods like meat, bones, and eggs. Some people recommended against including raw meat and eggs in your dog’s diet due...

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6 Surprising Foods That Dogs Should Avoid

Disclaimer: Puget Sound Puppers are not pet health care professionals and you should always check with a veterinarian if you are concerned about anything your pet does or does not ingest.  It’s commonly known that dogs need to avoid foods like chocolate, alcohol, and...

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Debunking the Myth of the Alpha Dog (Part I)

Perhaps the most die-hard myth about dogs is the belief that humans must dominate and constantly prove to their dogs that the human is the Alpha, the pack leader, the one in charge. Dogs must be convinced they’re the subordinates. If humans don’t do this, the myth...

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How to Identify Foxtail Grasses And Why It’s Important

Foxtail grasses are easy to overlook and are often disregarded by the average dog owner, but they can be extremely dangerous when ignored. Foxtail grasses can be identified by their “foxtail,” a bushy group of spiked seeds that resemble the tail of a fox. These spiked...

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“How Do I Stop My Dog…?”

“How do I stop my 2 year old Labrador from jumping all over me and my visitors? I’m not sure how to correct him so he’ll learn it’s bad.” Most people looking for help with dog training ask a question like this. Usually when a question starts with a phrase like, "How...

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Wesley Hawkins

Wesley Hawkins

Owner/CEO | ABCDT | AKC-CGC | Member, APDT

I decided to study dog behavior and training, because I wanted my two-year-old Labrador to behave better. I found the work so fascinating that I started Puget Sound Puppers in 2010 and became a Certified Dog Trainer by the Animal Behavior College (ABCDT) in 2012. Since then, I've enjoyed teaching people how to have a better quality of life with their canine loved ones through the fun, easy, and dog-friendly use of positive reinforcement training.

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