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Dog Food Q & A

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One of the most common things I am asked is ,”What dog food do you feed your dog?”  Although I opt for a primarily raw or home made diet, there are several off-the-shelf dog foods that I will work into my dog’s diet. Those store bought dog food brands currently include Ziwi Peak, Stella & Cheweys and Addiction.  I will not …

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Barking Dogs

In Behavior, Problem Solvingby Robert CabralLeave a Comment

People seem to be annoyed at two types of dogs: biting dogs and barking dogs. today I’d like to address the Barking Dogs. There are certain things to look at in dogs that bark – some you can change and some you can’t. For example, dogs bark to alert that someone is coming or something is wrong. That you don’t …

What You Can Expect from Your Dog

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People generally have very high expectations from their dogs. They are always telling people how smart they (the dogs) are and how good they are. This is often followed by the statement “except for when…” That is where the litany of excuses comes in. Such as, except for when: The door is left open There’s another dog around He sees …

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Training Your Dog to Look

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With so much focus being given to different training methods and trainers, I’d like to address one thing that every dog and their handler / human MUST focus on. This single component to training can make all the difference between good training and bad training, it can be used to train for good behavior as well as counter-training problem behaviors. …

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What I Feed My Dog

In Dog Food, Dog Healthby Robert CabralLeave a Comment

One of the most common questions I’m asked is “What do you feed your dog?”   I think this is such an important question and since I’m asked it so often, I thought I would address it here. I’ve researched and investigated so many options over the years and continue to find the best options for my dog all the …

The Start of Something….

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This is so funny, as I am now in the process of launching my Robert Cabral site as a wordpress site and getting all of my thoughts together, I just noticed this blog post, which I never posted.  It was written 3 years ago and as you can tell, I haven’t changed.  So here’s the original post and I will …

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Treat Training

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I’m perplexed at the amount of trainers I see polarized in their approach to dog training: either all compulsion based or all reward based, also known as treat training.  I saw a post the other day on facebook by a trainer who boasted of how he was able to get a few dogs, that had aggression issues, to sit together.  …

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The Dog Training Diet Syndrome

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I am often perplexed by people who take their dog training just about as serious as their New Years Diet. That is, they do it for a while and then let it go. In this situation everyone suffers: the people, the dog, the people who come into contact with the dog, the dogs that come into contact with the dog …

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Dog’s Behaviors Don’t Fix Themselves

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Dogs are creatures of survival. They find what works and they keep doing it. Their behaviors don’t change, they simply adapt. If they are heading in a direction of aggression, they will continue in that direction until it stops working. Dogs are masters of opportunity and will use this skill to push any behaviors that are not put into check. …

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Dog Training Starts with a Relationship

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I encounter many clients who have dogs that are trained, yet the people can not get the dog to do that which the dog has been trained to do. There are several reasons for this. Among the biggest hurdles that people face is that if they didn’t train the dog themselves they will have a harder time with the dog. …