You’re Never Too Cool for School

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Here at Wooftopia, we are proud to bring you a variety of training classes. Whether you have a puppy, adolescent, adult, or senior, we offer something for every dog and owner team. Our team is schooled in positive reinforcement training and are constantly learning. With any science based profession, it is important to keep up to date with the most … Read More

Why Daycamp; Why Wooftopia

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Wooftopia Dog Training and Recreation Centre offers premium dog daycamp to help satisfy your dog’s physical, emotional and social needs. Dog daycamp is a great solution for owners with long work days, or dogs who need the stimulation above and beyond what you do at home. 5 Reasons for Daycamp #1: Exercise Exercise is a necessity to maintain your physical … Read More

“Squirrel? WHERE?!?” Training a Reliable Recall

Dez KlippensteinBehavior, Rescue, Training2 Comments

Does your dog come when called? Let me rephrase the question. Does your dog come when called immediately, no matter where you are,what you are doing, or what is around you? The majority of the dog owning population will say that generally their dog comes to them when called inside the house, or in the yard, but not as much … Read More

Brain Games for Dogs

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How do you exercise your dog? Do you exercise their brain too? Mental stimulation is just as important as physical exercise. Throughout history, dogs have been bred to have jobs. Sure, most of our pets aren’t working dogs, but none the less they still need something to do to keep busy. Dogs that are heavily exercised but lack outlets for … Read More

Weekend Crate Training Plan

Dez KlippensteinBehavior, Training6 Comments

Crate training is seen in two lights; it is cruel to confine your dog to a kennel, and it is good for them to have their own safe place for down time. I believe that the crate is a great retreat for your pooch, as well as an amazing training tool. A few positive aspects to using a crate: Can … Read More

DNA Results Are In!

Dez KlippensteinMy Dogs, Rescue5 Comments

I finally sent in Kali and Nanu’s DNA tests and got the results just over a week later. I know many people are skeptical but I believe that they have some merit to them (as it is the same or very similar technology to a human DNA test). You can also purchase the tests from a variety of dog rescues … Read More

Introducing a New Dog into Your Home

Dez KlippensteinBehavior, Training2 Comments

Hello! I have had a few fosters and adopters contact me recently about how they should introduce a new dog into their home, so I thought I would write about it today. Introducing a new dog into your home is a very important part of adopting or fostering. First and foremost, the meeting between the new dog and your current … Read More

Why Punishment Fails in Dog Training

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As you all know, I am a Positive Reinforcement Dog Trainer, and am against any use of physical or verbal punishment. Scientific studies have proven that punishment fails in dog training, and here are just a few of the reasons why: The use of punishment is training your dog what NOT to do, while using positive reinforcement trains the dog … Read More

Resource Guarding – Part 2

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Hi everyone! I will write about some alternate forms of resource guarding today, focusing on food. Resource guarding is a normal behavior for a dog, especially if they grew up in a situation where they had to fight for their possessions. This behavior can range from relatively tame behavior, like running away with a coveted item or growling at an approaching … Read More