Doggie Boot Camp


Dog Training Articles

David Dickey, the founder and head trainer of Doggie Boot Camp, has published numerous articles about dog training during his 30 years in the business. Below are some of his past articles.


Helping the Fearful Dog

Conrad had two owners by the time he was one year old. His second owner had kids who would smack him in the face, and it was very obvious through his behavior that the dog had been kicked, hit and had things thrown at him quite often… The result of the abuse Conrad received in his previous homes was manifested by the fact that he had become very fearful of men and other dogs.

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Dog Plus Cat Versus Small House/Small Yard

Kathleen Gage and Jamie Berger live in a 1200-square-foot home and have employed some successful strategies with their Yellow Labrador, Shiloh, that can help you keep the dog you want in the space you have.

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Christmas Dogs

Many people buy dogs during the holiday season. But since most South Bay residents have limited backyard space, there are things that should be considered prior to bringing home the new family member. You need to consider lifestyle, housetraining and how the dog will get exercise.

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The Mouthy Puppy

When Kevin and Devra Kronfeld added a companion dog for their family and 12-year-old Golden Retriever, they chose a Great Dane. “Many of our friends and family thought we’d lost our minds, since the dog would become very large, and we have a four-year-old son and an eight-year-old daughter in the house,” said Kevin.” What made the situation worse was that their new dog was a definite mouthy puppy. “The puppy’s mouth always seemed to be on the kids arms, hands and legs.”

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Ty –The Wonder Dog

Does your dog have the potential to become a movie star? So many people have told Tracy Neumeier that her dog should be, she has started to take it seriously. Tracy, a preschool teacher at American Martyrs, was walking down the street with Ty one day, when an animal movie agent stopped and advised her that Ty had the X-factor that makes dogs successful in front of a camera.

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Rufus & Riley

Rufus and Riley are two, 15-week-old, Black Lab/Golden Retriever mixed puppies. They are brothers that initially had little opportunity to socialize with the outside world. They were born in a backyard and only ventured out to play in the street. “They hadn’t even been handled by their original owners,” says current owner Mark Enfield. “The first human contact they had was being picked up out of the gutter at 7.5 weeks.”

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Dog Saves Rabbit’s Life

Dennis and Lisa Komick have two dogs named Yeti and Brodie. Dennis’ mother “Grandma” owns a pet rabbit named Coco Bunny. One evening, it was raining buckets of water when Dennis let both his dogs out into Grandma’s backyard to go to the bathroom. Like most small dogs, they did not want to be in the rain and even hesitated going out. Normally, they rush outside, go to the bathroom and then quickly return. Today was different.

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The Pain of Separation

Dogs are members of our families. We are their main social group—their pack—and they depend on us for virtually all of their physical needs. Dogs also rely on us to fulfill their emotional needs with companionship, affection and love.

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House Training 101

Whether you have a new puppy or an older rescue dog, house training is paramount for integrating this new family member into your household.

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Honoring the Human-Animal Bond

I recently sat down with Dr. Alice Villalobos, DVM, to talk about her new book, “Canine and Feline Geriatric Oncology: Honoring the Human-Animal Bond.” She’d just returned from a book tour, and I asked her about her new book and about her return to Hermosa Beach to practice Pawspice (pet hospice).

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“Being around dogs all my life and running my own busy dog grooming company I have seen a lot of quote “dog trainers” and many disappointed people who felt that they had wasted their money on lots of talking and no accomplishments of training and problem solving with their dogs. Quite simply: David"

Khurt Maier, Owner, Lucky Dog Grooming