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Ring My Bell- Conditioning and Consistency with your Habibi Bear Puppy

Last week we talked about puppy zones and spatial learning, and how understanding those concepts when your puppy arrives home can set your puppy up for success. Today we’ll cover another pillar of training a “Super Pup” – Conditioning. What is conditioning?  Conditioning, according to Brittanica.com, is the behavioral process whereby a response becomes more ...

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Puppy Zones & Spatial Learning

Last week we discussed how we at Habibi Pup Academy (Go Bears!) spend quite a bit of time and effort to train your puppy to be in a state of calm and quiet as their default mode. We do this to build and maintain a training foundation that we can model further more complex sets of behavioral commands, commands like “sit”, “down”, or even “kennel” for puppy ...

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Bugs and Critters Oh My! Parasites and your Dog

Last week in our blogpost, Retractable Leashes , we made mention that one excellent reason to keep puppy by your side while out walking is to avoid the temptation of puppy to find “goodies” to nibble on without your permission and before you can stop it. You know, things that may seem tasty to puppy but disgusting to us, like (ahem) “kitty roca,” dead roden...

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Big Puppy Energy- Adjusting our expectations of a new puppy coming home.

Here at Habibi Bears, we get so many emails from new trained puppy parents who frequently ask the same question- “Does my dog like me? They don’t seem to be excited to see me!” Another frequent remark is “My puppy isn’t jumping up to greet me when I come home.” Dear and gentle readers, if you only knew how many hours we spend making sure your puppy is NOT ex...

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Danger on a string: The lure of retractable leashes

While out the other morning returning from a trip to the grocery store, a scenario caught my eye that had the potential for disaster and heartbreak. Driving past an apartment complex, a middle-aged man was out on a walk with his small terrier mix dog. Ok, everyday occurrence, nothing scary to see here at first glance. However, as I was passing I heard the lo...

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Why not the dog park?

Dog parks have become a growing popular trend, and its one that causes most trainers and behaviorists to cringe when they hear about their clients taking their new puppies to. While it sounds like a wonderful experience for your puppy, the opportunity to play and socialize with other dogs......the reality is the dog park contains way too many unknowns to b...

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Adolescence - What happened to my puppy???

Adolescence : 5-24 MONTHS We always know when our puppies hit this stage, as we begin to receive emails and questions about our clients wonderful puppies suddenly behaving badly!   Emily and I will look at each other and ask.... are they hitting that phase?  The answer is always yes!  This week we had three families reach out feeling flustered by their dog's...

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A Day in the life of our Master Trainer, Emily

Have you ever thought , "it must be such a fun job to train dogs full-time"?   Well it is something we are absolutely passionate about, and we do love what we do, or we wouldn't be 33 years strong!  However raising puppies - specifically  TRAINING - young puppies is very labor intensive work.  I am often left in awe - literally with my mouth open - when I l...

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How to Engage with your dog at an even deeper level!

I know some of you are always looking for ways to expand the amount of quality time with your dog, and including your dog in your mindfulness practice is a perfect way to deepen and strengthen the bond between you, and increase your effectiveness as a calm Pack Leader. Mindfulness is a word that is used quite a lot, but in the most basic of definitions it is...

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Doggy Super Heroes: The Sequel

We’ve had some inquiries about our previous post, “Doggy Super Heroes” on how best to help our precious pups achieve Super Hero status. It is so exciting for us at Habibi U & Pup Academy (Go Bears!) to assist you every step of the way. Are you ready?  Let’s go!  Be familiar with your puppy’s training routine and educational path.  If your dog has been with o...

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Doggy Super Heroes: Service and Therapy Dogs

Before bringing home your Habibi Bear, it is super important to decide on the exact role that your new dog will fulfill in your family. Is it one of a family pet, or a companion to another dog already in your home, or will it be used as a service animal, providing a specific task to you or one of your family members to improve their day to day quality of lif...

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Proper Socialization Tips

What is dog socialization? Why is it so important? Dog socialization essentially means exposing your dog to a plethora of new sounds, sights, smells, surfaces, environments, objects, people and animals in a way that helps your dog open up to them in a positive way and be calm and confident. It is crucial to socialize a puppy and it can have the following ben...

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DEVELOPING A DOG WITH A SPECIAL PURPOSE


I’m Julie, the creator of the Habibi Bear. Developed exclusively to provide support for children with Autism & special needs.  I was inspired by my students and wanted to assist them by raising a dog that can be their voice and help them navigate their world. Over the years, this vision has expanded as we now serve people of all ages with our in-house training program.  

Our naturally reared dogs are vitally healthy and have a rich gene pool with no inbreeding. I have an open stud book and will always be open to outcrossing to further my line. Health & temperament are paramount in my pursuit of raising dogs with a purpose.

In the beginning I told myself I would do this as long as it still lights me up inside and there is a need for my dogs.  Here I am years later, and I’m still having a ball, and our network is now international.  Every puppy amazes me with their uncanny ability to connect to people's hearts. It’s an honor to be the guardian of these special little bears, and be part of something quite magical between the hearts of human and dog.

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