Category: Training

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Fairy Godmothers and Magic Wands

We all live in a world that we’d love to change. Dog training is often about “changing” a dog in the opinion of the owners. It is important to look at our dogs and...

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Rewarding vs. Bribing

“Eat your vegetables and you can have dessert.” Remember hearing this as a kid? I may have hated green beans as a child but if I knew there was ice cream afterwards I could...

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It’s All About the Food

During my 30 years as a dog trainer I have yet to meet an owner who refuses to feed their dog. Many owners feed their dog religiously twice daily.  Yet many of these owners are...

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My Dog is Stubborn!

As a professional dog trainer I try not to label the dogs I work with. I observe the dog’s behavior and then try to help the owner understand why their dog may be misbehaving...

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Practice and Proofing Behaviors

The recent controversy involving a German Shepherd on the movie set of “A Dog’s Purpose” has sparked much discussion regarding the treatment of animals in the name of “training” and “entertainment.” The video clearly...

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Fading the Food? Should you?

One question we get asked repeatedly is “When can I get rid of using food?” The answer…Never! At least in our minds. Everyone needs to eat so why not use part of your dog’s...

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Engage with your dog!

Want to move away from food rewards? A great article on building a deeper relationship with training, by connecting with your dog. Engagement: Why the Extremes?