Dog Blog

Feb
28
The terms “positive”, “positive reinforcement” and “reward-based” dog training get tossed around a lot these days. Trainers that identify with these labels tend to interpret them as meaning “treat-based” but in actuality NONE of these labels have the... + read more
Dec
06
  Does Your Dog Know the Difference Between Stay and Wait? Understanding the seemingly subtle yet profound differences between Stay and Wait are not only life enhancing, they can save your dog’s life! Intrigued? Good, then let's take a look at these two commands,... + read more
Nov
26
One of my favorite things to do with my dogs is go for a hike, and if the laws permit, I love to let my dogs off-leash so they can roam around and explore. Granted, my dogs are well-trained and don't wander too far from me and come back when called which gives me the confidence to give them... + read more
Oct
27
Dogs learn best in black and white. This is good, this is bad. This is allowed, this is not. It's so simple! Learning happens through contrast and the more obvious the contrast the easier, faster and more reliable the training. This is a no-brainer and totally self evident to anyone who's... + read more
Sep
23
Have you ever taken a moment to think about all the things you do and don't do in your life? Why do you do the things you do? Why don't you do those things you don't do? When you stop to think about it, do you enjoy everything you do? Do you ever find yourself doing things that you... + read more
Jun
25
Most dog training advice comes with some variation on the theme of leadership. Many dog trainers will say you need to be the "Alpha Dog" or “Pack Leader” and with the hugely popular TV series "Dog Whisperer" almost everyone has heard the phrase "Rules,... + read more
Apr
28
"No pulling, stop, stop, easy girl, sit, sit, sit!" - average dog owner whose dog just won't listen.    On any given day it's not uncommon to see people being towed along behind a dog straining at the end of a tight leash. Wait, let me rephrase that... + read more
Apr
14
Many clients will start off by telling me that their dog already knows all the basic commands BUT...only at home, only if they have a treat, and certainly not if there's another dog anywhere nearby. There's almost always a 'but' and it's almost always connected to the four D... + read more
Mar
18
Thinking about getting a second dog...or third, fourth or fifth? That’s great! I'm happy for you, but, I’m also glad I caught you before you make too hasty a decision. I have four dogs and would love to have more but, like everyone, I have limits. No matter how many dogs you... + read more
Feb
19
When I do private behavior consults, the topic of dogs on the furniture comes up a lot. Clients will say, "I know I shouldn't let her on the sofa but we like to cuddle." Others try to keep the dog off the sofa without success. Sometimes one family member wants to allow it but others... + read more

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