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Dogs thrive on routine and consistency. It makes them feel safe and secure to have things in life they can count on and rules they can follow without confusion. With that said, however, dogs also thrive on new adventures to alleviate boredom and challenge or stimulate their minds. This might sound... + read more
If you have a dog that perches in the window, peacefully soaking up the sun like a cat while calmly watching the world go by, then you are one of the lucky 1%. (Facts may be over-dramatized to make a point.)  These beautifully curious dogs are totally unaffected by all that is happening on the... + read more
If you have a dog that consistently comes when called anywhere at anytime, this blog may not be for you but you may find it helpful for maintaining or sharpening that good behavior and responsiveness to avoid having it fade. For those of you who do not have a dog that is amazingly well-trained... + read more
As we move into the hottest weeks of Summertime, there are a lot of great activities that the outdoors can bring that are fun for both humans and dogs - hiking, games at the park and long walks to name a few. However, there are some basic safety precautions to keep in mind to keep Fido safe on... + read more
"Should I teach my dog to "Speak" in order to stop his barking problems?"  -Loving Dog Owner Teaching your dog to "Speak" or bark on cue can be a fun trick but should not be used as a behavior modification technique for dogs with barking problems.  Some of... + read more
If you were to look up the terms "Classical and Operant Conditioning" online, you'd likely get a slew of scientific terminology that may or may not make sense to you. This blog will attempt to boil it all down into simple terms with examples that are easy to relate to. Classical and... + read more
Effectively communicating from human being to human being continuously proves to be a tricky thing to accomplish. Think about how many misunderstandings take place between managers and employees, husbands and wives, parents and children, friends and friends on a daily basis. In this context, it is... + read more
It is not at all unusual for my dog training clients to call me with concerns regarding their dog's aggression around their food bowl. In many cases, dogs don't like people to get near their dog dish when eating and can get very possessive when people are too close to them at meal time.... + read more
Extinction is a behaviorist's term and has nothing to do with the disappearance of the dinosaurs. Simply put, extinction is the disappearance of a behavior through lack of reinforcement. One technique of solving certain types of behavior problems is to do nothing. Nothing?  Nothing! Many... + read more
As the saying goes, we don't get what we want, we get what we expect. With this thought-provoking idea swirling around, ask yourself, "what am I expecting from my life? What do I expect from my job, family, friends and, yes, my dog?" I've heard my dog training clients say such... + read more


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