Dog Blog Articles

Mar
28
"The hallmark of good dog training is a slack leash." - classic dog training mantra, source unknown.   A tight leash is by far the most common and overlooked underlying problem with dog aggression. I rarely, if ever, see a case of aggression in which the owners have... + read more
Feb
28
Once upon a time, punishment was commonplace in the raising and training of dogs. A reading of The Koehler Method of Dog Training by William Koehler shows us not only that punishment was commonplace but that it was totally acceptable to use extremely harsh punishment. Today, the pendulum has... + read more
Feb
23
Question:    Hi Chad, Until today, and with the exception of recall when at the dog park, my dog had been learning and doing much better in several ways. I stayed away from the Dog Park for almost 2 months and just walked her locally and checking her recall here with the long line.... + read more
Feb
23
The next step after the Intermediate Obedience Class will depend largely on how things went for you and your dog and what your long-term goals and interests are. There are two main questions we need to ask:    1 - Did you complete the course?   Not all students who attend... + read more
Feb
15
Question:  Hi Chad, I hope all is well with you, your family and dogs. We are currently in your group obedience class and you came to our house 3 months ago for a session because of biting and jumping. My wife and I are at our wits end and almost ready to give him up but still love him a... + read more
Feb
03
This quiz is for students of the Thriving Canine Intermediate Obedience Class. Answers can be found at the bottom of the page. Good luck!   Building the Down command into The Long-Down and Down-Stay builds impulse control and teaches dogs that lay down also means settle down.... + read more
Feb
02
Warning:  I strongly believe that E-collar training should never be taught without in-person coaching, therefore, nothing I share regarding E-collars is intended to be used as a D.I.Y. training program. It is only intended to be food for thought or supplementary to in-person training with... + read more
Jan
28
  "My dog understands the commands but she won't do it unless I have a treat."   Training dogs with treats (The Lure and Reward Method) is a great way to get started teaching a dog something new, or even as a way to maintain a high level of motivation over time. On... + read more
Jan
11
I strongly believe that E-collar training should never be taught without in-person coaching, therefore, nothing I share regarding E-collars is intended to be used as a D.I.Y. training program. It is only intended to be food for thought or supplementary to in-person training with Thriving Canine.... + read more
Jan
10
QUESTION:    Hello Chad, I wanted to talk to you about my dog who’s having some strange out of character behavior. She is a small stafford mixed with pit— she is a mama’s girl and is always by my side. She listens and is very sweet. She typically doesn’t care... + read more

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