Dog Blog Articles

Nov
12
Week 1: Cobwebs, Stand, Finish   Take Roll - CGC or Cafe Greeting & The Long Down Review Basics  Heel, Sit, Down, Come, Sit-Stay, Loose Leash Walking Hand Signals & Fading the Lure  Auto-Sit Down-Stay Distance-Down (First distance is up, stop... + read more
Oct
05
“Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Dogs must be socialized to be well behaved!”   Vets, friends, bloggers and even strangers on the street are all beating the “socialize your dog” drum these days but many people still don’t fully appreciate its importance.... + read more
Aug
07
Week 1  - Orientation Seminar Links for More Info ThrivingCanine.com, YouTube, Facebook, Separation Anxiety Book   Online Video Course - if you paid for the course, the link should be in your email inbox. If not, let me know and I'll resend it to you. Graduation... + read more
Aug
06
Week 1 - Orientation Seminar Links for More Info ThrivingCanine.com, YouTube, Facebook, Separation Anxiety Book   Online Video Course - if you paid for the course, the link should be in your email inbox. If not, let me know and I'll resend it to you. Graduation... + read more
Jul
01
There are arguments both for and against comforting a fearful dog. Some science has shown the calming effects of stroking dogs with fear of thunder, yet professional dog trainers tend to say that petting a fearful dog will only “reinforce the fear.” What’s the deal with that... + read more
Mar
14
Back in 2012 I wrote an article, Letting Dogs Meet: The Three Second Rule, which continues to be one of the most popular on my website. So, before continuing, please allow me to say “thank you” to everyone for all the likes, shares, comments and emails. I truly appreciate it and am so... + read more
Aug
20
If dogs are NOT humans and NOT dolphins (as we saw in parts 2 and 3) then we must ask the question, “What is a dog?”  The domestic dog is a social, predatory, canine species that descended from the wolf. Somewhere along the millennia wolves became dogs and dogs became “man... + read more
Aug
05
This question was posted on a Facebook discussion group for professional trainers. For privacy, it has been slightly rephrased and names have been left out.  QUESTION:  “I have a dog in for a board and train right now. His owner’s biggest complaint is lack of recall,... + read more
Feb
17
 Dogs are not dolphins. I’m sure that sounds like an obvious, perhaps even ridiculous, statement but there was a movement in the 1980’s that popularized the concept of training dogs in a similar fashion to how dolphins and other exotic animals were being trained for amusement parks... + read more
Feb
15
Dogs are a unique and amazing species with their own particular psychology, language and instincts. Because we invite dogs into our families and societies, much of what we want from dogs runs counter to their instincts and must therefore be taught, trained or conditioned. In order to do that in the... + read more

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