I Am Just a Dog Trainer I often get asked what type of dog trainer I am. What style of dog training do I use. What are my methods. Am I a positive only trainer, force free trainer, compulsion based trainer, escape and avoidance based trainer, old school trainer, balanced trainer, etc. The truth is, I’m not any one of those. I have a very open mind when it comes to dog training and nothing is really off the table for me to consider. I never completely dismiss something unless I’ve come to … [Read more...] about I Am Just A Dog Trainer
I was on CTV Morning Live today discussing dog obedience and dog socialization. Guy Lapierre Unleashed Potential dog training Halifax You can see the segment here: Click the picture for the video to play There are two points I want to expand on: Quality obedience is often over looked or people have a good enough attitude - especially if their dog is not a problem dog. Unfortunately, that will spell trouble at some time in the future. There are times in our society where a dog needs to … [Read more...] about “As seen on TV” Dog Obedience and Socialization UPK9 Halifax
“I don’t need my dogs to be robots.” This is something I’ve heard several times as a trainer and I’ve had to explain to prospective clients that what you see on the surface may not be what you think. You can’t judge a book by its cover - so to speak. As a trainer, I often post video of my dogs and show them doing obedience drills that would make people think the dog is robotic like in their movements. I understand that is not what a typical dog owner strives for. They just want a well … [Read more...] about Does Training Create a “Robot Dog”?
This is how my puppy, River, eats every piece of food she gets. Feeding time is training time. My dogs work for a living. This provides some of the mental stimulation they need and when combined with physical exercise most of the behaviour problems we see simply go away or are severely diminished. This is how I instruct all of my clients in the program to go about it. Some do and some don't and it is very easy to spot the difference in the dogs as a result. It isn't that you can't get … [Read more...] about Feeding Time is Training Time – Step One
"It's okay....he's friendly!!" Let's discuss the importance of Off-Leash Recall. How many times have you heard an owner yelling that out to you from afar as his off leash dog runs towards you full tilt while ignoring all his owners attempts to call him back? Often the dogs name is repeated over and over and over, the word "treat" is thrown in for good measure and there's a hint of desperation in the tone as their dog gets closer and closer. If you are walking a dog with on leash reactivity … [Read more...] about It’s OK, He’s Friendly