“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
My last dog... No,...that is not a statement. I have not sworn off dogs and will most certainly welcome another with open arms when our 4 canine family members cross over the Rainbow Bridge. This isn't a rant either,...rather an attempt to point out something that some dog owners often get hung up on. I've lost count of the number of times I've heard a dog owner, while in conversation about their current dog, say...."my last dog", right before listing traits their last dog had that they … [Read more...] about My Last Dog…
I am frequently asked why I became a dog trainer. The answer is simple really - I love dogs and like to help troubled dogs. As you may imagine, the reasons go deeper than that so let me explain. A few years ago my wife and I adopted a rescue dog and we named her Karma. She's a German Shepherd / Bernese Mountain Dog mix that came with some behaviour issues. She was aggressive towards other dogs and would lunge and bark on leash. She is a strong dog and managed to damage my wife's back to the … [Read more...] about Why I Became a Dog Trainer