“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”?
Introduction: The purpose of this blog series is not to judge, but to educate! I learned long ago that most reactive dog owners do not always appreciate a stranger in passing giving them reactive dog advice about their loved ones. More often than not, people tend to take it personally when you point out their dog's flaws, rather than as a gesture of good will. These days, I wait for people to come to me before I offer my thoughts and advice, but with the wonderful world of the anonymous web, … [Read more...] about Adventures in Reactive Dog Encounters Part 1
Don't worry, he's friendly; he's never bitten before. Famous last words that many of us have heard time and time again. As a dog trainer, I look back on the many times I have taken other people's word on this and honestly cannot believe that I haven't found myself in more trouble. These days, I consult with numerous dogs of varying degrees of dominance and aggression every week, making a point to ensure each one is secured properly on lead, never taking a moment to 'get to know' any dog by … [Read more...] about Don’t Worry, He’s Friendly (he’s never bitten before)
Duke Ferguson’s Dog Trainer School & Shadow Program Duke Ferguson’s Unleashed Potential K9 Academy is a registered private training school under the Private Training Schools Act of the Province of Prince Edward Island. Do you have a passion for working with people and dogs? I Do! Are you looking to better your knowledge and skill as a trainer? Let me take you to higher levels of understanding canine behaviour and training. Lets have a … [Read more...] about Duke Ferguson’s Dog Trainer School & Shadow Program
Dogs with Babies Unleashed Potential's 10 Tips For Introducing A Baby To A Dog And Getting Prepared: So, Your expecting! Congratulations!! This is very exciting news! :) Soooo..........Now what are you going to do with the dog? How will he/she take the baby coming? Does your dog have any behavior problems that need to be addressed? Jumping? chewing or destructive behaviour? excessive barking? Running away or pulling on the leash? What about housebreaking or anxiety? Does … [Read more...] about Dogs with Babies:Unleashed Potential’s 10 Tips For Introducing A Baby To A Dog