Why does my dog behave so differently with you? This is a question I get asked with every dog that comes in to my day train or board and train program. In these programs I train the dog and then coach their owners how to take over the process. My answer is always the same. I don't have any baggage with the dog and I immediately set the rules and boundaries the minute the dog comes in. I define baggage as all the unwanted behaviors that were let to develop into habits over time with a dog's … [Read more...] about You’re A Dog Whisperer
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The 3 Keys To Successfully Training Your Dog I meet with several people each week to discuss their dog's problems and needs. Most of them are trying very hard to help their dogs and end up standing in front of me because they are frustrated that they can't make any progress with their dog's issue - whatever they may be. As I said, in most cases it isn't for a lack of trying or effort on their part and many have invested in previous training, read many books, and watched countless videos on the … [Read more...] about The 3 Keys To Successfully Training Your Dog
“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”?
"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…