Why do dogs bark & what can be done about it? Part 1
Excessive barking or nuisance barking is one of the most frequent issues I encounter as a trainer. The “why do dogs bark” question is easy (as you will see), but the “what can be done about it” is a lot more difficult. Dogs bark for…
Fear Periods and Socialization
OK, this is a pretty darn important topic… Fear periods! What are they? When do they happen? What does it mean to you and your pup and why are there so many things we see in articles with different, names, time ranges and even descriptions?…
Great Couple of Posts from a Pro on Thunder Storm Phobias….
OK if you don’t know who Patricia McConnell is well, you can thank me later for the introduction. She is one of the best (in my not so humble opinion) in the field of dogs and dog training. Today I want to share a two…
Luna’s Life, a Dog and a Trainer… 5/14/207
OK as we talked last time training fearful dogs can be exciting, challenging and very rewarding but this week has brought on a new challenge. As we continue to improve and gain confidence with Ms. Luna, she is also now becoming a little “bratty” ……
Luna’s Life… A Dog and A Trainer 4/30/17
OK so first off life got crazy and well I forgot a weeks’ worth of blog…. So, this one will be a little longer than a regular one. There will be a Part 1 and Part 2. In the first part, we will go over…
Luna’s Life… A Dog and A Trainer 4/16/2017
Hey there folks, another week down in the life of Luna and again this week had tons of improvements but on the taking food from strangers front we are still working… Same on the occasional startle growl and run away, which normally happens when parked…
Luna’s Life… A Dog and A Trainer 4/9/2017
This was a great week!!! Is she cured? NO, but there were tons of tiny improvements this week. Again please don’t focus on the improvements, instead focus on the frequency and consistency of me (or someone else) working with Luna. If you want to attempt…
Luna’s Life… A Dog And A Trainer 4/2/2107
OK so this week we added lots of new stuff, worked on some of our every week stuff and hopefully learned to just chill out from time to time… We started Doggy Daycare with a facility I have known and trusted for almost 10…
Luna’s Life, a Dog and a Trainer 3/12/17
Week #2 here at the house OK many of you seem to be getting a kick out of hearing that yes even dog trainers have problems with potty training… Or more honestly that even dog trainers have issues with being consistent and frequent…
An Article All Dog Owners Should Read and Understand!!!!
Many have heard me talk about socializing puppies… You may have gotten my famous 160 item checklist to complete before your pup is 20 weeks old… You have even heard me preach the importance and critical nature of working with your pup during the critical…
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Muscle Memory, In regard to Reactivity/Aggression….
OK while I guess you could say this blog is about generalizing an idea, which I really try not to do… I think this is one is really important to the idea of reactivity/aggression in dogs on leash… I need folks to really grasp how Read more →
Another way to look at Over-Stimulation…SURVIVAL MODE!!!
OK this blog is really about reactivity, but it also has to do with all dogs and the topic of over-stimulation… You have most likely read my blog on over stimulation (if not click here) but when a dog gets over stimulated, they really enter Read more →
Owner Absent Behaviors
OK so just what do I mean by “owner absent” behaviors? Well they are behaviors that occur when the owner is not around! Now let’s talk about why that is even important? Well when a behavior happens when we are not around that behavior is Read more →
I Don’t Have Time…
OK, so this is a blog I have been wanting to write for a while now, but I just know that some people will probably not take kindly to it… Some trainers might not even like it and some potential clients might even choose not Read more →
Fear Periods and Socialization
OK, this is a pretty darn important topic… Fear periods! What are they? When do they happen? What does it mean to you and your pup and why are there so many things we see in articles with different, names, time ranges and even descriptions? Read more →
So What Happens After Socialization?
OK everyone (or at least all my clients know) YOU HAVE TO SOCIALIZE A PUPPY!!! But there is a very significant, important and critical follow up question…. What needs to happen after socialization? Well most agree that the critical social development period for a puppy Read more →
(Wow 10 years ago) Dog-Runs Are Not For Long Term Confinement!
As a trainer, and parent of 7 and 10 year old kids, we learn about dogs and kids from their behavior, by living life and learning from our mistakes! Today was no exception!!! My sons learned a valuable lesson this morning; and two of my Read more →
Dog Bowl Aggression, and the Wonderful Resource We Waste Everyday…Part 4!!!
The Third Technique…Make your dog work for their food! So now we’ve made it to the last (at least on this topic) technique! We are feeding our dog(s) everyday using toys. We are even using part of our dog’s daily food ration to feed them Read more →
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