Learning Theory for a New Generation (A blog from 10 years ago that I still like…)
What I learned from Dr Dunbar at a weekend conference! I spent three days sitting in a conference room listening to Dr. Ian Dunbar talk about dogs, training and learning theory; and somewhere during day three I had an epiphany! You see, I have a…
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…
Dog Bowl Aggression, and the Wonderful Resource We Waste Everyday…Part 2!!!
Dog Bowl Aggression, and the Wonderful Resource We Waste Everyday…Part 2!!! The last post gave you the skinny on the problem behaviors that food bowl aggression can lead to and why they happen. The next three posts will provide some options for ways to incorporate…
Dog Bowl Aggression, and the Wonderful Resource We Waste Everyday…Part 3!!!
The Second Technique…Feed your dog from your hand (or by hand!) So usually we look at feeding time as a hassle and waste this precious resource, then complain to our dog trainer (or anyone who will listen) that we just don’t have time to work…
Dog Bowl Aggression, and the Wonderful Resource We Waste Everyday!!!
I got an email from an old friend of mine about their young Great Dane pup who was showing some nasty habits around the food bowl. Turns out this dog would growl and snarl around the food bowl, and Tracy (friend) has three small kids!…
Petting Party Part 3:
ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL??? HOW TO CONVINCE FIDO TO LOVE HOUSE GUESTS…THE RIGHT WAY!! This blog post will discuss the differences between puppies and older dogs when you are hosting a petting party. If you are dealing with a puppy at this stage…
Covid-19 Corona Virus…Possible Puppy/Dog Issues As We Return to Normal
There are a lot of new puppy owners or even older dog owners out there and many are finding it really hard to socialize their pups in this world of social distancing and in-home confinement during this Covid-19 scenario… I have talked to several trainers…
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…
Leave it On Leash
OK, this next blog is what follows after working in the car, in the parking lot of a big box pet retailer. You have gotten good at the Leave it/ Watch me command when your pooch is distracted by another dog, and wonder “how awesome…
Watch Me….First and Foremost (2010)
Watch Me should be the first command people teach their dogs! Let’s face it, if you don’t have a dog’s attention, teaching them anything else is pretty much futile. This is exactly what watch me is! I want to teach a dog that, with either…
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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 →
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 →
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 →
SO JUST WHAT ARE NON NEGOTIABLE RULES? A favorite from 2011…
Over the course of my blogs and my training classes, you have heard me refer to the “non negotiable rules” when it comes to human and dog relationships. It occurred to me that while I might give examples and even talk about them from time Read more →
Problem Behaviors In Dogs Are Like a Hydraulic System
Originally Posted 12/2010… Every hydraulic system has a set pressure it can withstand. Go over that allowed pressure (or exceed “critical mass,” and…well BOOM)! You can look at Fido’s behavior the same way…each behavior has its own tank; barking, digging, jumping, play biting and yes Read more →
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