Be Nice to Me or Else (especially in class)….
Very interesting research that again shows the similarities between dogs and young children… It is another reason to consider the more laid back, less direct and punitive training methods… Please read and let me know what you think? Click Here for Article
Nature side of Sound Phobic Dogs…
While I always stress the Nurture side of the equation (socialization during the critical period of life) Approx 3-20 Weeks this article (from one of my favorite blogs) looks at the issue of noise phobias from a genetic/physiological standpoint and is a very interesting read….
Does your Dog Hump????
OK it might be embarrassing, it might be frustrating and I yes, it is also normal so what does it all mean? Well it could be another dog, a stuffed animal or even a human leg!!! Humping is a part of being a dog and this…
Great Post By One of My Favorite Blogs….
So the question is… “Do you need to use your dog’s name before a cue or command?” Is the name an attention getter to improve performance? Is the name a distraction that will confuse the dog? or Is the name irrelevant and has…
We Need Your Vote
OK I need your HELP!!!! It is time for the best in Shawnee and they still don’t have a dog trainer category 😥 But they do have a pet services! I need your write in VOTE!!! Please follow the link and under services pick…
I am back from Camp !!!!!
Back in town and Scout Camp was awesome… Again thanks for allowing me to spend time with them!!! I will be making call backs today, tomorrow, Monday and Tuesday… Please give me just a couple days more and I will be back in touch…
Next 9 days I am at Boy Scout Camp with the boys!!!!
Once again thanks to all my clients for allowing me the time to spend with the boys at summer camp… As mentioned before I will be checking email, text and Facebook daily (hopefully) 🙂 But before you get to jealous here are my 5 star…
Don’t Choose your Dog Based on a Movie….
Ok so whether it be 101 Dalmatians, Hotel for Dogs or Beverly Hills Chihuahua movies about dogs always seem to create a demand for the dogs in that particular movie… Then the over breeding begins and that leads to more dogs in shelters and…
Great New Book on How To Be a Better Shelter Volunteer….
Our new book specifically goes over the skills necessary to be the best shelter volunteer possible, not to mention how we can affect positive change with common problem behaviors. Lets face it whether it is with our own dog or with a dog at the…
A Neuro Psych Explanation of Socialization
OK I found this post (link at the bottom) that in a very heavy way (you have been warned) explains the science of socialization for puppies and just what is going on inside their little heads! Both if done right and if done wrong….
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NO NO Bucket
OK many of you have taken my classes and loved learning the command “Leave it” but in class we use treats to teach the command… Many have asked, what about if the dog is great at leaving treats alone but still wanting to grab, destroy Read more →
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 Read more →
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 →
Mistakes People Make When Crate Training Their Puppy
OK so let’s get right down to it… If the only time you put your pup in the crate is when you leave the house or when you go to bed… The only association your pup will have with the crate will be losing his/her Read more →
Park It …. The Advanced Level of Go To Bed
Once you get Fido reliably going to bed on cue, we can now begin to work on Park It, a command that is very handy in dealing with problem behaviors such as barking, charging doors, begging at the dinner table and bothering new visitors to Read more →
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