How to Choose a Dog Trainer Who is Right For You.

How to Choose a Dog Trainer Whether you want to work on basic manners skills, or you have more serious behavior challenges to tackle, choosing a behavior professional to work with can be difficult.  This choice is complicated even further since the field of dog training and behavior is unregulated.  Unfortunately, that means that anyone […]

Outside of the Classroom: Dog Training for Real Life

If you have you ever said: “He only does what I ask when I have treats.” “She does great in training class, but on a walk? Forget about it!” “He knows what I want, he is just being stubborn?” “I’ll never be able to get him to recall to me if he sees something else […]

“Find It’ For Life Skills

Most dogs love to use their noses to sniff for things including, and especially, food. Teaching a dog to snuffle and sniff for treats and putting it on cue can be one of the most simple and useful things you can teach the dog in your life.  I call this behavior “find it”, but you could […]

Walking Life Lessons

A few moons ago, when I brought Lucy, my first dog as an adult, home, I promptly enrolled her in all of the local dog club at the time’s obedience classes. In those classes I learned many things to do to insure that Lucy would not try to take over the household. One of those […]

It’s Not Magic: You Have to Train for That

“But he knows sit!” In the beginning training can happen amazingly quickly which may look like magic, but it is not, and it is only half the story. Teaching new behaviors at home when not much else is going on is easy; teaching the dogs in our lives to respond to cues and perform those […]

Walk This Way

Do harnesses make dogs pull? Do harnesses stop dogs from pulling? Do I need a special collar to teach my dog how to walk nicely on a leash? No, no, and no! You do not need a collar at all to teach your dog the skills they need to walk at, or near, your side. […]

Forget About Obedience

I was walking  with Castor the other day when he saw a couple of people, and he immediately turned away from them to run over and hop up on a raised manhole cover and watch them go by.  I have been teaching Castor a few skills that we can use  when we see new people and […]

Get Curious and Get Creative

I bet the dogs in your life sometimes do some things that you would rather they didn’t.  Maybe you have  lived with a dog who chewed the furniture, dug up the yard, barked more than you liked, jumped on you or your guests, nipped at people’s heels,  the list goes on and on right?  It’s […]

Meet the Need (Safely!) First

I bet the dogs in your life sometimes do some things that you would rather they didn’t.  Maybe you have  lived with a dog who chewed the furniture, dug up the yard, barked more than you liked, jumped on you or your guests, nipped at people’s heels,  the list goes on and on right?  It’s […]