By labeling dogs as stubborn or having “Littermate Syndrome” we place the blame for problems inside the dog instead of addressing the issues. Don’t fall into that trap.Read More
There are some great blogs out there. Here are a few I really like.Read More
Just one question: what training or behavior topic would you like me to write about?Read More
You’ve heard “it’s all in how you raise them” as a defense for a breed with a bad reputation. But is the person who’s saying that right or wrong? Read here to find out if Nature or Nurture (also known as genetics vs. training) is more important.Read More
We often hear about dogs who are trying to be dominant over their humans. Is that true? Do dogs want to rule the world one human at a time? No, of course not. So, what’s really going on there? This article tells you how the myth started and what’s really going on.Read More
Is dog training more like car repairs or like dentistry? You might or might not be interested in handling minor car repairs yourself. Or maybe you prefer to keep your hands clean and let professionals change the oil quickly with less risk that the oil will leak out as you drive down the road. But please don’t even consider drilling your own teeth to fix a cavity - go to a dentist. This short article helps you decide which types of dog training you can resolve on your own and when you should seek out professional help.Read More
Sometimes it’s really easy to tell if a dog is happy. And a truly terrified dog is probably pretty obvious to most people. But what does it mean when a dog yawns? Or freezes? Or looks away from you? How can you tell appropriate play from inappropriate? Is it okay for dogs to growl and bite while playing? Is growling at humans okay? Look inside for the answers.Read More
If you do a good job with your puppy, you'll very likely have fewer problems for the next 10-15 years.
So much has been written about this topic. So, I'll make this relatively short and direct you to a few good resources.Read More
Here's the cool thing. Dogs learn just like all animals do (including humans). And it mainly comes down to these two words...Read More
I emphasize the fact that I don't use force (which I loosely define as the use of pain, fear, or intimidation) to train dogs. Why do I bring that up so often? The answer is simple.
Many trainers, including many in my area, do use pain, fear, and intimidation to train.Read More
I love dogs. I have a list of breeds I hope to have in the future. I joke about getting five dogs all at once. I even tease people about their dog being on my “long list of dogs I’d steal if given the chance.” But it’s important to face the facts - dogs aren’t always easy and the “downsides” should be considered before bringing one into our house. Here’s a list of the reasons you might want to delay getting a dog. Or at least to get prepared to face.Read More
This is one of those geeky blog posts I warned you about previously. I won’t have many of them, but this one is important to me. We dog trainers have this cool tool called the Humane Hierarchy. The problem is that some people use it to justify some less-than-humane treatment of dogs. I’d like to see the Humane Hierarchy changed so it’s harder to justify that or to be confused by it.Read More
What I’ll be writing about. Who should read it. Etc.Read More