You’re looking for a puppy! Yay! How exciting. And nerve wracking. How do you find an ethical breeder? What does an ethical breeder do differently? There are a million questions you’re likely to be asking yourself or researching. We’re here to help. First, let’s discuss the concept of an ethical breeder. Good or “ethical” dog… Continue reading What to Look For in a Breeder
Any positive reinforcement trainer is likely to give you this same bit of advice. Clients who take the advice seriously and remember to practice the habit frequently will enjoy a better relationship with their dogs. Ditch the dish. Ban the bowl. Stop feeding your dog for free! Dogs enjoy hunting, fishing, and generally scavenging food… Continue reading The Most Important Advice
I train and help train hundreds of dogs each year. Almost every dog I encounter, no matter how advanced, how delayed, how remedial, or how extensive their training, has never learned to “stand” on cue. It seems to be the most difficult basic cue for owners to teach their dogs, despite the incredibly easy methods… Continue reading The Forgotten Cue
There’s a thing I’m having to work on: recall. The cue “come”. The holy grail (for me at least) of dog training. I’ve trained hundreds of dogs to come when called. Maybe more than “hundreds”. I used to think I was pretty good at it. It seems like any time I think I’m good at… Continue reading Poisoned Cues
Dogs aren’t human. They’ve evolved alongside us and they’re so sensitive and have emotions and behaviors that seem so much like our own that sometimes it is hard to remember. Dogs are not human. I’m asked for new dog or puppy advice a lot. And there’s really too much to include in just one conversation… Continue reading What Your New Dog Needs
I’ve written before on the topic of why you should consider not phasing out treats and under which circumstances it is ok. (Your Dog’s Paycheck) I’m not addressing that today. Today I want you to consider when and how you deliver rewards. I have SO many clients who want nothing more than to eliminate the… Continue reading What Treat?
I see countless posts on social media begging for help with veterinary costs, or complaining that vets “don’t care” because they won’t give a stranger credit or care for an animal without pay at all. Don’t be ridiculous. Most vets don’t make ridiculous amounts of money to begin with, and they have all of the… Continue reading Establishing A Relationship With A Vet
Breeding is probably the single most determining natural factor that influences a dog’s behavior throughout his life. A dog’s breed determines his instincts and his behavior his entire life. Dog trainers are constantly bombarded with pleas from desperate owners of shepherding dogs–make him stop chasing the children! Or from golden retrievers–get him out of our… Continue reading Breed Significance
Is your dog outside? He’s hot. Its July. It’s hot outside. He has fur. He is hot. If you MUST have your dog outside in this heat (especially if your dog is not accustomed to the heat), please provide the following: DEEP shade. Not 3 inches of shade that he can reach. Deep shade is… Continue reading Your dog is hot.
In October 2016 I was hit on a two lane bridge. The collision was head on, both vehicles traveling 50 miles per hour, and I was in my lane. I have no recollection of the accident or most of the events immediately proceeding or following the Wreck. Both of my legs, both of my knees,… Continue reading The Wreck