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Focus on the shock collar use, damage, and lack of clarity from the trainer in the story, not necessarily the name of the company. You must trust the person and techniques used for your dog. Sometimes we get frustrated with Fido and think the quickest results are the most effective. That's not always true. Zapping… Continue reading Zapping into Submission
Muzzles keep a good dog good. This very intelligent sweetie is learning that friends = tasty treats at the park. Off leash, she's fine. She's a regular at a doggy daycare and has a family with kids that absolutely adore her. But leash frustration is a real thing and mislabeling our dogs can make matters… Continue reading Keep a Good Dog Good
Being creative during reinforcement delivery is so important when working with a dog that is uncomfortable taking treats from a hand. Thankfully, we have this delicious tube of peanut butter that helps alleviate some of that stress. The dog doesn't have to feel uncomfortable taking a treat directly from the handler, it gives the handler… Continue reading Getting Creative
This is an interesting perspective. I recommend this reading because you have to learn from or at least understand those that you don't always agree with. As a AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and a trainer that understands the complexity of a dog's emotional state, I see both sides of this. Although I don't agree… Continue reading Not Everyone is a “Good” Citizen
Originally posted on 1/4/19. Did you know there is a difference between dog training and behavior management? Dog training is teaching a specific behavior to be used at a specific time. It helps to improve communication and gives guidance to the dog. These are your obedience or trick training skills like sit, stay, shake etc.… Continue reading Management vs. Training
Originally posted on 12/30/18. A common issue pet owners have is the dreaded doorbell or someone knock. So much that, we have handout specifically for this topic. To help those with this issue, management can be used to help alleviate the excitement or stress when someone arrives. Consider putting sign up next your doorbell or… Continue reading The Dreaded Doorbell
Originally posted on 12/30/18. Dog parks are a "double edged sword" and your dog either likes them or dislikes them. That being said, they have been beneficial for dogs that are generally social with other dogs and ones that may be adolescent and are learning. However, it's not the best place to train a fearful… Continue reading Dog Parks
Just this week, I was so thankful to convince 2 individuals to say goodbye to their choke chain and convert to a force-free training method. One individual mentioned that she always felt so bad when she used it but that's how they used to train "back in the day". She had a good understanding of… Continue reading Dog Whisper?
Originally posted on 12/22/18. Dog sitting this cutie-pa-tootie. Although she looks so serious, she's really a sweet girl. She loves affection from the people she feels most comfortable with. Consent is just as important for pets, as it is for us. When she engages for affection, I'll dote it out willingly. You can't force it.… Continue reading Consent
Selecting a Dog (or Puppy) Adoption vs. Breeder Adoption can save two lives. The first is the one that goes home. The second is the one that takes its place. Approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats. Each… Continue reading Getting a Dog: Part 2