Recovery and Deloading in Dog Training

When training any animal dog, cat, horse, child… athlete, it’s easy to focus on progress for days, weeks, months and years. We often forget that as we progress with particular behaviors the training doesn’t get any easier for the learner. Quite the opposite, criteria become more complex even though the foundation of the behavior is Read more about Recovery and Deloading in Dog Training[…]

Trainer Transparency: Training a Fearful Dog

Trainer Transparency: As a dog trainer myself, I think it’s really important to be transparent in how you train. There are a lot of labels for dog trainers out there: balanced, traditional, positive reinforcement, purely positive, force free, etc. I don’t like to identify with any of them, mostly because I don’t want to box Read more about Trainer Transparency: Training a Fearful Dog[…]

Don’t make your dog pull the trigger!

This is not a post about gun violence. With the holidays upon us I feel like it’s important to talk about “Trigger Stacking”. Everyone has things that stress them out. Traveling, relatives, the demands of cooking amazing meals, illness, things not going quite as planned or expected (such as getting lost), a big test, getting Read more about Don’t make your dog pull the trigger![…]

Oops, she did it AGAIN!

Remember that post from last week? Yeah, the one about Evey getting into the trash can… Well, the following day I came home to this! Still not guilty… Although she did pee on the same paper towel she had the day before. Weirdo! It must have smelled like bacon or something. *rolls eyes* Okay so why Read more about Oops, she did it AGAIN![…]

Guilty! He’s GUILTY I say!

Can you believe it? I’m sitting in a coffee shop working! Who’d a thunk it? I had an appointment cancel at the last minute yesterday and so I kept the babysitter and am giving myself permission to work without interruption. I think Amelia appreciates it as well. She’s got the undivided attention of a fantastic Read more about Guilty! He’s GUILTY I say![…]