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What’s the Point

What’s the Point

I had a client sign up for a board and train for their dog. No major behavior problems, just typical house manners stuff. At one of their lessons, we were working on recalls and towards the middle of the lesson, the client turned to me and asked me what’s the point? I...
Bad Behaviors

Bad Behaviors

When working with bad behaviors there are a couple things I take into account before focusing on a specific problem. We must see the whole picture before we start painting the details. What I look for are all things you can analyze and adjust at home to help improve...
When to Stop, When to Go

When to Stop, When to Go

Dog ownership is sometimes like walking a tight-line. We allow our dogs to run around the house, the yard, and crate them when it’s time to be quiet. While you feel you’re meeting the needs of that said dog, it seems that you have made little progress on wearing your...
How to Teach a Stay

How to Teach a Stay

A big complaint of pet owners is that their dog will not stay in a command. This often due to not having an effective communication system in place (see our blog about marker words) and we often forget to reward the pause. Meaning we ask the dog to sit then we go...
Feedback Needed- Sincerely, Your Dog

Feedback Needed- Sincerely, Your Dog

All trainers talk about effective communication and you can find many versions of such during your training. The most common one that opens a world of possibilities is using consistent marker words. Marker words is way to give your dog feedback on a task that they are...