Visiting a red-flag dog training class

My first session at the obedience class shook me up. The friendly looking trainers said absolutely all of the things that are red flags! Red flags, I was supposed to HEAD FOR THE DOOR, protect my dog, this is a force-based class and I’m a reward-based trainer. But this was a dog-less first class. I remained sitting,…

Easy & Entrancing Games for Older Dogs

Many of the games we play with our dogs are for the young. Why not? They need plenty to occupy them. But there are things we do that can be entertaining and sustaining even when your dog gets old. Even when they can’t hear well, or move quickly or see keenly. These games serve as…

Dog, Dog, Dog…Where are we going?

Complacency has its charms.  Waiting, For dog years and weight gain. To create a desired easy-going dog, Can kinda work. Sometimes.   I can’t just wait for a surprise destiny. Challenges. Should I or should I not face. To create the fulfilled potential of a dog partnership. Consistently building. Always.   Where are we, dog and me, going? Planning….

Reinforcement Gone WRONG

Often a chain of actions grows a behavior. Barking, whining, jumping up, mouthing, excitement at the doors … are very commonly increased by chained events and unfortunately most of the time the person doesn’t realize that they are growing the behavior instead of reducing it. So if your dog is doing something you don’t particularly…

Different ways to teach things to dogs

  If, as I read in a summary of one study, 90% of the dogs in America know the command for sit and that’s about it. Then I’m not sure why we’re having such a hoopla about training methodology. It would seem, if that’s the case, then whatever is being used isn’t working very well…

Pinch Me A.K.A. Prong Me

Originally posted on awesomedogs:
During a recent Facebook discussion, it was pointed out that I had never worn a prong collar.  As such, I would  have no idea whether a prong (a.k.a. pinch collar) causes pain.  My knuckles firmly rapped, it seemed the only solution would be for me to open my mind and wear…

Puppy progress (Siggy)

Siggy has reached, 6 months,  50#s, has grown up teeth, has had a tussle with Reggie (Jack Russell) and been told off by Jazzie (heeler) and Max (shepherd). Getting to be a big boy. His jumping ability is prodigious, his speed is considerable. He’s visited the horses several times and shows reasonable care about it,…

New Puppy – Great Beginings

Three months ago I got a new puppy. I named him Signal, Siggy … Freud … Sig and he’s great! Fast learner. Active. Agile. Motion attraction. Amazing bounce … and likes pretty much everything. Would he be a good choice for everybody? For sure not, probably too fast a learner, too active, too agile, too…

Dog Emotions

Emotion drives learning, it drives action, change, and behaviors. There are some emotions that are the same behavior from the canine … these are core emotions. Anger or Rage = snarls, bites, escape physical restraint. The lower level of this is frustration, which is sparked by mental restraint. Fear = freeze or run away, when survival…

Learning Zone – dogs

A stressed dog will not absorb training. A stressed person will not absorb training. If you and your dog are in your comfort zone, really in your comfort zone, you’re probably just repeating the habits, repeating the things that you’ve already learned, already done, many times before. That’s why they are comfortable. Same environment, same…

Barking Help

Lot’s of you probably have had problems with your dog barking and the neighbors not being very generous about tolerating it. My daughter has just moved and her dog has decided, now in his second week there, he doesn’t like the situation very well. She, of course, has to work and so leaves him inside…

Easy Dog training is not so easy

Easy and quick dog training is an oxymoron. Quick knowledge, fast solution and nobody needs to learn anything, but the dog. Try it, what harm can it cause? Who cares about research?  Neighbor said it or multiple studies confirmed it… who wins? Well of course, the neighbor/cousin/friend does, in their random ‘expert’ mode. Science … what science?…