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…

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…

Dog Training Prompts – rewards or reprimands

Both a friend and my daughter have had trouble with the use of cues when trying to stop wildness, goofiness, grabbing stuff and general misbehavior. They both are transition trainers having had a past in training traditionally. But some of the stuff we knew as traditional trainers doesn’t work the same way when we’ve turned…

Here, pup-pup-pup, Come, Whistle, beep

How well does your dog respond to your signal(s) to come? So what do you have? When does it work? When doesn’t it work? How well? What’s the risk/benefit? What do you want? What’s your plan … what three things can you do today?   I’m glad you’re thinking of a plan. I hope you’ve…

Harm or Help

In this era of finding dog abusers everywhere. The era of making unsubstantiated or poorly researched claims on social media. The era of ‘not’ doing the right thing? I saw this post on a northern Wisconsin city Craig’s List . Here’s the photo from the post. Kind of ironic, don’t you think? The Header said, “Dog…

What kind of training to do for your pup?

Home schooled puppy, puppy preschool, doggy basic, one-on-one with a trainer, web-based learning, board and train, specialized classes. There are actually a few options. One I didn’t include, and which seems all too popular, but not effective, is let the dog be a dog. This last one may or may not have an initial bout of…

Thinking about getting a puppy?

The following are some things I think everyone should probably know before getting a pup.  First know who you’re dealing with, especially if you’re paying significant money for this pup. Even if you aren’t, remember this pup will be a family member so prepare to choose well. I expect you to keep the pup you…

What will come next?

#1 .  Black lab puppy and running child … what comes next? #2.  Rabbit hopping and dog let out the door … what comes next? #3.  Door bell rings and the dogs are in the house … what comes next? #4.  Get coat on, dog is jumping and barking, and open the door… what comes…