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 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?…

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…

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…

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…

Weighty problems – excess kills

Spicy was my beagle-mix. She was a 30#, brown velvet eared, lovely eyed beauty of a dog.  I took her along with me when I went to live with my Grandfather and go to college.  She was an easy dog in many ways, people friendly, and soon had the  dairy-farming neighborhood in her pocket. I…

Dog Training – how do I choose what to do?

My plan when I get a pup is to build a friendship, partnership, confident dog who will be with me for the next 10 to 15 years. This is a long-term engagement. When I’m training someone’s dog I still am looking at relationship first and always in each choice I make. Starting with  a young…

Playing Jokes on Dogs – good/bad?

by Jeanine Renzoni The fake indication of where the ball is going to go, the sleight of hand hiding the toy, the toss of a rock into the deep water (instead of something that floats), the “what is that, what is that?” to freak them out or get them to bark wildly at … the…