Why Stalled-out Dog Trainers? Stalled out canine understanding.

Have you ever heard of string theory? The idea that all parts of the universe can be unified using the idea of string instead of particles. Well, if you have or haven’t let’s take this approach with training. Instead of separate particles, separate isolated things, we actually have a string of behaviors. Everything is connected…

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?…

Letting Dogs Figure Out Choices

I’m an It’s Yer Choice kind of trainer. I control the rewards as best I can and let the dog figure out how to get me to let it have them. Example: yesterday I had hold of a leash as the dog’s family opened their SUV’s doors. The dog made a fast lunge for the…

Morning Walk

Morning Walk Sunlight oozes out, One delicate day begun, Us, shadows copy

What’s it all about

It’s funny how some of us come into the world more likely to avoid the pitfalls and others seem to step into every sinkhole.  Maybe there is some initial awareness or some character preference or first choice that sets us on an easier or harder path in the culture we land in. I was working…

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…

Training one new thing daily

What does your dog know how to do? Can they do it anywhere/everywhere? What level of performance are they capable of? Only once in a while when there is nothing else going on, or in front of a crowd? Are the things they know only next to you or is there speed and distance involved?…