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…

Doing the Critical Core Games from S. Garrett

Several days ago the free part of S. Garrett’s Recallers opened up. Free – Critical Core – Games So, of course, I’m doing them with all my dogs and any extra dogs/people I can find. This means a minimum of 12 games per day (3 per dog). I’m starting on Game 3 today. This training…

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…

Woods hikes – walks on the wild side

Have you been too worried to go on a hike with your dog in the woods? Worried about your dog getting lost? Or worried about risks of being on the hike? Taylor County in northern Wisconsin has great places to hike and most of them are dog friendly. Not to say there aren’t risks, but…

STAR puppy #20 – staying on leash with another person

I like pups and dogs that want to be with me,  keep track of me, follow where I lead and check in if we’re on an unleashed hike. They are less likely to wander off or get totally involved in some expedition all their own. So in many ways they are easier, except, of course…

Why would I foster a shelter dog?

Why would I foster a shelter dog? It’s a hassle, it disrupts the household, it takes time and they’re usually unruly. I’m giving away my expertise for free. They need it. They bark, they chew, they make messes, they come from checkered pasts. They expect bad behavior from people and worry. They’re fearful or overly…

Reading your dog – why use video

I get a fair amount of push back from people when I say things like “patting him on the head isn’t a reward, he’s not liking it.” And maybe I should be more factual, “when you patted him on the head he ducked away and left you, or he started sniffing the ground, or he…

Bring your own rock – weird rewards in dog training

Hurry up! Circle the wagon and bring your own rock. Rocks, paper, digging, kid’s toys, socks, sniffing, horse apples … there are all sorts of favorite things for which dogs will do work. Often instead of using these currencies people try to steal them or restrain the dog from them or chase the dog to…

Manage your puppy to make training easy

Feeling guilty about how much time your pup is alone, confined and not out running around playing? It’s true your puppy needs you, needs your time and your focus.  She needs to play and exercise and see things and do things. But it’s also true that if she is free to find her own fun,…