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…

Do these 10 things, become a better trainer

It’s easy to become a better dog trainer, do the following 10 things and you’ll be better than most and your dog will love you for it. 1) Hand feed your dog using the food you would have put in his dish as rewards for your dog doing things like sit, down, come, kennel up,…

Careless teeth – puppy biting

My puppy kindergarten class members want to know what to do about biting. Such sweet young faces filled with sharp using teeth. He bites, she bites, puppies all bite. Some bite harder, some not as much and some seem to go into an upset growling biting frenzy (mostly when they are over-tired or over-excited or…

Once upon a time – A pup for a Girl

“In dreams begin responsibilities.” ― W.B. Yeats, Responsibilities Once upon a time there was an adventurous girl and her bouncy, jouncy puppy. It was a lovely day in spring and the birds were singing, the frogs were singing and most of the insects hadn’t even come out yet – yeah! It had rained hard over…

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,…

What do you get from puppy kindergarten?

Often people are hesitant to start training their puppy … just let him be a baby and have fun, we’ll just clean up the messes, he’s too young, he loves everybody so no need to go out and meet extra people/dogs, or he’s too afraid to go out and meet people, we’re worried about him…

How many dogs do you have?

How many dogs do you have and what are you training them now? I asked this question of a group recently when I was doing a people training session. And you know what, nobody had less than two.  Several years ago I did a job explanation to students program for high school and asked a…

Second-hand dogs vs puppies – training time

Does it take longer to train a puppy or an older dog? A client of mine asked this question and it made me stop and ponder and say well … it depends. Puppies generally are pretty clean slates and so anything being taught can just be taught without having to un-train some habituated unwanted behavior,…

My dogs, my friends and teachers – training new ways

Spicy beagle taught me to let a scent hound hunt and find me. It was the turning point in our relationship; the time when I finally quit trying to find her and reprimand her, and she quit thinking I always would. I was 13 and she was the first dog I trained myself. I had…

Training with distractions (cat) – Obe’s progress

As a trainer, people tell me their dog already knows how to sit, down…etc., and that’s true to a point. Sometimes the point is at home with nothing else happening, which doesn’t help much when something else is happening. In order for the cues to be really useful, they need to be muscle memory-type response…a…