Different ways to teach things to dogs

  If, as I read in a summary of one study, 90% of the dogs in America know the command for sit and that’s about it. Then I’m not sure why we’re having such a hoopla about training methodology. It would seem, if that’s the case, then whatever is being used isn’t working very well…

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…

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…

Training Obie – he’s back and he’s almost 2

OK so six months is a long time for a dog visit. It entails many permanent solutions, it isn’t a weekend, but it also isn’t a lifetime. And most people would consider Obie extremely well-trained, he knows a lot, he’s social, has a good sense of humor, fun to pet and interact with, but ……

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…

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…

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…

Seven things people do to dogs that dogs hate

Here are seven things that people enjoy to do to dogs and despite dogs disliking them people seem to think the dog is enjoying it too. And because so many people do these things to dogs I always work to desensitize my dogs to parts of them and protect my dog from them and suggest…

Loose leash walking; heeling, or in the reinforcement zone

How to teach your dog to walk on a loose leash: Don’t walk if the leash is not loose. Only walk when the leash is loose (and not because you just made it longer). “Ah but …  my dog is always pulling, I won’t be able to walk anywhere, he gets so interested in smells,…