Have you ever halted a dog’s aggressive outburst by laughing or praising him? Have you ever calmed an excitable dog’s greeting by acting disinterested? Maybe you’ve ended an argument with a fist of handpicked flowers, or soothed your own anxiety by making light of a situation. In any of these cases and many more, you’ve… More Non-Complimentary Behavior
Whether you are involved in dog sports or dog training as a career or hobby, you may have had a mentor early on. That person was probably pivotal in your understanding of dogs or training, or of your chosen sport. You need not have had a mentor to be great in your chosen doggy path; technical training… More The Pygmalion Effect: A Dedication
If you’re a dog trainer your social media feeds are likely laden with heroic proclamations from other trainers. Proclamations about what they don’t do. Whether it’s a training tool or a type of dog food, they’d like to be very clear about what they would never use on a dog. Entire professional organizations have been… More Action or Omission?
There are many sport dog rearing programs and philosophies that center on the concept of controlled resource allocation. Heavy crate time, restrictive devices, and a weighty responsibility placed on the human half: control all access to reinforcement, all the time. The sell is seductive; just do all this, just manipulate each tiny piece of your dog’s… More Reminder: Dogs Are Not Machines
A lot of you know I have a young dog, Felix. As any good dog will, he is testing everything I once thought I knew, and solidifying something I do know: everything must take its own time. Jumping, a basic part of dog agility, the obstacle that all of our dogs will perform the most… More Everything in its own time
If you’re an agility competitor you probably get a little bit (or very) high on the rush of running with your dog at an event. A lot of agility dogs seem to get high on it, too. This is actually what makes the game great; at it’s finest, it’s 30 seconds of sheer adrenaline for… More Is My Dog Ok?
My puppy Felix just had his first birthday not quite a month ago. He is learning all kinds of things; we train every day. A lot of dogs his age are running full courses and will be competing in just two short months. In two months, I hope we are on our way to learning… More The Pendulum of Puppy Training