Dog trainers that work with behavior problems know that management is key to any successful behavior modification procedure. If we don’t first manage the environment to prevent the problem behavior, we can’t make much progress toward altering that behavior. Often we, as professionals, write management plans more often than we actually carry out any kind of … More Starting at the Beginning: the “A” in ABC
We are loving our summer and we hope you are too. The summer session of online classes with The Cognitive Canine starts August 9th. Here’s what we have planned: 101 Things NOT to Do With a Box: The recommended first course with The Cognitive Canine where students learn to hone their dog training skills. Clicker … More Late Summer Session
Peruse any dog sport list where advice and opinions flow freely and you’ll find these questions, and more: What should I do if my dog releases himself from the dogwalk in the ring? How should I respond if my dog sniffs around instead of grabbing his dumbbell? What is the correct response if my dog … More “Plan A” Training
Having anxiety feels like driving a car and knowing one of the tires will hit something sharp and blow out. You know one of them is going to go, but you don’t know which one, so you can’t take any precautions. If you stop and get them checked the man will chuckle and tell you all … More Silence Kills
In late March 2015 Kelso and I had a talk. He told me it was ok for me to start looking for a puppy. For the second time in his whole life he looked into my eyes and I heard his voice. He said “I am ok. You should get a puppy.” Early April 2015 … More Happy First Birthday, Felix!
Just a few days ago on May 28th a little boy somehow found his way into the Gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo. Social media is awash in this story right now, so we all know that a gorilla, Harambe, was shot and killed by the zoo’s dangerous animal response team shortly after the boy entered … More The Dog, the Gorilla, and the Gun