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-Complementary 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