We like crazy juiced-up dogs in the sport of dog agility. Other sports like them too; the dogs that participate in bitework are some of the most adrenalized I have seen, dock diving is largely comprised of barking maniacs, and I even know people who prefer to do obedience with a dog that’s on edge. … More Is Your Sport Dog Worked Up?
When I first learned dog training I was at the mercy of my teachers, as we are whenever we take on a new skill. I had a dog with severe behavioral concerns, I was pretty desperate, and I laid myself at their feet. As a result, I did a lot of things that I’m not … More The Emperor’s New Technique
When we train dogs we aren’t working with a black box of input-output. If you’re well-versed in learning science it can be easy to start to see them that way. The best trainers keep the science behind what they are doing in mind as they take the animal’s experience into account. When complications arise the … More Training a Feeling
When I recently posted Felix’s running contacts class graduation video on Facebook, I was aware of how good the video made him (me) look. It was a graduation compilation, not a training tutorial, and people were very kind and supportive. Yet, most of the road to getting there was hours of video editing and data … More The Expert Behind the Screen