The Magical Diet Pill Dog Training Method

say it how it is – series It’s easy to make promises to yourself when you are waiting for the puppy to arrive home. Positive affirmations are always good, so why not. I will love, as in capital L.O.V.E this little fur baby. I will get up early, I will stay up late. I promise…

NO!

NO! This two-letter word means nothing, absolutely nothing, to a dog. It is the inflection in a voice, the menacing tone, the hard human eyes, and sometimes the raised primate arm or finger that mean something. The body language and tone tell a dog, all is not well. But it is used all of the time, over…

yes you heard me correctly, I want to hear your dog growl

If you have been a parent to young children, you know that when things get quiet, something is going terribly wrong. Marker drawing on the wall, flushing cereal down the toilet, cutting their hair or their siblings hair or the dogs hair, or going out the front door for a neighborhood walk about, etc. Silence…

… because it has been a life time worth of practice so far …

I love moving with dogs. Just as in learning how to walk, one foot in front of the other, and realizing how this opens up the entire world for exploration, learning how to move with a dog opens up a whole new category of relationship. There is this thing I call the ‘sweet spot’ when…

It’s a TONGUE thing …

If you are into canine body language than you are one of those persons on this planet that is hyper aware of how a dog uses their tongue. A student of the tongue more or less. It is one of the first overt body language signals a new dog trainer learns to observe, in social…

Band-Aid Behaviors … they simply don’t work

If you think dogs can be reactive, please note that they have nothing on us humans. We might be the most reactive species there is. Some of us more than others. And it doesn’t bode well for our relationship with our dog most of the time. Handlers that tend to be reactionary to their dogs…

Training and Oatmeal, they have a lot in common

If you are good at working with another animal, teaching new skills, building complex behaviors, bringing words to fluent understanding, and doing so incrementally, for an onlooker it should be about as interesting as stirring oatmeal. Training should not be sensational. Training should not be about heightened emotions. Training should not be about entertaining onlookers….

Fearful Dogs – seeing the world in detail

Fearful Dogs are not bad dogs. Fearful Dogs are not difficult dogs. Fearful Dogs are not damaged dogs. Fearful Dogs are not dangerous dogs. Fearful Dogs are not defiant dogs. Fearful Dogs are not cowards. Fearful Dogs ARE dogs that see life in great detail. They see, hear, smell, and feel everything like any dog,…

When is euthanasia the right answer for behavioral issues?

A dogs life, hanging in the balance. If you behave you live, if you do not you die. Seems harsh and extreme, but it is a reality for millions of dogs. Not one, or two, or ten, but millions. Maybe not your idea of a functioning healthy relationship, but for others IT IS. In shelters,…

shutting a dog down

It isn’t hard to shut your dog down, lots of people do it. Shutting a dog down means ‘taking the wind out of their sails’. It is an effective way to let a dog know they have no choices, and it is your way, period. Family pet owners to seasoned professionals are capable of doing…