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…

The two essentials for puppy ownership

What bed do I need, what training collar is the best, glass or ceramic food bowls, how big should the water bowl be? Things. Things are cool sometimes. Things make us happy sometimes. The act of acquiring things can make us feel organized or prepared in some way. Gifting things can make us feel generous….

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…

Dogs, their rules, snow, and hearts …

It’s early yet, not quite winter, but we have snow, a solid hard frost, eighteen degree mornings, and that yummy feeling of wanting to be in the kitchen making delicious savory anythings, and sipping strong hot black coffee. And every year, there are two things that happen that truly clarify summer is over, and my…

Do you speak Motherese to your puppy?

No person was more shocked than me when ‘baby talk’ came out of my mouth just seconds after my daughter was born. A spontaneous natural reaction of sorts. You see, I never talked in ‘baby talk’ to another person, ever, even when playing with dolls. My dolls played in the dirt, they went swimming, and for…

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…