A Clarification of Sorts

I totally get why many pet owners, correction based trainers, and back yard trainers,  cringe when someone says they are a ‘positive reinforcement trainer’. I get it. And just for clarification – positive and negative in training terms are mathematical in nature, not emotional. Positive refers to ‘adding’, and Negative refers to ‘subtracting’. However, for…

Starting With Who You Have

We are humans so we all have goals. Some of us have simple goals, like getting out of bed when the alarm goes off instead of hitting snooze 20 times. And some of us have serious lofty goals, like cleaning up all of the plastic in the oceans. All valid, all worthy of personal attention,…

Fast Food and Electronic Collars – they are kind of the same thing

I don’t use electronic shock collars. I have never had a need to use electronic shock collars. I think electronic shock collars are unethical and abusive. I believe if you have a dog you should also have the time to work with your dog and build a working relationship. The only thing that interests me…

Puppy Classroom Trade Secret #58

When I walk into my classroom, puppies will rush at me, glob onto me, and jump up to say HI. And when I step out to demonstrate with one of these little pups, it is smooth, seamless, and moving perfection. No real hitches to speak of. Why? The reality is, with a puppy you don’t get…

Puppy Classroom Trade Secret #79

The Teams that choose to come to puppy class are Teams that are showing you they want to learn, even if just by the effort of showing up, sans practicing during the week. That is a huge first step. I teach the basics, maybe some instability / balance work, tricks here and there, work and…

Radio Interview

Thanks to Katherine Ziff from Canada that called me out of the blue and asked if I wanted to be part of her radio project, a short documentary, an audio snippet into someones life. I had no idea what she was talking about, no context, but I love creativity and the arts, and so I…

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…

… 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…

Is there really such a thing as a stubborn dog?

Every day of every week I have a person tell me their dog is stubborn and won’t do ‘this or that’. And just so we are clear, this is the formal definition of STUBBORN – ‘having or showing dogged determination not to change one’s attitude or position on something, especially in spite of good arguments…