Dog Training

The Leadership Walk: The “Cure” for Pulling and So Much More!

Weekly I meet with anxious and frustrated dog owners on any number of behavioral issues – from pulling on the leash to aggression to chewing up shoes, general disobedience or jumping on guests.  Invariably, there is one exercise I recommend for all of them:  the Leadership Walk The Leadership Walk – or as many call […]

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What Training Can and Cannot Produce: A Tale of Cookies and Coleslaw

As much as dog owners hope that their trainer is like a master chef that can transform their aggressive dog into a social one, or their cat chaser into a cuddling kitty lover…generally speaking it’s not going to happen. Here’s what they can do….

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MIGHT HE BITE?… 3 Genetic Factors That Explain Why Some Dogs Bite

Few things can be more heartbreaking to a dog owner than when their adored young dog turns “without warning” into a biter.  Although not necessarily common, this situation replays with unwelcome frequency in young dogs as they mature (usually between one and three years of age) leaving many a dog owner bewildered, confused and even […]

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Food Aggression or Self Fulfilling Prophecy?

The last few times I’ve had clients come in with concerns regarding food aggression behavior, I noticed a few things that they all had in common. First of all, each had 4 month old puppies and had these puppies since 8 weeks of age. All families mentioned their previous dog also exhibited food…

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Training Like “Mom” Intended

Dog training never ceases to intrigue and excite me. It seems every year I have new revelations, new ideas and new theories to explore. Last year was no exception. Studying Mother Nature and her canine world has been my passion and profession for over 25 years, but anyone who’s worked with me sees how animated […]

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BABY, OH BABY: Preparing Your Pooch for the New Arrival

OK, all you excited parents and grandparents-to-be! This life change ahead of you can be exhilarating, but also a little stressful — especially for your dog. While you are busy happily preparing for your new little human family member, consider preparing your dog as well. It can be a big and confusing event for him. […]

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Breed Differences: Variations on a Theme

Choosing a dog is a big deal. How do you make the right choice? Is it pure luck, or is there a way increase your odds of success? I think so!   My system is this: First, choose a breed with breed characteristics most compatible with you and your lifestyle. Then, understand that individuals within a […]

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Nature Knows Best – Why I Became a Dog Trainer

I developed my nature-based training style based on my early life on the farm.   I observed our cows, horses and dogs organizing and operating within their own world and saw how they chose their leaders and most importantly — how they maintained their peace. As an adult, I could see how trainers and dog […]

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Puppy Personality Development: Iceberg Rising

I often relate a puppy’s personality to an iceberg. The tip of the iceberg – hints of a puppy’s underlying personality – can be apparent as early as seven weeks of age. By twelve weeks of age the iceberg starts to rise and you can see confidence, exuberance, timidity and the full spectrum of canine […]

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Dog Training Styles — Making Sense of Them All

If you talk to dog trainers these days, the only universal advice they will give is that the other trainer is doing it wrong. One will call another “ineffective.” Yet another will label his/her competition ‘”old-fashioned”, even “barbaric”. Good grief!   What’s a dog owner to believe and how do they choose the right trainer and […]

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