• Shaping Up The Recall

     August 05, 2022 · · 1 reaction

    Achieving a Really Reliable Recall

    Getting your dog to come when he’s called (the “Recall”) is one of the most important things he can learn.  Getting that training to be successful most of the time and in most circumstances is a really big challenge for a lot of dog owners.  

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  • Stop!

     February 20, 2022 ·

    Positively Interrupting Behaviour

    With all the dogs we’ve had and all the training and learning I’ve done over the years, there are certain cues that stick out as particularly valuable. Every class I teach – Puppy, Teens, Manners and Reactive Dogs – it’s always a cue I include in my curriculum. 

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  • Play Between Dogs

     February 20, 2022 ·

    Ruff Housing.  

    Do you know what good play between dogs looks like?
    There’s nothing dog owners love more than watching their best buddy happily romping and playing with another dog. It just seems right and natural for dogs to have play buddies and to have many opportunities to play.

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  • Getting Ready for Baby

     January 24, 2022 ·

    Get Ready – Baby!

    I get a lot of calls for help from families who have welcomed a new baby into their lives only to discover that their dogs are less than thrilled about the new addition.  One of my goals is to find the best way to reach people who already have dogs and are planning a family.

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  • Your Adolescent Dog

     January 24, 2022 ·

    Terrific and Sometimes Terrible Teens!

    (aka “How did my friendly puppy become a reactive dog?!”) It’s not uncommon for young dogs to start displaying some reactivity on leash as they leave puppyhood and enter adolescence. It’s also common for them to start being slow to return when you call them.

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  • Loose Leash Walking

     January 20, 2022 ·

    Leash Your Dogs!

    The skill of “walking on a loose leash” is not a terribly complicated skill, but it’s a challenging one for dog owners.  Google “no pull dog” and you'll find a huge variety of “solutions" and equipment from the reasonably humane to the downright barbaric.

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  • Body Handling (or Touch) Sensitivity

     January 13, 2022 ·

    Can You Handle It?

    As a dog trainer, one of my top priorities is to convey to clients just how important it is that their dogs be able to tolerate handling. Handling can be defined as a dog’s ability to tolerate being touched all over in many different contexts. 

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  • My dog jumps on People!

     December 07, 2021 ·

    The “Hi!” Jump Challenge (aka - “He just wants to say hi.”)

    One of the top complaints we get from clients is that their dog jumps up on people. It’s a difficult problem for most dog owners and it’s not an easy one to solve - the longer it goes on, the harder it can be to change the behaviour.

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  • Pandemic Puppy?

     November 08, 2021 ·

    Pandemic Puppy Pointers

    There has been A LOT of puppies show up on the scene during the Covid 19 Pandemic to date.  Many of us have been inundated with requests for puppy classes and private training help. 

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  • Puppy Nipping and Biting

     January 21, 2021 ·

    Piranha Puppy!

    Have you had those moments where the angelic light of your life is happily cuddling, snuggling and gazing adoringly into your eyes with sleepy contentment . . . . . . . then suddenly Piranha Puppy appears?!!

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