I recently assessed a greyhound that was having aggression issues. A Greyhound you ask??!! Within the first 24 hours of being in the home, the dog had growled and tried to bite the foster when she went to sit on the couch. Within a few days, she had come home to bloodied dogs, a dead bird […]
Just another day at the office! This weekend we pushed owners to maintain control over their dogs off leash while distracted by me…creepy clown guy. They had to learn and adapt to a new environment quickly while taking pressure from a decoy. This isn’t a rehearsed series of obedience commands. Neither the dogs nor […]
I recently had the pleasure of being asked to write an article for Organic Hudson Valley Magazine to showcase their new section called: Pet Love. Please enjoy the article below or click on their link above.
Three Words to Live By… and Train By
Training a Recall is one of the most important commands you can spend time on with your dog. This is a life saving command in extreme cases and a must in off leash control. The key is to teach and build up the dog to having a recall under any distraction, but you NEED the dog to WANT […]
This video is a demonstration of the importance of foundation work before getting into the Protection Work. Even though “Leave-it” isn’t necessarily used in protection work very often, the impulse control it teaches and being able to think when a high value item is in front of the dog does apply. A “Leave-it” command can also […]
This dog has a very dynamic and complex environment he has to work and live in. He lives onsite at a very busy working horse farm. His drives couldn’t be so high it would be a threat or safety issue to animals or people, yet he had to be balanced enough to be at least neutral […]
Here is a very nice working line Rotti that was prepared for a future protection role with our Advanced Obedience and Drive Building Package. The owner is working his dog through real world situations in order to better prepare both of them. This relationship building and trust is critical for a proper family protection dog. […]
- Praise is as simple as a “good boy” or a “good girl”. This marker of “good”, taught properly can have more impact than food or any other reward.
- Looked at in its simplest form, the “good” marker is a snapshot in time you want the dog to remember.
- Praise as a marker is a very powerful tool and […]
Nutrition and health can stop any obedience plan, or behavioral rehab, dead in its tracks. If a dog is suffering from dry skin because of an allergic reaction, or a chronic yeast infection in it’s ear, how do you expect a dog to have the concentration and trust to listen to an obedience plan? The same […]
Here is a bully breed which was very reactive to the world around him. We are at the point where high distraction field trips are the next stage of training. This exercise was as much for Dempsey as it was for his owner. One of the best ways to create a confident, calm dog is to […]
When I contacted Josh at Fearless K9 last August, we had a problem American bulldog on our hands. Our dog had shown aggression and would not listen or respect me. He was almost two years old and was quickly becoming more than I could handle. Josh was very reassuring in our initial phone call and explained […]
Josh was the fifth trainer that I met with and as soon as he told me what my dog, Cooper (an almost 2-year old German Shepherd), needed, I knew he was the one I wanted to train Cooper. I liked that he wasn’t a ‘one size fits all’ kind of trainer, in that he recognized that […]
It would be hard to match the energy of our two young boys, but our Raven sure does just that. She is young, big, and always on the move. Small daily details like dinner time didn’t need to be so hectic. There must be a way to not have her begging or jumping. Will she ever […]
Three years ago our Youth Group went to a Renegades Game…instead of coming home with a baseball we came home with a puppy…Fiddle!! Fiddle was one of two puppies who was selected to go the Renegades game in hopes of being adopted. (He was born in Virginia and had traveled to New York with a bunch […]
I wanted to write to you and let people know what you did for Bear and my family. I’m notphillipbear usually good at this, but here goes.
So back in February of 2013, after doing all my research, I decided on a 3 month old Rottweiler puppy from an established German, working line. He’s my 3rd […]
I will train any dog, regardless of breed, shape, size or history as long as the owner is committed to helping their dog. This includes successfully training and rehabilitating highly aggressive dogs that have a history of biting other dogs, and/or people.
I learned on aggressive dogs and that is where I have put my energy ever […]
Obedience is a very powerful tool. But, that is exactly what it is, only a tool. It does not magically transform a dog with issues into one with none. Unfortunately this has been a misconception within our society for quite some time, especially with behavioral issues such as aggression. The go-to solution for a very long […]
For Protection Dogs to continue to be a part of our culture they need to be stable, well balanced dogs. Protection needs to be a job, not the capping of a personality trait. The most useful, and successful personal protection dog is the one that can go with you and be with you in as many […]
Here is a short video of Alfie having some fun with me while getting a mental workout. Mentally draining a dog is just as important as physically, and when you combine the two, you get a happy, content dog and a happy, content owner!
When working with your dog, communication is critical and this is why I […]
Here is one of the early videos (but keep in mind this is about 45 minutes into the session) of Darla (white terrier) and Jjacki (Malinois) starting to be ok playing with each other. These are two very assertive females who are almost 3 years-old and have no history together. I was pleasantly surprised that the […]
I love it when I get videos like this! All the work that gets put in when I’m not around is what makes really good, reliable dogs. All the hours that are put in behind the scenes is what is important. I can’t guarantee people will have an amazing dog in the blink of an eye, […]
This is just a short clip of Darla which I thought was just fun. It shows her hunt drive and determination. She had been systematically taking apart this wood pile and pallet for days. She had this much intensity and never even seen anything go into the pile. There is no prey drive involved, this is […]