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 […]
- 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 […]
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 […]
After a series of deep barks and then silence, a closed door is opened to reveal a 90 pound Rottweiler staring you down only 6 feet away. If this wasn’t scary enough, the dog has no visible restraints keeping him from…well, doing whatever it is he wants to do! Then you realize there truly is nothing […]
I was just messing around and having a fun training session the other day. This is a normal thing I do with this dog because of his super high drive levels and his ability to make one time associations. So it is always important to have each session start off with obedience, then play, and end […]
I have an extra kennel in my office for any additional dogs that may be staying with me. The top picture is what I looked over and saw while working on some things yesterday. Not only was Alfie just hanging out, but Darla managed to climb in behind him. As I was writing this, I had […]
Here are some pictures from a recent training session with a great, 7 month old puppy named Tucker. Because he is such a high energy dog, it will take some extra work and time investment to get him where his owners want him to be. They are doing a wonderful job!
This particular session we were working on leash […]
Over the past few weeks I have had some experiences that got me thinking and I would like to share them with you.
I am always in a constant struggle to find a balance in public […]
Climb-boards are something that most people are not aware of, but I feel are invaluable to teaching a dog self-control. A climb-board is a very simple piece of equipment. It is basically […]