Positive Does Not Mean Permissive!

Just because I train my dogs using positive reinforcement does not mean I am permissive. I do not simply ignore “bad” behavior, I address it. In my training, I choose to use a mix of acceptable reinforcers and acceptable punishers. However, that never...

Is It Play or Something Else?

Safe, healthy play between dogs can provide exercise, fun and help build social skills. Puppies need play to learn proper dog – dog communication and how to get along with others. Rough or inappropriate play can cause more harm than good. “Bad” play can leave a dog...

Is Your Dog Afraid of Fireworks?

For many of us the 4th of July means fun, friends, food and fireworks. But it may not be so much fun for our dogs. Fireworks can be terrifying to some dogs! Shelters report that the 5th of July is the one of busiest days of the year. More dogs are...

The Magic Quick Fix!

While there are some great products out there that can help make it easier to train your dog if used properly, most of these are being overused and abused by pet owners who are looking for a “quick fix”. Many of you won’t like what I am about to say...

Do You Train Children Too?

It’s interesting how you hear some comments over and over. Most are meant in jest, but I suspect there is some desire hidden in them. Here are a few that I hear often from my clients: “I wish you could move in for a month and train my puppy!”  Wouldn’t that be great;...