I Bet Your Dog Can’t Climb a Tree!

When you see pictures of dogs performing these behaviors what goes through your mind?? You might think “How’d they get the dog to do that”? or “Wow, that’s a really well-trained dog”! I have to admit, these are really cool tricks! But do you really care if your dog...

Social Butterfly or Lone Wolf?

Let face it, even the most outgoing person on the planet doesn’t like every person they meet! Some of us have huge circles of friends, while others of us stick to a select few. Dogs are no different. Even well socialized dogs don’t like every other dog they meet. Most...

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...