Category: PuppyPeaks

Leash Aggression in Dogs: Are We Trying To Put Out A Fire With Gasoline?

Posted on 11/16/15 327 Comments working-at-beach

I spent six days last week working from a beach house in Los Angeles, California. Hermosa Beach to be exact. It was an unbelievable week for many reasons. A big part of it was the people who were there with me. I have belonged to a small mastermind group for six years now. We get together in person […]

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Planning For Success With Your Dog Training

Posted on 11/01/15 65 Comments momentum 8 months coaching call

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” -Anatole France My puppy “Momentum” turned eight months old last week. This picture was taken during a live training session we did last week for our “Recallers” students…here we where both hamming it up a bit 🙂 At […]

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Have You Tried A “Puppy Adventure Trip?”

Posted on 05/01/15 46 Comments Puppies on a Bench meme good

Socializing puppies should begin in the breeders home. Even before a puppy can hear or see, “puppy enrichment” can begin by focusing on the fully developed senses the puppy does have (those of touch and smell). For any of you who are members of my “Puppy Peaks” community I have a new area called “Puppy Enrichment” where I will be posting […]

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The 8 Week Old Puppy: Transitioning From Unruly To Unbelievable

Posted on 04/28/15 173 Comments susan and group 7 w

As you may or may not know, last week I made my “big decision.” I publicly announced which of my 7 then seven week old puppies I was going to keep for my own.  Tomorrow night I will be hosting a “coaching call” for my “Puppy Peaks” members. There I will share more details on why […]

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Learning From the Dog, While The Dog is Learning From You

Posted on 04/22/15 37 Comments Dogwalk

Recently while preparing for a video shoot, I put together a list of some of my most pivotal lessons I have learned from each puppy I have raised and trained over my 27 years as a dog trainer. The video will be available tomorrow but the experience of putting this list was enlightening; I strongly […]

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Teaching Puppies: It’s Just Arranging Coincidences

Posted on 04/16/15 53 Comments experience cs lewis meme.001

I am pretty sure C.S. Lewis wasn’t referring to dog training when he said of experience that although it was a “brutal teacher” you still do learn from it! However, truthfully that is how not only people but puppies learn. It is through interacting with the environment, the people, the things, and other animals etc. Experiences bring […]

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Never is a Long Time…In Dog Years

Posted on 03/01/15 102 Comments group

Four years ago I went through an emotional roller coaster when I decided to breed Feature. It wasn’t just pulling her out of competition for months, or worrying about the potential health risks during a pregnancy or all of the work that goes into raising a singleton. It was a combination of all of the above. Even though […]

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Fit, Focused and Having Fun AWAY From Organized Dog Sports

Posted on 12/21/14 30 Comments IMG_4560

Earlier in the month we hosted the Canine Fitness and Body Awareness Symposium here at Say Yes Dog Training. It was everything I had hoped it would be. Three days PACKED with amazing insight and research from Dr. Leslie Woodcock, Robby Porter and myself. The focus was how to keep our dogs fit and healthy…both […]

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Junior Handling Reporting on Puppy Peaks Training Month 5

Posted on 02/25/14 5 Comments 4-H-Symbol

This month it was fun for me to find out that Libby is giving back to her community by being a 4-H leader.  4-H has grown around the world in their mission of “engaging youth” to reach their fullest potential.  Seeing Libby spreading positive training to fellow juniors is very exciting.  Libby herself a junior trainer/handler […]

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Junior Handling Reporting on Puppy Peaks Training Month 4

Posted on 01/25/14 10 Comments Elliott and me Scott kiss

Libby and her dog Elliott chose one of my favorite training games to shorten one of those cold winter weeks in Kentucky, and is wearing only a sweat shirt! Ohhh to have sweatshirt weather again! Winter weeks here in Canada are ranging in the -22C (-7F) range. “Sist’as Turn” is a game I first taught […]

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