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Forget It to Get It … Advanced IYC Cookie Jar Game

Learn a game to grow ItsYerChoice in daily life. It's especially useful if you find your dog staring at your pocket or the toy in your hand, or any "cookie" that you may have out. It will help make you aware of your responses to your dogs responses.

2020-02-20T19:58:47-04:00February 20th, 2020|6 Comments

Taking Back the Keys to the Cookie Jar!

We all love our dogs, therefore it is difficult not to indulge them occasionally. However, I have often said, "dogs are far better at shaping people, than people are at shaping dogs!" Learn a game to to change your dog's unwanted behaviour around the house, and replace frustration with fun! This game is going to make you aware of your responses, and how you can use what your dog finds reinforcing for the benefit of both of you.

2020-02-13T18:33:33-04:00February 13th, 2020|7 Comments

RZ For Dog Sports (Don’t Leave Home Without It)

Understanding the Reinforcement Zone is one of the KEYS for success in dog sport. Our dogs having value for RZ is going to be a reinforcer in it's own right for the competition ring! Your dog being by your side because he wants to be there is going to exponentially increase your joy and performance in the sport as a team.

2020-02-06T19:15:12-04:00February 6th, 2020|15 Comments

How do I Stop My Dog from Pulling on the Leash?

One of the most frequent questions we see as dog trainers is "how do I stop my dog pulling on the leash?", and it's not just in the usual dog training channels you will see this. It's everywhere on the internet. It's heard at the dog park, the vet, on the street, heck, it might also be the topic of dinner party conversations. Stopping your dog from pulling on leash starts with understanding your dog's Reinforcement Zone (RZ)! When you know RZ, you can help your dog love loose leash walking.

2020-02-23T21:32:48-04:00January 30th, 2020|5 Comments

Help! My Dog Hates His Nails Cut … What Do I Do?

Trimming toenails is always a HOT topic for all of us who live with dogs and want the best for them. But what if you dog HATES having his nails cut? What if he is terrified? What if attempting to do so is a danger to him and to you? This is something I've experienced first hand. Learn how to help your dog put his fear of nail trimming behind and how to lessen the trauma for both of you.

2020-01-24T00:24:20-04:00January 23rd, 2020|19 Comments

Vlog: Important Whys and Hows of Exercising Our Dogs

As committed dog owners, we all know the importance of exercising our dogs minds and bodies for their well being, and so they have the best life possible. Studies have shown that exercise is a common factor in the longevity of dogs. My friend, Rodney [...]

2020-02-12T20:40:18-04:00September 19th, 2019|25 Comments

Planning for a Successful Shaping Session with Your Dog

Last week we looked at creating a positive experience when visiting the vet. This includes shaping our dogs to cooperate in their own care.  Over the years on my blog, I've written a lot about the benefits of shaping. I've even included a video of [...]

2019-09-13T06:55:29-04:00September 12th, 2019|4 Comments