Dog Behaviour

Identifying And Using Positive Triggers For Your Dog

Last week we looked at understanding triggers. There are all sorts of triggers for your dog, good and bad. This week we are looking at good triggers that can be used to benefit your life with your dog to build YOU into your dog's rewards. [...]

2019-01-12T02:18:33-04:00January 11th, 2019|38 Comments

What’s a Reward for Your Dog? List of Reinforcers

Shelby with a beloved reward, a rock, at the 1998 USDAA GP Nationals. I've been blogging about dog training, dog behaviour, dog agility and dogs in general, with a few diversions, for many years now .... far more years than I probably thought [...]

2020-01-11T07:38:10-04:00October 11th, 2018|67 Comments

Vlog: Expectations vs Understanding in Dog Training

To call this thing we do "dog training" is a huge disservice to dogs. We are not "training" we are "educating" and just like with children, education starts in kindergarten and ascends onward from there only with understanding. The number one reason dogs get into [...]

2020-01-11T07:43:27-04:00August 9th, 2018|19 Comments

Vlog: 3 Strategies for Detonating Your Dog’s Fireworks Fear

Dogs and Firework Celebrations are NOT a great combination, however, there are ways we can help to lessen the trauma experienced by our dogs. Why Do Fireworks Scare Dogs? They are LOUD and a dog’s sense of hearing is acute! They are unpredictable so they [...]

2020-01-11T07:44:47-04:00July 2nd, 2018|15 Comments

Why “Choice” is the Critical Key to a Great Dog

Many years ago I introduced a game that has changed the lives of many thousands of people and their dogs the world over. It’s the key building block to everything I teach in dog training. That game is ItsYerChoice (IYC). This is the game that [...]

2019-08-08T20:17:16-04:00June 3rd, 2018|23 Comments

The Transfer of Value in Dog Training

I think we should collectively agree about something. Here it is; relationships are not actually the way they are portrayed in the movies. If you attempt to smack your significant other across the face during an argument, don’t count on it ending up in some [...]

2020-01-11T08:27:59-04:00February 28th, 2018|30 Comments

Encouraging News For Swagger and Border Collies with Cardiomyopathy

First Swagger and I would like to thank this amazing community. xoxo It is because of all of the feedback I received from readers of this blog and our Facebook page, that I have some encouraging news to report today. No, Swagger isn't miraculously cured... [...]

2020-01-11T08:29:48-04:00February 16th, 2018|54 Comments