Dog Training

For the Dog Trainers (Lifting All Ships with Kamal Fernandez)

Recently, my friend and fellow dog trainer, Kamal Fernandez, had the idea to do a series of video interviews to share ideas collectively. The chat Kamal and I had centred on running a dog training business, and we've got the video on my blog for you.

2020-08-27T21:57:49-04:00April 16th, 2020|8 Comments

Dog Training Debate … ItsYerChoice vs Leave It

Sometimes people who are introduced to my ItsYerChoice game wonder what the difference is between educating our dogs they can make good choices, compared to using the traditional “leave it”. It’s such a common question that a couple of years ago I did a short video with the answer. I decided the video should be on my blog to be easily accessible to everyone who has the question.

2020-08-31T23:11:35-04:00April 9th, 2020|22 Comments

All About Dogs Sleeping in the Bedroom

I'm often asked about where my dogs sleep at night. The short answer is "anywhere they want" which might be a surprising response. Of course, it does not start that way. We can't bring a new puppy or rescue dog into our home and have them sleep anywhere they want as that is not safe and does not create confidence or security for our new family member! So, I thought I'd give the long answer by way of a blog.

2020-03-06T06:35:23-04:00March 5th, 2020|39 Comments

Built In Dog Crates For Home Decor

Well, I'll have to say that this is a blog post I was not planning on doing, but thanks to Pinterest, here we are! It's a look at the crates I have built into my home, so they are part of the furniture. It happens that in our Agility Nation membership program, I did a segment showing the built in dog crates and how they work, and a video clip is in this post for you.

2020-03-12T18:44:24-04:00February 27th, 2020|11 Comments

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.

2020-02-28T08:17:26-04:00February 20th, 2020|11 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|14 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|19 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|11 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|28 Comments