Puppy Raising

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|29 Comments

News You Never Want To Hear About ANY Dog…

It is something no one should ever have to hear about their not yet 7-year-old dog. I froze and my mind went whirling, I suddenly found it difficult to get out all of the questions that were racing through my head.  As my Uber driver [...]

2020-01-11T08:31:16-04:00January 22nd, 2018|221 Comments

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

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 [...]

2018-08-24T02:44:14-04:00November 16th, 2015|350 Comments

Planning For Success With Your Dog Training

"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 [...]

2020-01-11T19:54:00-04:00November 1st, 2015|72 Comments

Have You Tried A “Puppy Adventure Trip?”

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 [...]

2018-08-29T04:59:35-04:00May 1st, 2015|54 Comments

The 8 Week Old Puppy: Transitioning From Unruly To Unbelievable

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 [...]

2020-01-11T20:14:04-04:00April 28th, 2015|175 Comments

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

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 experience of putting this list was [...]

2020-02-05T23:30:40-04:00April 22nd, 2015|38 Comments