May 22, 2019

The Theory of Motivation in Dog Training

Dog training is a journey and it's a journey that doesn't have an end. Just about the time we think we have everything figures out, something jumps up and slaps us in the face to remind us we still have a lot to learn.

With that s...

May 22, 2019

Creating an Engaged Canine Partner

Engagement. What is it? How can we be sure we really have it? Do we really need it? 

Yes, we need it! Engagement is one of the most important things we can cultivate in our dogs, because without it, we don’t have an involved, willi...

May 14, 2019

What is Socialization?

Socialization is creating purposeful, positive experiences for your puppy, to prepare them for life in the human world. For the first few months of their lives, puppies go through a developmental phase known as the critical socialization window. D...

May 10, 2019

Introduction Focus is about getting your dog’s attention and keeping it. Focus is imperative to training obedience and commanding respect. Your dog will live a lifetime in a world of distractions. To keep him and others safe, you will need to be able to get his attenti...

April 20, 2019

I feel there is a lot of confusing terms when we talk about Dog Temperament and what it involves. I've been  working with dogs since I was born and have had the opportunity to deal with many different Dogs and be able to evaluate and judge their temperaments and attitu...

April 16, 2019

Tips to avoid behavior problems with a new puppy:

  • Bring your puppy to the vet as soon as possible for an examination. A sick pup won’t adjust well to his new environment, even if the illness is minor. It’s also hard to gauge a new dog’s real temperament and personal...

April 11, 2019

For many years I have been asked what type of Puppy testing I do, there are different types of puppy testings , there is a lot of different tests , the Volhart being the most popular. Think of puppy temperament testing as a canine crystal ball used to identify your pup...

April 4, 2019

If you’re a dog owner, I’m sure you’ve heard this refrain.

Conventional wisdom says that young puppies come to us as blank slates.  Full of promise and limitless potential, ready to be molded into your ideal companion as long as you do your part – provide lots of love,...

April 4, 2019

What is the difference between a reactive dog and an aggressive one? Should we use the term reactive dog at all, and what does it matter anyway?
Reactive and aggressive are different descriptive terms, though they can go hand in hand. A reactive dog may show an aggress...

February 18, 2019

Establishing leadership and pack structure is probably the single most important thing to do when you own a dog. Whether it’s your long time family pet, a new puppy, or one you rescued, you will want to start off with this basic foundation. Dogs without leadership and...

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