Six Minutes of Dog Training Wizardry!!

July 19, 2014

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This could not have been planned! But it turned out AWESOME! If only dog training was as easy as being a wizard and waving a magic wand! Nope, that's not really very realistic, we and our dogs have to live in reality and reality is, it takes a lot longer than a few weeks or months to raise happy well-adjusted and trained dogs. Come down off your cloud and get real, get the right help so that you too can have a dog like this. And without using punishments that leave marks visually and mentally on your dog/s.

Zoey Doing Water Retrieves, Goal Learn to Swim and Dock Diving

July 7, 2014

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  Zoey is 10 months old. She has been learning foundation behaviors, that include sit, down, stay, walking nicely on lead, and focus. Her training has included an emphasis on using not just food and treats, but play training. While she’s actively learning new things, swimming has became the most recent focus and possible goal would […]

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Boudicca doing water retrieves 4th of July 2014

July 4, 2014

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Lack of play behavior in dogs may be indicator for lack of well-being!

June 12, 2014

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It’s not unusual for dog trainers to use a dog’s willingness to take treats, during training, as an indicator for lack of anxiety and/or fear. Given in the context of behavior modification, it’s often necessary to move reactive, fear and/or anxiety related dogs away from stimuli (targets) to reduce the reactivity cycle and facilitate the eating of treats. The premise is, when dogs actively take treats, during behavior modification, they are building new brain connections, using classical conditioning, that are more adaptive in those contexts, because dogs are learning (operant conditioning) to perform alternative behavior/s that are more desirable.

Dear Breeders: Stop. Just stop.

May 27, 2014

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WOW, just wow. I rarely “press this” to my business blog, but this deserves that kind of attention!   Maybe you’re a great breeder, or even a great dog trainer. Maybe your dogs are the image of perfection mentally and physically. None of that matters, however, if you’re breeding puppies and sending them to people […]

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