Why “Luring” With Treats Isn’t How You Want To Obedience Train Your Dog

Why “Luring” With Treats Isn’t How You Want To Obedience Train Your Dog

The vast majority of modern-day trainers will teach obedience commands by “luring” the dog to do the desired behavior. Usually with edible treats, but the same can be done with a ball, squeaky, tug toy, bone, or other desirable item. For instance, to get “Sit” you raise a treat above the dog’s head; that tilts […]

“Don’ts” When Training Recall (“Come!”)

“Don’ts” When Training Recall (“Come!”)

In my last post I explained why what I call “Leading” is a more helpful obedience ritual to have mastered than recall (“Come”) when taking your dog offleash. Still, “Come” can be a very useful command, particularly in various emergency situations. For instance:  your dog is disappearing into the woods; running toward a busy street; about […]

The Difference Between Assertive and Aggressive

The Difference Between Assertive and Aggressive

In New York Magazine’s blurb about Calm Energy Dog Training – under “Best Dog Trainer” in their “Best Of New York 2013” issue – they write “Newman’s approach [is to] reconcile being calm and aggressive at once.” If you know something about dog training, you can probably guess that I never said this. No doubt they were picking up […]