The Failure Of Treat-Focused, “Purely Positive” Dog Training

The Failure Of Treat-Focused, “Purely Positive” Dog Training

So-called “purely positive” training is a huge new fad. It means you only reward your dog’s good behavior; you never correct the bad. Most purely positive trainers are what I call “treat-focused”, centering around giving the dog edible treats at the exclusion of other more readily available, natural, and fulfilling rewards like offleash play, pets, […]

Why Walk Your Dog?  (The Answer May Surprise You!)

Why Walk Your Dog? (The Answer May Surprise You!)

All good owners know they need to walk their dog. Granted, there are exceptions … like the nice lady who called me because her dog was chewing and destroying the house, and then looked surprised when I told her the problem had at least something to do with her not having taken her dog outside in over a year. […]

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“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 […]

Street Etiquette for Dogs

Street Etiquette for Dogs

I recently had a client new to puppy-rearing who asked “What is the etiquette for where to allow your dog to pee, when walking in the city?” My answer? “That’s a great question!” _________________________ I could name a few locations/situations in which it’s pretty clearly not cool to allow your dog to urinate or defecate: In […]

To Tyson

To Tyson

Last week I cried as a sweet, peaceful, loving dog stopped breathing in my arms. Then I cried tears of joy, as I watched him come back to life. I’d traveled that day to Sheepshead Bay to work with a Presa Canario named Tyson. I approached this meeting cautiously: this “Canary” strain of Mastiff is […]