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

2017-03-14T00:03:43+07:00

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", [...]

The Failure Of Treat-Focused, “Purely Positive” Dog Training2017-03-14T00:03:43+07:00

When is Crate-Training Helpful? (Not as Often as You Think!)

2016-04-05T18:46:17+07:00

If you believe everything you read on the internet, you'll get the impression you're a bad dog owner if you don't "crate train" your new puppy or rescue. I disagree. Crating can definitely [...]

When is Crate-Training Helpful? (Not as Often as You Think!)2016-04-05T18:46:17+07:00

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

2015-12-15T22:56:02+07:00

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 [...]

Why Walk Your Dog? (The Answer May Surprise You!)2015-12-15T22:56:02+07:00

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

2017-03-14T00:05:02+07:00

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 [...]

“Don’ts” When Training Recall (“Come!”)2017-03-14T00:05:02+07:00

Edible Treats vs. Situational Rewards

2015-02-09T21:42:04+07:00

I consider myself a non-"treat-focused" dog trainer. This can be helpful when working with phobic or anxiety-ridden dogs who won't accept treats in key trigger situations, or also with hyper or dominant/demanding dogs [...]

Edible Treats vs. Situational Rewards2015-02-09T21:42:04+07:00

Between Punitive And Purely Positive Dog Training

2014-06-15T08:19:58+07:00

Yesterday I had a case that to me perfectly encapsulates the current state of dog training in the US. I'd been called to help a herding breed mix with serious leash-aggression. This [...]

Between Punitive And Purely Positive Dog Training2014-06-15T08:19:58+07:00

Are There Disadvantages to Adopting a “Shelter Dog”? (NO!)

2014-03-01T00:59:42+07:00

I recently contributed my opinion to an article on the pros and cons of adopting "shelter dogs". It amazes me how frequently new owners I meet attribute particular problems or characteristics of [...]

Are There Disadvantages to Adopting a “Shelter Dog”? (NO!)2014-03-01T00:59:42+07:00

Dogs In The Workplace: Potential Problems And Simple Solutions

2013-11-26T21:27:26+07:00

I recently contributed opinion to a journalist about potential problems of dogs in the workplace. Dogs at the office or other workplace are increasingly popular: they create a homey and inviting environment, [...]

Dogs In The Workplace: Potential Problems And Simple Solutions2013-11-26T21:27:26+07:00