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

“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

How To Say “No!” In Dog Language (Effectively)

2014-04-11T03:20:25+07:00

It was only after several owners pointed out to me that I never say "No" to their dogs, that I even considered that fact. "Is it okay that I say 'No'?" they [...]

How To Say “No!” In Dog Language (Effectively)2014-04-11T03:20:25+07:00

Pain or Intimidation in Dog Training – Beware!

2014-04-11T03:19:29+07:00

Everyone with any sense knows not to hit their dog. I recently contributed so-called "expert opinion" to an article explaining why. It ain't rocket science. Here's what I wrote. _________________ Hitting, or [...]

Pain or Intimidation in Dog Training – Beware!2014-04-11T03:19:29+07:00

Fear/Anxiety Dos and Don’ts, Part V: The Big To-Do(s)

2014-04-11T03:18:36+07:00

Canine Fear/Anxiety Dos and Don’ts Part V: The Big To-Do(s) Finally, a few big "Dos" for your fearful or anxious dog: 1. Obedience exercises. Fearful dogs in trigger situations can be helped [...]

Fear/Anxiety Dos and Don’ts, Part V: The Big To-Do(s)2014-04-11T03:18:36+07:00