(VIDEO) Exercises To Change The Relationship Between Your Dog and Child

Video Summary In this video, I work with a father, his doberman, and his little girl. Unlike the focus on preparing for the arrival of your baby, here we work with an older child (3 to 4 years old) and the family dog. The exercises I teach in this video are designed to change the relationship […]

The Yin & Yang of Dog Training: Positive Reinforcement or Aversive Control?

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In previous posts I’ve discussed the importance of managing a dog’s social status as well as some of the controversies around this topic. Another topic that’s directly related and generates even more heat is the question of what role positive reinforcement dog training and aversives should play. The Yin and Yang of Dog Training On one […]

Integrated Dog Training

The most important thing I learned from my training mentors is the importance of maintaining a well-stocked toolbox of tricks and strategies at the ready when working to help clients with their dogs. This approach has served my clients and me well over 21 years of training. Transcend and Include The essential take away from all […]

What Every Dog Craves: A Family With Clear Structure And Guidance

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A Fond Farewell to the Wolf In a previous post I argued that the wolf pack model of a dog’s social sense is a bit dated. I also suggested that strict notions of dominance and submission miss lots of nuance in our dog’s social interactions. And they too easily lend themselves to wanting to “show […]

How Important Is Social Status To Your Dog?

How Important Is Social Status To Your Dog?

If there are many ways to skin a cat there are easily as many ways to train a dog. But which one is right? These days that’s a loaded and emotionally charged question. And it’s a controversy I’ve been embroiled in for nearly as long as I’ve been training. How Important Is Social Status To Your […]

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