Your dog is not broken, he does not need “fixing”. Every day I get emails and phone calls from people needing help with their dogs. Many of them want me to fix a problem they have with a behaviour that their dog displays. The problem with that is two things; one, the dog is not broken and does not need fixing, and two, they do want to make any personal changes and take no ownership for their role in the matter. Dogs are animals, they are not humans. Before Fluffy is your......
What if I told you that I really don’t care if your dog knows the obedience command “sit”? I tell clients this every day and as you can imagine I get a few funny looks. So many trainers these days will focus on tightening up a dogs obedience in order to resolve behaviour issues. If you approach them for help with your dogs resource guarding, they will tell you to join their group class and work on your dogs obedience. There are a few different reasons why this wont work. The biggest......
Did you know that you just might be (unintentionally) reinforcing the very behaviours that you are trying to stop? But wait, what does reinforcement really mean anyways? There are many terms used in the dog training world, and one of the most popular ones is reinforcement (specifically positive reinforcement). However, many pet owners don’t actually know that it is so much more than just using treats to get your dog to sit. The Merriam-Webster definition of reinforcement is: 1: the action of strengthening or encouraging something 2: something that strengthens or encourages something In......
You may have heard the term low level remote collar training or ecollar training. Unfortunately many people still refer to these tools as shock collar training which couldn’t be further from the truth. Check out my quick video on what low level remote collar training is and why it is not just semantics, but truly is low level training. We are NOT shocking dogs, and we are not in the business of hurting dogs!...
In light of the recent hurricane and flooding in Texas, wildfires in BC and Manitoba, and Hurricane Irma headed towards Florida, we felt we should discuss how to be prepared for an emergency when you have pets. It is far too easy to think “Oh it will never happen to us”, but the small effort involved in being prepared is worth the peace of mind should a disaster strike. There are plenty of resources for home disaster kits (both DIY and pre-made ready for purchase), but for those with pets we also......
Often when people inquire about training with me, they think because I am a “balanced trainer” that I don’t use food. When in fact I do use food, I just use it differently than most trainers. Instead of using treats as a bribe, I use the dog’s meal as a paycheque. Here is an example of one meal with a dog I have in for training....
I often get inquiries from expecting parents on how to properly introduce their dog to the new baby once it arrives. In my opinion it is not as simple as just introducing the dog to the baby the right way…In fact there are quite a few things that I would suggest working on far before the baby comes home. Most of the people who contact me will tell me they plan to bring a baby blanket home to let the dog smell it before the baby comes in and that they will......
How Much Exercise Does My Dog Need? Great question! Let’s take a look at how much exercise your dog needs and how you can fulfill that need. One of the first things I will ask a client when I first meet with them is how much exercise their dog gets? Regardless of the reason I am there (from house training to behaviour modification), exercise is important. It is rare that the dog is getting sufficient exercise and in some cases the dog is getting no exercise at all. Unless your dog has......