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Aug 2018

Just don’t let your dog do that.   Sounds simple right? Maybe too simple? I am often met with a frustrated client who feels like they have tried everything in their power to stop their dog from doing certain unwanted behaviours. What they don’t realize is that often (not always), but often, we can change a dog’s behaviour simply by interrupting the pattern or the habit. In more simple terms, just don’t let the dog do it, and they will stop doing “it”.  When I work with owners of puppies, I show......

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Aug 2018

What does leadership mean to you? Lately, the term leadership has gotten a bit of a bad rap from the “purely positive” crowd. Somehow it has developed a connotation of dominance and harsh discipline. However, if you look up the definition of leadership this is what you will find; lead·er·ship ˈlēdərˌSHip/ noun the action of leading a group of people or an organization. “different styles of leadership” synonyms: guidance, direction, control, management, superintendence, supervision Nowhere in that definition does it talk about anything unpleasant. Even the words dominance and discipline don’t need to be negative, but that......

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12
Aug 2018

Actually teach your dog what the word “come” means. Put a leash on, say “come” and then reel your dog in to you and reward. Rinse and repeat MANY, many times in several different situations (all with the leash on). Don’t over use it, particularly when you don’t mean it. When you use “Come” all the time, dogs stop paying attention. For example, when you are walking your dog and they are sniffing the ground, don’t say come unless you are going to do a formal recall. Use “let’s go” or something......

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Mar 2018

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......

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13
Feb 2018

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......

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01
Feb 2018

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......

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27
Sep 2017

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!...

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05
Sep 2017

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......

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13
Jan 2017

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....

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