Dog Training

Puppy Socialization Essentials

By |Blog, Dog Training, Socialization|

Most people know they should introduce their new puppy to dogs and people while they're still young - but there's a lot more to socialization than meeting dogs and people! During the first three months of a puppy's life, they should have as many different positive experiences as possible, including as wide a variety as possible of people and dogs, but also places, sounds, [...]

Canine Good Citizen & Pet Therapy

By |Blog, Dog Training, Pet Therapy|

Therapy dogs, service dogs, and emotional support dogs are all the rage these days - but what does it all mean? And furthermore, what type of training do these dogs require? Each of these dogs has vastly different legal requirements but they do all need training. That's why we've created our Canine Good Citizen Pet Therapy classes. These classes will prepare you and your [...]

How to Identify Resource Guarding

By |Blog, Dog Behavior, Dog Safety, Dog Training|

Though resource guarding is a perfectly natural impulse for a dog to have, it can also be an incredibly dangerous one. If resource guarding is not appropriately identified then a person, oftentimes a child, can get hurt. Most people know that dogs may resource guard their food but did you know there are lots of other things dogs resource guard? Dogs may resource guard their [...]

To Crate or Not to Crate

By |Blog, Client Handouts, Dog Behavior, Dog Sports, Dog Training, Socialization|

By Angelica Steinker, M.Ed., C.D.B.C, CAP2 designed by Kimberly "Kim" Archer, CPDT-KA, CTDI It has become a popular notion to crate dogs, especially during adolescence to encourage a reinforcement history with people rather than the environment. However, is keeping a dog crated for 23.5 hours a day appropriate? This article does not aim to exclusively answer any of the questions posed but [...]

The Problem With Shock Collars

By |Client Handouts, Dog Behavior, Dog Training|

It isn’t that shock collar training doesn’t work, because it does. The question is at what price? Some extremely skilled trainers may be able to offset some of the problems shock collars can cause. However, shock collars are for sale at almost every pet store making them readily accessible to the general public. A shock collar can potentially lead to very serious problems if not [...]

The Art & Science of Heeling

By |Dog Training|

The Art & Science of Heeling By Angelica Steinker, M.Ed., C.D.B.C, CAP2 Designed by Kimberly "Kim" Archer, CPDT-KA, CTDI "Heeling is a dance of special connection with my dog. Some view it as merely a mechanical exercise, but for me it is the ultimate connection of our two spirits.” – Ruth E Barish, avid obedience competitor and author In the world of dogs [...]

The Power of Fun in Dog Training

By |Dog Behavior, Dog Training|

Being a fun detective pays off huge in dog training It’s six am and while sleeping in your bed, feeling cozy and content, your puppy has pounced on you! If your dog is mentally or physically under stimulated this could happen to you! Is this an annoying situation or fun detective opportunity? The truth is it can be both. Prevent early morning pouncing by spending [...]

Why Counter Conditioning Doesn’t Work

By |Dog Training|

A common criticism of counter conditioning is that it does not work. While there can be many reasons why a behavior modification protocol based on counter conditioning fails it is almost always user error not that the counter conditioning itself doesn’t work. Here are four common reasons that cause counter conditioning to fail. Four reasons why Counter Conditioning doesn't work: Lack of Global Safe Zone [...]

Dog Training 101: What is Clicker Training?

By |Dog Behavior, Dog Training, Operant Conditioning|

Dog Training 101: What is Clicker Training? By Angelica Steinker, M.Ed., CDBC, CAP2 edited by Kimberly "Kim" Archer, CPDT-KA, CTDI Clicker training is a training method using a handheld plastic box that makes a clicking noise when depressed by a trainer. This click allows a trainer to mark a very precise moment in time, communicating to a dog exactly when they did something desired. The [...]

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