Dog Training

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 [...]

Click & Praise

By |Dog Training, Enrichment, Operant Conditioning|

Click & Praise By Angelica Steinker, M.Ed., C.D.B.C, CAP2 Imagine a reward your dog will never fill up on, a reward that can last exactly as long as you want, and makes your dog incredibly happy. No magic, no trickery, it's just good old praise. In the last few decades dog trainers and pet s have made the transition of moving from force training, using [...]

Play, Don’t Train

By |Dog Safety, Dog Sports, Dog Training, Enrichment|

Play, Don't Train By Angelica Steinker, M.Ed., C.D.B.C, CAP2 Are your clients less motivated then you would like them to be? Stop telling them to train their dogs, and start telling them to play. It is often much easier to get them to be consistent when they are having fun. Are you feeling a little bored with your own dog’s training? Stop training, and start [...]

The Truth About Dominance Theory

By |Dog Behavior, Dog Training|

The Truth About Dominance Theory By Angelica Steinker, M.Ed., C.D.B.C, CAP2   The truth is there is nothing noble in being superior to another being. The only real nobility is in being superior to your former self. -Whitney Young, Civil Rights Leader   What is dominance theory? As humans we view the dominant animal as superior. Labeling one being as superior causes problems, both in human [...]

Preparing Your Dog For Your New Baby

By |Dog Training|

Preparing Your Dog For Your New Baby By Heather Gibbs, CPDT-KA, ABCDT, SBA Overview Preparing for a new baby's arrival can be an exciting and stressful time for all family members  involved - especially your dog! This article from Courteous Canine, Inc. contains information about how to prepare your dog for your new baby. For questions and training services to prepare your dog for your [...]

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