Transformative Dog Training in Salt Lake City, Nashville, and Charleston, SC

Archives - August 2016


Understanding Support Animals

It’s come to my attention in recent years that very few people really comprehend the differences between service dogs, therapy dogs, and emotional support dogs. I have other videos and materials on my website that contain this information, but I didn’t have one piece of content that simply outlined the difference. Since this is a …


Above And Beyond: The Benefits of Extra Training

Today I want to talk about a topic that’s a little personal: choosing to do more than you need to do when you’re training your dog. My first dog’s name was Heidi, and it took me years of begging to get her. My parents weren’t into them, my mom was afraid of them, and nobody …


Good to Go: A Sensible Approach to Training Tools

In my work, I frequently field questions like: “When can I stop using the dog crate?” or “At what point do I not need to use the leash?” or “Can I stop using this e-collar yet?” I understand the thought process behind this questions. Training a dog isn’t necessarily easy, and there is a lot …


Nosing Around: Tips for Engaging the Injured Dog

Today I’d like to address a difficult question that I’ve had many times over the years: high-energy dogs who have been injured and need to be off their feet for an extended period of time. Sometimes this situation is very simple—as is the case when a dog is neutered or spayed—and generally require a short …


Four-Letter-Word: Making the Most of Stress

Have you ever thought about how pressure and stress can benefit your dog? As humans, we tend to label “stress” a four-letter-word. But if you really think about it, there is no such thing as growth in the living world without it! The plant that springs out of the earth has to push forward through …


The Bracelet Story: Rewarding Good Behavior

In front of me right now I have four cheap, simple bracelets, and I want to tell you the story of how I received them. When I was at work today—and very busy—a young woman walked in, came over to the desk, and started talking to me. To be honest, I didn’t understand much of …


Tending the Tinderbox: How Small Habits Prevent Big Problems

In my community there’s a hillside covered in dead, brown grass. There are a few shades of green on the hill, but they’re only there because of the community’s efforts to water this dead hill. I live directly across the street, and every time our guests see the sprinklers come on in the evening, they …


Making the Cut: Intelligence Versus. Drive

Today I want to make a distinction between intelligence and drive. These are two very different concepts, but they are often confused with each other to a certain degree. People often have incorrect expectations for their dogs based on this misunderstanding. About eight years ago I was invited to do a demonstration with my dog, …


New Tricks: Encouraging Your Dog’s Proactivity

Today I’d like to share a phrase that I use quite a lot with my clients: “The more proactive your dog is in fixing their mistake, the sooner they won’t make that mistake.” Let me bring in an example to illustrate this concept: leash pulling. We work on this problem a lot with clients, because …

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