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

Archives - November 2016


Stuff, Stuff, Stuff: Filling Our Dogs’ Lives

Before I begin this post, I’d like to offer the disclaimer that I sincerely hope to not offend anyone. What I’m about to write is simply an observation I’ve made in my work. Over the years I’ve found that the most experienced “dog people”—whose who train dogs, handle dogs, or simply spend a lot of …


Let It Snow: Winter Stimulation for Your Dog

As I write this, it’s cloudy and windy and chilly outside, and that means that soon we’ll start getting a certain type of call from some of our clients. Oftentimes, we train a dog in the spring or summer and have some great results in fixing aggression or house training. But sure enough, come the …


“Holding It In”: Basics of House Training

In today’s post, I’d like to address a big mistake that some people make when they’re house training. One big error I see people make is giving their dog too many opportunities to go to the bathroom. In the very beginning, when I’m house breaking a puppy, I try to give them lots of opportunities …


A Perfect Match: Why Service Dogs Sometimes Fail

Today I want to write a little about service dog failures.This is something that not many people like to talk about it, and I honestly don’t either. Failure isn’t fun to think about or dwell on—but they do a lot to teach. They’re important lessons that help us to understand what constitutes a good situation …


Where’s The Magic?: Why Consistency Matters

Would you believe me if I told you that your dog lies to you? What if I told you that he lies to your trainer? In the beginning stages of our training program, owners frequently say things like: “I have no idea what’s going on; my dog does great here, but when we’re at home …


Don’t Turn Away: Addressing Some Big Issues

In this post, I’m going to be talking specifically about jumping and biting. I’ve spoken about this a few days ago in another post, but I want to address it head-on here. I just got off the phone with a gentleman who told me: “I’ve got this young dog, and every time the previous owner …


TYD60 Moment Step Back Recall- Fixing Dog Aggression

Over the years we’ve developed a unique method called ‘Step Back Recall’. This method has helped thousands of dogs from around the world to work through dog aggression problems. At it’s core it helps the dog learn to focus on the owner rather than on the subject of their fear, anxiety, and aggression. The method …


Getting Along: A Demystification of Dominance

With this post, I want to talk about myths surrounding the topic of dominance. Over the years, I’ve heard a lot of truisms like “You can’t let your dog on the couch,” “You have to eat before your dog,” “You need to make sure your dog moves out of your way when you’re walking, rather …


A Comedy Of Errors: What Anti-Aversive Trainers Get Wrong

In this post, I’d like to tell you about the lie of positive reinforcement. That felt kind of silly and overdramatic to write, but it’s an important topic. Dog training, like any industry, gets very political. People have specific views and wish to teach those views or force them on others. one of these views …

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