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

Archives - December 2016


Touring the Core: Total Recall

In today’s post, I want to talk about a very important subject in dog training: core behaviors. I’ve found over the years that there are three of these “core” behaviors. If a dog does these behaviors, and does them well, then we can manage or solve 95% of the things that bother the owners about …


A Shared Universe: Some Words on Engagement

Today is a blustery, freezing cold day here in Salt Lake City, and I’m out on a trail where I frequently take my dogs off-leash. While there, I came across two Golden Retrievers that belong to a client and who I’ve known since they were brand-new. In fact, one of them was dropped off at …


Cheaters Sometimes Prosper: How Repetition Works

In today’s post, I want to talk about cheating. This topic came to my mind when I was with a client earlier today. We’re training a service dog for her teenage daughter, and right now we’re working on a specific service task. Now, their problem isn’t that the training is too hard or that the …


Genius At Heart: Different Kinds of Intelligence

I want to talk to you about Einstein, and about a quote of his that I’m probably paraphrasing and not doing justice. It’s unclear whether he actually said this, to begin with, but it’s a great quote. It goes something to the effect of this: “Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish …


On Your Own: Understanding “Learned Helplessness”

To start off, I know I haven’t been quite as “daily” as usual lately. There’s a reason for that, and I’ve made it the subject of this post! For the past week or so, my office manager has been on vacation down in Florida. He’s having a good time, which I’m glad about, but that …


Taking The Cut: Why Sacrifices Matter

Frequently, I chat with owners who are just beginning to think about getting their dog trained. One of the most common complaints is that their dog is chewing and peeing on the floor, but the owners don’t want to use a crate. Or perhaps the dog is destructive, but the owners don’t want to walk …


Logos Over Pathos: Separating Emotion From Training

In today’s post, I want to address the problems that arise when we do things for ourselves rather than for our dogs. Without intending to offend anyone, I’d like to tell you about a conversation. Earlier today, I talked with a women who had a Belgian Malinois who was over a year old and very …


How to Train an Aggressive German Shepherd

Here is another in our series on transforming dogs. This is a German Shepherd who came to us with aggression problems. The first time I met him he was so aggressive I couldn’t even touch him, he was barking and lunging at everyone. During this dog training video you can see everything we did to …


Train Your Dog to be Good When the Doorbell Rings- Door Manners

Does your dog freak out when the doorbell rings or the door is knocked? It’s frustrating to have a dog who excessively barks, jumps on guests, bites people coming in the door, and more. But there’s a way to train your dog not to do it. You simply need to have the right plan and …

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