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Survival of the Meanest: When Dogs Aren’t Nice

Don’t get me wrong: I love dogs! However, they can sometimes be real jerks. What we don’t often realize is that we often think this because we’re looking at them from our own perspective. Today I was talking to a client who had three dogs, one of who had passed away. When the one dog …


Act Up, Act Out: Is My Dog Spiteful?

Spite is one of the most human emotions. When something happens that we don’t like, we often like to punish other people because of this feeling. Here’s an example: if someone does something their spouse hates, their spouse might withhold attention or even intentionally do something they know the person hates out of spite. Our …


FAQ: Basics of Puppy Training

I thought I would write a quick post from work, focused on a question that I receive a lot. This question came from someone who bought my video on how to raise the perfect puppy, and who had questions abut Her first question: “What type of crate do you recommend—wire crate or plastic mold?” I …


Unconditionally Loved: Giving Attention Wisely

My last post was about the proverb “you pet what you get,” and that got me thinking more and more about the affection we give our dogs—enough that I wanted to dedicate another podcast to it. Unfortunately, lots of dog owners approach this topic wrong, and it sets their dog up for some problems. You …


Pet and Regret: The Downsides of Affection

I want to talk today about an old saying that we have in dog training, which I probably heard for the first time about twenty years ago: “You get what you pet.” What’s that mean? Well, deep within this phrase there’s a very important lesson to be learned. It’s not talking literally about petting, although …


Touring the Core: On the Go

For my last few posts, I’ve been describing some of the “core behaviors” that are crucial to solid training. These three obedience behaviors can help us manage or solve any dog-related problem we might run into. In my last post I talked about staying when told, and in this one I want to address the …


Touring the Core: Stay Put!

In my last post, I discussed the concept of core behaviors: three behaviors which, done well, allow you to manage nearly everything. We’ve already discussed coming when called, so if you missed that one please go back and have a read! Today, I want to talk about how to get your dog to stay when …

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