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20
Mar

How To Stop An Aggressive or Destructive Dog

In this post, I’d like to talk about the role that exercise plays in making sure your dog is well-trained. This stems from a question that I’ve received a lot over the years, thanks to a certain dog trainer named Cesar Milan. Now, I’m not going to claim that I know much about Cesar Milan. …

17
Mar

What To Do If Your Dog Takes Advantage Of You

Today I want to talk about dogs that take advantage of their owners. This has been on my mind because I’m working with an owner who has cancer and is physically weakened as a result. In a possible correlation, he’s seen behavior problems and boundary-pushing popping up in his dog. I’ve seen this phenomenon occur …

16
Mar

How To Control Dog Barking And Growling

Today, I spent some time in my backyard with my dog Chocolate Chip and a Belgian Malamute who’s staying at my house to be trained as a personal protection dog. Needless to say, there was a lot of growling involved. So I thought I’d take a few minutes to talk about growling and what it …

15
Mar

Understanding the “Sandbox”

Every dog trainer that has been in the business for a while has probably created their own “sandbox.” What on earth does that mean? Well, if you have your own sandbox, you get to determine how people can play with it. Perhaps you only play with one kind of toy in this sandbox, or have …

14
Mar

How To Teach Your Dog To Sit

Lately I’ve been working a lot with Sword, a protection dog in training. Protection dogs are a big investment, usually around $20,000 to $50,000. Today we were working on Sword’s sit command. He often understands this command to mean sitting at someone’s side, but right now I want to train him to sit in front …

27
Feb

Big Picture: Elements of Dog Behavior

In this post, I’d like to talk about components of who your dog is. Incorrect thinking on this topic is a trap that I fall into somewhat frequently, just because my overall job as a trainer is to modify a dog’s behavior to reflect what the customer is paying for and what I want for …

15
Feb

Smart Exposure: How To Help Dogs With Anxiety

In today’s podcast, I’d like to discuss how to help your dog get over fear and anxiety, and the other barriers that sometimes set them back. Today, I was working with a great client who came in with some of her teenage kids. She told me that the dog we were working with was the …

14
Feb

Exception To The Rule: How To Train A Stubborn Dog

In today’s post, I want to talk about something difficult: your stubborn dog! I’ve been thinking about this topic a lot because Facebook was kind enough to show me a memory of a quote that I shared three or four years ago: “In order for a dog to be considered stubborn, he must first know …

13
Feb

Just A Habit: Real Obedience Training For Dogs

The other day I heard some barking in my backyard. I live in a very unique neighborhood. In the small block that I live on, there are about fifteen houses. Out of all those houses, my family is the only one that owns dogs. Nowhere else in America will you see fifteen houses in a …

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