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Big and Strong: Leadership In Dog Training

I want to talk about leadership. This is one of those concepts that a lot of people realize they need to do better, particularly in relation to their dogs. Unfortunately, some of these people end up practicing that only looks like leadership. Some of them just try to look tougher, some say things in a …


Point and Shoot: Laser Pointers

Today, I’d like to talk about a slightly unusual topic: laser pointers. Around the beginning of my business, I got a call from an owner who had three Boston terriers. They were one of the first clients that I had while working on my own. On the phone, they told me that their dogs chased …


Dog Training Trivia at Ty the Dog Guy

Dog training trivia.  Hot wings.  Need I say more?


Show and Tell: Puppy Obedience Training

In today’s post, I want to talk about the number one complaint that I hear from dog owners the first time that I meet with them. I’ve probably written about this before, but I’d like to do so again because I’ve gained insight on it through the years. So which complaint do I hear the …


How To Solve Dog Training Problems

In today’s post, I want to talk about a nursery rhyme. An old lady who swallowed a fly, and then a spider to swallow the fly, and then a lizard to swallow the spider, and a bird to swallow the lizard, and a cat to swallow the bird, and a dog to swallow the cat—whew! …


Staying Together: How to Train For the Yard

In today’s post, I want to give you a few tips for keeping your dog close. Many clients find themselves using these methods in the front yard, when they’re gardening, chatting with neighbors, or working on their car. You want to be outside and you want your dog to be with you, but you don’t …


On Edge: Dog Obedience and Children

Today, I thought I’d write a post about a news item that’s been on my mind lately. If you hadn’t heard, it was recently in the news that the Obama family’s dog bit a teenage girl in the face. The story, as I’ve heard it, is that the girl got in the dog’s face and …


The “Pure Positive” Myth: How to Use Correction Properly

This morning, I was out with my dog Chocolate Chip, just running around. It’s a cold winter and she’s in heat, so I’m not letting her run around the house and make a mess. During this time I like to let her have some fun, because otherwise she’ll go nuts. While on our walk, I …


Bonus Round: More About the Collateral Effect

In today’s post, I want to talk about something that I’ve brushed on before and want to explain in more depth. It’s called the “collateral effect.” The “collateral effect” is a term that I use frequently. It simply refers to the common trend that when we satisfy one need in a dog, other behaviors that …

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