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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 …


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 …

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