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

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On the Loose: Handling Freedom And Supervision

Today I want to talk about freedom for your dog. This is an idea that often presents me with something of an idealogical conundrum, but I’m going to take the plunge because I think that the way we think about freedom has huge implications on our dog training. Now, I certainly don’t want to get …


What Do I Do Now?: Asking The Right Questions

Albert Einstein said a lot of intelligent things, but one of his statements has always particularly stuck out to me. In fact, it’s one of my favorite quotes from anyone, and I think of it frequently in my dog training career. Here it is: “If I had an hour to solve a problem and my …


A Second Perspective on the Spaying and Neutering Question

My dog Chocolate Chip is currently in heat. Go ahead, gasp in horror! I’m used to it, because I take quite a bit criticism for this. There are a lot of people out there who say that you absolutely must have your dogs spayed or neutered, and the earlier the better. Before we dive further …


Rules, Rules, Rules: Handling New information

In this post, I want to talk about breaking the dog training rules. That sounds controversial, but I’m really just referring to the habit of clinging to the first “rule” you hear about a dog training topic. When people want to learn more about dog training, they generally read a book or talk to their …


Calling the Shots: Managing Kids and Pets

Today I’d like to talk to you about a troubling sentiment that I hear quite a lot from new dog owners. It came to mind because of a conversation that I recently had with a client. This individual was explaining to me how they needed to get some training for their dog, who was aggressive …


Mind Over Matter: Why Consistency Trumps Talent

Today, I want to talk about how good you need to be at training in order to train your dog. A lot of people call me to ask whether they can actually train their dog. I always tell them that over the years, I’ve found that consistency will trump talent every time. Here’s what that …


Changing Contexts: Understanding Perspective

In this article, I’d like to talk a bit about context—in other words, how how dogs perceive information. At our company, we do a lot of boot camps. In these camps, both local people from here in Utah or people from out of state bring their dogs to us, and we train the dog and …


Puppy Problems: Minimizing Aggression and Anxiety

Today I’d like to speak about the impact of taking a puppy away from its mother and litter mates too early. I recently spoke with an owner who had done this, having brought her puppy home at about five weeks. While talking with her, I tried to explain some of the complex issues involved in …


All In the Family: Managing the Multi-Dog Household

Today, I’ve been hanging out with two of my dogs as well as a few of my clients’ dogs. Watching all of them together got me thinking about multi-dog households. Many of my clients struggle   with having moe than one dog in their home. Their dogs get into fights, become destructive, or simply feed off …

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