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

Category - Podcast

27
Jun

Structure Away Anxiety: How Focused Motion and Stillness Can Transform Your Dog

Today I’d like to talk about two concepts that I call “structured motion” and “structured stillness.” Although this concept is one that I frequently utilize in training of anxious dogs, it’s one that not every owner thoroughly understands. When I work with other professional trainers, I have found that this concept frequently goes unexplained. But …

27
Jun

Focusing On the Peripheral: How To Address Problem Areas Indirectly

I recently took my daughter to equestrian speech therapy.  Now, I was initially skeptical about how a horse could help her speak better. But here’s how the half-hour session works: they had her brush the horse, grab the saddle, and walk around the farm. Then they asked her things like, “Look at that horse, he …

27
Jun

Taming the Toy Monster: How To Redirect Your Dog’s Energy

The other day while I was hanging out with my dogs in the living room, I noticed an important difference between my house and many of the other dog-owning houses I go into. As far as toys for the dogs, all I have is a small chewing bone, a tennis ball, and a deer antler. …

27
Jun

Don’t Treat the Symptoms: Getting To The Root of Your Dog’s Behavior

When I talk to an owner about their dog’s behavior problems, the conversation often sounds like we’re discussing icebergs. See, when you first glimpse an iceberg, it’s 90% under the surface. What you’re actually seeing is the tip of it. https://youtu.be/CaYM_9D1XxI Often, people tell me about the tip of their dog’s iceberg. This isn’t to …

27
Jun

Profile Without Profiling: What Breeds Really Mean

A while ago I made a post about dog breeds, and today I’d like to come at this subject from a different angle. Another thing that’s important to understand about breeding is that, even though many breeds have changed over time, there are certain characteristics that are common to certain breeds. That’s not always the …

22
Jun

Working Selection: What Your Dog’s Breed Really Means

Dog owners commonly come to me saying things like, “I got this Labrador”—or Pyrenees, or any other breed—“and the breed book tells me it’s going to be exactly like this.” Or, “After I got my German Shepherd, I started reading up on them, so I know exactly what they’re like.” Here’s the thing: there are …

22
Jun

Brain Over Brawn: How Mental Exercise Can Shape Your Dog’s Behavior

Through the years, I’ve found that dog owners and trainers alike frequently misunderstand the concept of exercise. Quite often owners come to me for the first time and say things like; “We don’t understand out dog. He’s really aggressive. We exercise the heck out of him, but he’s still aggressive on walks.” Or: “I don’t …

22
Jun

Kids vs. Dogs: Understanding Reason and Correction

In this post, I’d like to tackle a different sort of topic: the difference between the way I raise my kids and the way I train my dogs. A while ago, I was speaking to a trainer who opposes the use of any kind of correction in dog training. “You wouldn’t use an electric collar …

22
Jun

Cultivating Focus: Tips for Developing Your Dog’s Spatial Awareness

Cultivating Focus: Tips for Developing Your Dog’s Spatial Awareness I’ve talked about the relationship between focus and adrenaline in the past. Today I want to talk a little bit more specifically about focus, and explain how to help your dog overcome a lack of it. Recently, I took my dog for a walk. As we …

Page 19 of 19
New to the Site? >>>> Start Here
Call Now Button