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

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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 …


Crate Training To Promote Relaxation

Recently I’ve been thinking about the difference between simply relaxing and actually shutting down your brain. This topic has been on my mind because of a conversation I had with a client about giving their dog some down time. This was especially necessary in this case because the dog was a service animal who has …


Changing Behavior One Step At A Time

Today I’d like to talk about something I call “bite-sized chunks.” This is a concept I use tot show clients how to bring about complex behavior changes in their dogs. Now, a complex task for a dog is very different from a complex task for us. If someone were to tell me to go upstairs, …


Building Baselines: A New Solution To Aggression

Right now I’m working a lot with a dog named Barney. Barney came to us, for training in Salt Lake City, all the way from Virginia. It’s a long journey—across the country—but Barney needs serious work with his aggression problem. His owners have tried a lot of different things and been unsuccessful, so I’m trying …


Train Your Small Dog

Recently, I’ve been helping a little girl named Luna through our boot camp. As I was working with Luna, I realized that 80% of the dogs we work with are medium or large dogs, and only  about twenty percent would be called small dogs. People who are interested in finding a dog trainer here in …


How Proactive Correction Can Fix Mistakes

Today I want to talk about teaching your dog to fix mistakes. This idea came to me during a men’s group at church, where we were talking about the difference between acting and being acted upon. In our lives, we essentially have those two options. You probably know yourself as someone who fits one of …

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