Tag - dog behavior

20
Jun

How To Walk And Heel Responsibly

I want to talk about driving the car. A few days ago, I was working with a client who was making a small error, an error that plenty of people make and that can be fixed pretty easily. It reminded me of a story from when I was a kid. When I was sixteen years …

19
Jun

Dog Training As Insurance

In this post, I want to talk about insurance. The other day, I started to think about investing in dog training kind of reminds me of the way that people . When I say “investing,” I am talking partially about money, but I’m also talking about effort and time and engagement—everything that goes into the …

23
May

What’s The Deal With Dog Training?

In this post, I want to address what dog training really is. I have a very linear mindset, and I’m always trying to fit things into a logical, “A-to-B” framework. When I do reduce dog training to its core, I come up with one concept: controlling outcomes. If you can manage that for a long …

22
May

Dog Chewing and the Collateral Effect

Today, I’d like to talk about an experience I had with a client from six or seven years ago. This incident was brought to my memory today because it displays a very important concept. This client was a husband a wife with no kids, and their dog was a big-time chewer. And he chewed expensive …

21
Apr

Good Dog: How To Set Specific Expectations

In today’s post, I’d like to talk about our expectations for our dogs. We train a lot of service dogs, but this advice applies to any dog. Many people say that they want their dog to watch over them or their kids. When I ask them what this specifically means, they say that they want …

20
Apr

How To Think About Dog Aggression

In this short post, I’d like to talk specifically to people who treat their dogs as if they’re kids. Now, I love both my dogs and my kids. Sometimes even I feel that I love my dogs as much as my kids. But even if you do, there has to be a distinction drawn between …

19
Apr

How To Understand Dog Communication

Today I’d like to share my story about a bad haircut and how it relates to your dog training. (It does, I promise!) https://youtu.be/1ZFlQWKFOjk Right now I’m in Savannah, Georgia for my bother’s wedding. I never bring a razor with me when I travel, so I really needed to shave and my hair was getting …

17
Apr

Why Not To Compare Dogs

It’s gorgeous here in Utah—75 degrees, clear sky, no wind—and easily the nicest day we’ve had all year. Up in the Northeast, though, they have a huge storm coming in. Some places are getting upwards of three feet of snow. This winter, we had several big storms. While we were being pummeled by those, I …

13
Apr

How To Deal With An Aggressive Dog

I opened up my email today and saw a question from a person looking for advice. “My dog is six months old and he’s starting to get aggressive. Do you think he’ll grow out of it?” My very frank response was “No, he’ll probably grow into it.” My experience suggests that he’ll start to do …

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