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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 …


Deck the Halls: Managing Your Dog During the Holidays

Today, I want to write a little about getting your dog ready for Christmas. In my house, we’ve got the Christmas tree, stockings hung by the chimney with care, and all sorts of other Christmas gear. My wife has a blog that a bunch of people read, and this year a company asked her if …


Stuff, Stuff, Stuff: Filling Our Dogs’ Lives

Before I begin this post, I’d like to offer the disclaimer that I sincerely hope to not offend anyone. What I’m about to write is simply an observation I’ve made in my work. Over the years I’ve found that the most experienced “dog people”—whose who train dogs, handle dogs, or simply spend a lot of …


A Comedy Of Errors: What Anti-Aversive Trainers Get Wrong

In this post, I’d like to tell you about the lie of positive reinforcement. That felt kind of silly and overdramatic to write, but it’s an important topic. Dog training, like any industry, gets very political. People have specific views and wish to teach those views or force them on others. one of these views …


Pavlov’s Bell: Changing Associations

I want to talk about Pavlov. Many people remember hearing about Pavlov in school, and some of you even studied him in depth. If you don’t know who he is, go do a quick Google search and find out some more about him, because he was a transformative figure in the study of behavioral theory. …


Pills for Pups: Medication and Behavior

Today I want to talk about drugs. Not in the Nancy Reagan, 1970s, “Just say no!” way, but in relation to dogs. It seems that every year, more and more dogs are getting on drugs to hopefully modify their behavior. These are drugs similar to the ones that humans take for depression and anxiety to …


Don’t Be A Dirtbag: How Habits Shape Behavior

This post’s topic is a bit unusual. I want to talk about how I used to be a big dirtbag. Okay, maybe I wasn’t that huge of a dirtbag, but it definitely used to be a part of my personality. (Some people that know me today might say that it still is, but we’ll forget …


Four-Letter-Word: Making the Most of Stress

Have you ever thought about how pressure and stress can benefit your dog? As humans, we tend to label “stress” a four-letter-word. But if you really think about it, there is no such thing as growth in the living world without it! The plant that springs out of the earth has to push forward through …


Five’s A Crowd: How Friends Influence Your Dog

Today I want to write a little about the sum of your friends. There’s a statement on this topic that I’ve heard many times over the years, almost always from motivational speakers and others of that variety. Now, I know that sometimes motivational speakers are just trying to sell a book or a course, so …

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