I created All Dogs Are Smart blog and You Tube Channel to show how I train so-called “stubborn” or difficult, “less intelligent” and reactive dogs and do all kinds of activities, despite the belief that certain breeds are not as intelligent (as other breeds) and can’t be trained well or at all. I also discuss how to make it easier for yourself to actually DO the training, stay focused and positive when it seems like you are not making any progress with your dog (people training!).

I developed a combination of techniques and a way to train these so called “stubborn” breeds that works.

On This Blog You Can…

  • Find out how I train a so called “stubborn” dog in competitive dog sports
  • Follow along with us on our travels with the dogs – van, tent and camper camping!
  • Learn how I manage my “difficult” dogs on trips
  • Keep my reactive dog safe and happy at home and in public
  • Find out about training and dog health related activities that I use to keep my dogs as healthy as possible, especially the large breeds.
  • Learn about eco-friendly dog stuff (good for nature and the home environment) that you can do at home and in your own DIYs
  • How I am able to stay at home with my dogs, save money with DIYs and how we are able to do many activities even though my dogs are considered “stubborn” or “less intelligent breeds”, and reactive.

When I became involved with two different breeds of dogs, the Australian Shepherd and the Kuvasz, I knew there was a need to assist dog handlers in understanding their dogs, when the world was telling them the breed is “stubborn” or not intelligent. Both of my breeds were listed at # 42 on the dog breed intelligence list which floored me, because it is completely ridiculous.

group_2_origWhat I have learned over the years is that each dog breed has its own talents and abilities, but when presented with correction based training, certain breeds (and dogs) shut down. With video and in blog posts, you can see HOW dogs of certain breeds and mixes can be trained well and become “smarter” by training with a different method. Naturally, all dogs learn the same way, but some need their training slightly adjusted to bring out their potential.

In 2010, I decided to stop working away from home so I could be around my dogs more. I was a professional dog training instructor (manners, basic training) from 2003 – 2018, a trainer of other people’s dogs (board and train) from 2006 – 2015, a professional dog groomer (from May 2008 – August 2017).

I started my career as a dog training professional by providing basic dog training classes in my area for locals residents. I taught dog training professionally starting in 2003. In 2006 I added boarding to the business, and all breed dog grooming in 2007.

During this time I also fostered many dogs privately and for a local rescue, trained dogs for people, did behaviour consultations for many clients and taught rally, basic manners, agility, tracking, tricks, and canine disc to many many people. In 2016, I closed the grooming and boarding parts of the business and in 2018 I ended my in-person training instruction career to focus on online training. I decided I wanted to focus on learning how to train my own dogs better, since I was not doing much of that.

I am constantly educating myself on dogs even though I no longer teach in person classes. I am now focusing on online learning and training my own dogs so I can  communicate information better to the public through writing and videos.

See my credentials HERE.




Even though I have been a professional dog trainer and dog training instructor, the information that is found on this blog is not a substitute for a training plan put together by a professional that you hire to help you with your dog’s behaviour. All dogs and humans are different. Training for each dog should be approached from that point of view. The information on this blog is for my dogs specifically and is intended to show how things can be done and that they actually CAN be done by training with the Clicker and Force Free training.


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  1. Thx for Following our blog. I hope you will get as much pleasure out of reading our posts, as Ray and I have in writing them (well I do the writing….. Ray gives me the ideas!).

    So pleased to see your support of both clicker, and positive, training. From our perspective, you can make a dog cooperate because he wants to……….. or because he is scared not to. Who would not want voluntary cooperation? I also read somewhere (in the context that a dogs development replicates a 3-4 yr old child) “If you wouldn’t do it to a child, should you be doing it to a dog?” Great training guideline! Thx again. Colin (and Ray).


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