Most of the time when we humans interact with our dogs we have the mindset that what we say goes. The dog must comply with our wishes even if it is something that the dog dislikes. This especially applies to things we HAVE to do to our dogs such as vet visits, nail clipping, grooming,… Read More Teaching Your Dog A “Consent” Behaviour
My dog McCoy lived to be 16 years and one month old. I got him as a four month old puppy from a reputable breeder. He was an Australian Shepherd. I believe that his long, healthy life was a result of several things and not of just of genetics as we always want to think.… Read More Lessons We Can Learn From An Old Dog
I recently read the words ”bribe yourself with a reward” in an article. I have often heard the word “bribe” used in a similar way when discussing training dogs. There is one problem with this: bribing is not in any way associated with rewarding, whether you are teaching yourself to be more productive or your… Read More You Can’t Bribe A Dog
Recently, I have been working on teaching JoJo to SIT. She is six months old and has not been taught to sit because of her former life as a potential show dog. Dogs who are being shown and will spend a lot of time doing so are often not taught this cue for ease of… Read More Teaching More Than One Dog Sport – Good Or Bad?
I have discussed this a bit in the past, but I want to re-visit the topic of making a behaviour work in places where the dog is distracted and getting rid of the food rewards. Distractions in daily life are everywhere, for us humans as well as our dogs. Just look at when we are… Read More Making A Behaviour Work For You AND Your Dog