Is rewarding your dog bribing her?

Several years ago, my dogs and I went on a drive over Guanella Pass in Colorado to enjoy some fresh air and beautiful fall scenery together. As we were making our way over the other side to Georgetown, two sheriff vehicles in front of us blocked the road, stopping us and all who were behindContinue reading “Is rewarding your dog bribing her?”

Four steps to a safer Fourth

It’s that time of year, folks! Even with this weekend’s Memorial Day festivities–it seems that many of us live in communities where we have neighbors who enjoy shooting off fireworks. I know in my neighborhood, my dogs and I have heard them throughout the year, regardless, because I guess some people just can’t get enough.Continue reading “Four steps to a safer Fourth”

Seven strategies for stopping off-leash dogs

Spring is just around the corner, and likely to increase your chances of an encounter with an off-leash dog. Whether it’s a dog that’s just been left to roam freely without supervision, or accompanied by a person who says “they’re friendly,” regardless of the scenario, not all dogs want to have other dogs approach them–especiallyContinue reading “Seven strategies for stopping off-leash dogs”

Tips for teaching a reliable come when called

Come when called, or recall, is an extremely important skill to teach all dogs. After all, if your dog gets away from you it can be extremely unsafe! You’ll want to practice with your dog a LOT inside your home, in your fenced-in yard, and by using other enclosed spaces as well as using aContinue reading “Tips for teaching a reliable come when called”

Teaching your dog to love his crate

Crate training is an important element in dog training. There are many reasons to crate train: to assist in house training young puppies and keep them safe when you’re unable to actively supervise, to give a dog a place to go that is safe and where no one will disturb him, to give your dogContinue reading “Teaching your dog to love his crate”

Loose leash walking in real life

Hi everyone! I recently shot a video of me walking Zoey in her neighborhood. It’s a crash course in how to do loose leash walking with a dog that is easily distracted. Keep in mind that, before this video was shot, Zoey and I did some practice with her name recognition and eye contact toContinue reading “Loose leash walking in real life”

Getting your dog’s attention

One of the most important foundational skills you can teach your dog is to respond to her name. I always start this process by saying the dog’s name in a way that will motivate her to turn her head to me. (Most times this is best done by saying her name in an appealing, moreContinue reading “Getting your dog’s attention”

Help! My puppy bites her leash

Lots of people have been adding new puppies to their homes in this time of COVID-19, and the excitable mouthiness and jumpiness are always of concern for them! It’s perfectly normal for puppies to be crazy at times but to cope with it can be challenging. One behavior that is common and challenging for newContinue reading “Help! My puppy bites her leash”

Clicker training mechanics

Recently I shot a video with the help of my terrific niece, Charisma, on how clicker training works. Using a clicker is an effective way to communicate with your dog what you want him or her to do. By using it or a verbal marker like YES to indicate the behavior you want, and alwaysContinue reading “Clicker training mechanics”