Simple, easy and delicious training treats are important. I usually make my own both because I want to be sure that the ingredients are high-quality and healthy for my dogs and the dogs I’m working with. Making treats myself is also significantly cheaper than buying commercial products.
To understand dogs’ body language and communication, we can begin with tails. Dogs use their tails to communicate from a distance . Tail position tells a lot about how he’s feeling and what his intentions are at the moment.
This is the beginning of a series about understanding dogs’ body language. I am using Creative Commons stock photos from different sources to illustrate ways dogs express their moods and intentions through body position and movement.
Walking nicely on a loose leash is not natural behaviour, but it’s one of the most important things you can teach your dog. When your dog is able to walk with you, you will want to take her many places. She’ll get more exercise, … Read more
Alas, I must abandon my desire to become a theremin player. As Canadians know, Sean Michaels won the Giller prize last night for his novel, Us Conductors, about Léon Theremin and Clara Rockmore. This morning, the CBC is playing theremin music anytime the Giller or the novel is mentioned. Fine. … Read more
Dog trainers are not magicians. We don’t have simple cures, elixirs or magic wands. We can help you with a problem and we can work with your dog to set the groundwork for building a reliable skill. But you live with … Read more
Trainers are often asked to help with stubborn dogs. An owner may describe their dog as obstinate, or willful, or defiant. They say the dog won’t pay attention because he’s too lazy to work. Convinced poor behaviour is a choice, the owner is frustrated and fed up with making … Read more