Dogs are predators; they have prey drive: the instinct—that is, the innate impulse—to locate, pursue and catch game or prey animals. A dog’s prey drive is a large part of what makes that dog be a dog, much as the lack of prey drive is what makes a cow be … Read more
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.
My new favourite … Read more
You need to be involved in training your dog!
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
I am unreservedly committed not to use force, pain, fear or intimidation in my work with dogs and human beings. My training methods are as free of invasive techniques as I know how to make them. I’m always learning about animal behaviour, psychology and learning theory. If I find a … Read more
When the dog doesn’t respond correctly or when she performs an undesired behaviour, there’s no reward. She doesn’t get to have or to do the good things she wants.
We can distract the dog so that she doesn’t have an opportunity to rehearse behaviour we don’t want. Cues like “leave … Read more