Interacting politely with adult dogs is an important life skill for puppies. Young puppies get away with a lot when they’re still with their mother and siblings. They learn about moving their bodies, playing with other puppies, and the kinds of behaviours that may help them have good relationships … 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
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
Good things happen when your dog gives the correct response during training. He gets to have something, such as a food treat, or to do something he wants, such as play a game, go outside, sniff, dig, or meet other dogs or humans.
In the early stages of learning a … Read more
The World Dog Trainers Motivation Transparency Challenge was started by Glasgow dog trainer John McGuigan who has invited dog trainers around the world to respond publicly to three questions that American trainer Jean Donaldson advises everyone to ask of prospective trainers. They are:
- What will happen when my dog