The Ethics of Training Methods


A friend recently asked me to read this article and give some thoughts on it: The Relativity of Pressure. Well, I had a “thought” for about every other sentence I read so I figured I’d turn it into a blog post! Here are my thoughts on the ethics of dog training methods: How should we…

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How Calming Signals Opened My Eyes VERY Wide

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When I crossed over last year to positive training, one of the biggest “ah-ha!” moments I had was when I learned about calming signals. I wondered how I could have been so blind to them all along as they made perfect sense! See my first post “A Guide to Calming Signals.” I had been a…

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Puppy Show Dog Practice!

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As many of you found out recently, I added a big character to my little family. Clark is a Cardigan Welsh Corgi and ever since I got him in January, I’ve done my best to take him places and meet lots of people and dogs. One of the things many people forget about when they…

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Guest Post: Service Dog Training Transition

About a month ago I received an email from one of my readers that said I just wanted to thank you for this site. I am crossing over. I am blind and am on my third guide dog. I received my first two from a program. They were lovely dogs, but they taught using training…

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K9 Nose Work


Since I got Clark, my new Cardigan Welsh Corgi puppy, I have noticed the powers of nose work. So far, he is still searching for food. I have not transitioned him to any specific scents yet. The other day I had some packaging paper left over and I thought I’d let the dogs have some…

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Arousal Levels in Dogs

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After a recent seminar by Suzanne Clothier, I’ve really been reflecting on how arousal plays a role in behavior. I had not really thought about it before. I have seen lots of people use play as a reward for correct behavior. Suzanne has really made me question my choice in raising arousal levels. One of…

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How to Be a Pack Leader – The 21st Century Way!

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I once believed I needed to be a pack leader. I was a huge fan of a certain Dog Whisperer and I was skilled at making many dogs listen to me. These days, though, I have a slightly different perspective on being a good pack leader. How to Be a Pack Leader Being a good…

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Loose Leash Walking with a Ghost

I recently attended a weekend long seminar by Suzanne Clothier. She is so wise when it comes to understanding dogs and she is a strong believer in putting responsibility on the dog to work with you. This weekend I came to the realization that positive reinforcement training can become a crutch for some dogs. As…

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