Guest Post: Off-Leash Reliability from a Positive Gun Dog Trainer’s Perspective

Thomas and Alie

Foreword: Recently, I learned about a gun dog trainer in Colorado who trains dogs without shock collars. I could not wait to get a hold of him and have him write a post about off leash control. I hope that you enjoy his perspective and I hope to share more posts from him in the future!…

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One Year Anniversary of my Crossing Over!

Beautiful canvas print by Printcopia!

This month marks the one year anniversary of the beginning of my journey of crossing over. Wow! This past year has flown by and I’ve learned a LOT. I am so honored to have such a dedicated following and appreciate the feed back each and every one of you give me! I hope you have…

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When Do I Stop Using the Clicker?

When do I stop using the clicker?

Learning when to use the clicker is pretty straight forward. You click when the dog does it right and follow up with a treat or play. One question that is rarely address though is “when do I stop using the clicker?” Presumably, you don’t want to use the clicker forever. It is simply a tool…

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Using Treat Delivery to Your Advantage

See the treat in the container?

How you deliver the treat during training can make or break the lesson. I’m going to go as far as to say treat delivery is just as important as your timing with the clicker. Take a look at this video. Can you see how she delivers the treat where she wants the end behavior to…

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Halloween Costumes

Well, I hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween! I thought I’d take advantage of pets in costumes to promote practicing observation skills! Check out these pictures and in the comments, list what behaviors you see. Remember to be specific and not label anything. For example, behaviors are a lip lick, ears back, whale…

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Applied Behavior Analysis

Applied behavior analysis

I just finished a whole 8 week course on Applied Behavior Analysis. I was already familiar with ABA when class began but I learned a lot in these last 8 weeks. I want to share some of the key points that really hit home with me. What is Applied Behavior Analysis? “ABA is defined as…

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Crates are Great!

He hates his crate...

I recently spoke to someone over the phone about their potty training issues. She mentioned that another trainer had recommended getting a kennel for her 4 month old puppy to help with potty training and she didn’t want to do that. I explained to her that it was only temporary and that if it was…

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Guest Post: My Crossover Training Event

Shade and Jess

I am honored to publish a guest post by Shade Whitesel (Shade’s Dog Training), a nationally recognized Schutzhund trainer. She has been working in Schutzhund/IPO for 15 years.  Shade has achieved 100 points (a perfect score) in Schutzhund Tracking with two dogs. Her current competition dog is Reiki vom Aegis, who in his off time trains for French Ringsport…

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