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The biggest killer for a reactive dog is…unpredictability.

The foundation of training a reactive dog is management to keep the dog’s stress level down and to prevent them from practicing the unwanted behaviors. We talk about this constantly …

So your dog likes to chase things?

Here is a movie of Fenton, a Labrador who became a Youtube sensation after he decided to chase some deer at Richmond Park in UK. I’m sure most of us …

A Battle of Wills: To Leash or Not to Leash

 This article was also published in Speaking of Dogs February 2014 Newsletter: Most dogs quickly develop an emotional response to the leash being clipped on.  At home it is usually …

The Nose Knows!

This article was also published in Speaking of Dogs November 2013 Newsletter: I guess I’m not the average dog owner: I got a dog over 10 years ago because I …

The end justifies the means, or does it?

My dog Forbes and I are going to a tracking trial on Sunday. We had two attempts towards getting a Tracking Dog title last year, both failed. It would be …

Control Unleashed always keeps teaching me new stuff!

I have been re-reading Leslie McDevitt’s CONTROL UNLEASHED: The Puppy Program. And every time I do it, I find new things to digest. I manage to put a lot of …

How good is my dog at understanding the words I say?

Recently I visited a friend who has two energetic border collies and while we were sitting outside a friend of hers pulled in with her children. The kids got out …

Life happens when training a reactive dog

If you have ever worked with a reactive dog, you most likely have heard how important it is to work your dog under threshold and not when your dog is …

How often do I need to reward my dog?

My answer is OFTEN if you want good behaviours. No matter what kind or age your dog is, the way they learn is that behaviours that are reinforced become strong. …

8 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Train Your Dog Using a Spray Bottle

I wrote this blog for my friend and colleague KPA CTP Anna Jane Grossman at the TheDogs blog. Most dogs have some annoying habits. We humans want them to stop …