Everyday training


To Tug or Not to Tug?

Also published in January 2016 Speaking of Dogs Newsletter. When you grab a toy, does your dog try to get it by nipping, jumping, and barking? Would your dog keep …

What Is Obedience in Dog Training?

This article was also published in August 2015 Speaking of Dogs Newsletter. We humans expect our dogs to be obedient, but do we actually know what this term means with …

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 …

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 …

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 …

When can I leave food away from training? My answer is never.

Or lets put it this way: why on earth would you want to? This is one of the most common questions I get asked as a dog trainer. One of …

Getting a puppy? Do your research.

I have been thinking of writing this blog for a while now. The topic has been prompted by my Life Skills students who have done such a wonderful job rescuing …

Time to get organized with tracking training

I have been training tracking with Forbes for almost a year now, we started off with tracking on hard surfaces using Steve White’s Hydration Intensified Tracking Technique (HITT). I tried …