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Leash Reactivity Happens Everywhere – But with a Cultural Twist

The very last day of July this year, my two dogs and I landed in Finland. The dogs, of course, had no idea that their Mom had moved them across …

My Biomedical Scent Detection Project

For the past year and a half I have been doing a project at a hospital in Toronto (a collaborative project with researchers at Dalhousie University in Halifax) which has been …

Fast Moving Objects Are Back – HELP! My Dog Is Going Crazy!

This article was also published in Speaking of Dogs June 2014 Newsletter: We had long winter months where most people preferred to stay indoors, the parks were empty, and you could …

I Want My Dog to Just “Get Along” with Everyone

This article was also published in Speaking of Dogs December 2014 Newsletter: When we send out questionnaires to clients who sign up for behaviour modification training because their dog is …

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 …

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 …

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 …