Author: Dog Trainer College

What is Balanced Dog Training?

There is a lot of rhetoric out there about balanced dog trainers.  For those who are willing to learn, let us try to help sort through the malaise. First, it may be best to briefly discuss a noisy minority faction within dog training.  These trainers swear that positive reinforcement, with no forms of correction, is… Read more »

A Balanced Approach to Dog Training

Here at Conifer Canine, we utilize a balanced approach to dog training.  Balanced dog training means that the trainer/s uses both reward and correction.  In dog training theory, we would say that the trainer uses both positive reinforcement and positive punishment. A balanced approach is not only the most effective in dealing with most dogs,… Read more »

Three Prerequisites to consider about Becoming a Dog Trainer.

Good dog trainers don’t just put treats in a bag, walk over to the dog and the dog miraculously does what the trainer desires.  It takes more than that. Here are a few thoughts (outside the box) to consider.  If you want to become a dog trainer, read on! Let’s look at three prerequisites to… Read more »

Heightened Proficiency among Police Dog teams

In light of today’s chaotic society – with unchecked riots, homicides, anti-police racket, defunding – one thing is becoming crystal clear.  The pressure is on for law enforcement to fine-tune their operational procedure and the training behind it.  No matter which side of the police argument you find yourself, all eyes are on law enforcement… Read more »

COVID-19 and Dogs

In the midst of the coronavirus hysteria, the question has been asked thousands of times…can my dog get COVID-19?  The quick answer is, at this present time there is no evidence that dogs can be infected with the virus.  Furthermore, at the time of this writing, there have been no cases of COVID-19 in dogs… Read more »

Good Dog Training is Liberty not Slavery

Max v Stephanitz is credited as being the “father” of the German Shepherd Dog.  In 1925, he wrote a book entitled, The German Shepherd Dog in Word and Picture.  There are many wonderful ideas advanced in this expensive book. In the section of the book about training dogs, he wrote, “A sound training does not… Read more »

The Human Side of Dog Training

When a dog is taken into the home as part of the family, it is only one half of that relationship.  The other half if the human side.  When a you take your four-legged friend to a dog trainer and he receives training, just one side of the partnership has been improved.  There is also… Read more »

Major Bloodlines of the German Shepherd Dog

There is probably more variety among the various bloodlines of the German Shepherd Dog than any other breed.  There are obvious differences in body structure and aesthetics.  But the largest difference is the temperament.  Some will disagree with the following statements and that’s ok.  The article is an attempt to give insight for those who… Read more »

K9s are an Integral Part of a Holistic Security Strategy

Security Dogs A professionally trained security dog can be a priceless addition to a security team.  With the canine’s scenting ability, formidable reputation as a defender, his agility, and his willingness to work with mankind, a security dog is a tremendous asset.  Today’s criminals are more prepared, more intelligent, and more malicious than in the… Read more »

Dog Trainers Teach Dogs (and Owners!)

Dog Trainer Courses Indiana

If you are thinking about becoming a dog trainer, or are currently enrolled in dog trainer courses, then you’re already halfway there—yes, we said halfway. Part of being a dog trainer is, of course, working with the dogs and understanding their behaviors. But the other part is working well with the dog owners. Keep in… Read more »