Life as a Student at the Dog Trainer College

Let’s attempt to illustrate what a typical day looks like at Conifer Canine’s Dog Trainer College.  But, one of the advantages of attending the dog trainer school is that no two days are exactly alike. Once you decide to become a professional dog trainer, apply online here. We’ll get back with you ASAP with your… Read more »

German Shepherd Temperament

After earnestly working/breeding/training German Shepherds for at least 30 years, Max von Stephantitz wrote, “I cannot remember a single shepherd dog who was not in love with children.” That is a far cry from where the breed is in America today.  Unfortunately, many GSDs cannot be trusted around children.  The reasons for this are numerous… Read more »

The Best Dog Breeds That Are Commonly Used for Protection

If you are looking for the right dog to protect you, your family, or be used for protection, keep in mind that some dogs were naturally born as great guard dogs. More protective dogs have a stronger sense of loyalty and are usually very observant and well-behaved. If you’re looking for a security dog, typically,… Read more »

What Are The Main Differences Between an Emotional Support Dog and a Service Dog?

Dogs have a variety of different jobs in the workforce. Each job has its own responsibilities, and the terms and tasks are not considered interchangeable. With that said, many people often confuse the difference between an emotional support dog and a service dog. Although their titles may sound similar, these dogs have very different roles. … Read more »

4 Surprising Facts About Working K9’s That You Probably Didn’t Know

Working dogs are truly like no other. From service dogs to police K9’s, we should be grateful for the hard work that these dogs do each day. Let’s take a look at some of the most interesting facts about service dogs: A K9 Will Typically Go into Service Between 18-24 Months Most working dogs are… Read more »

Various Tasks of a Service Dog

Many people are unaware of the vast abilities of service dogs.  But, hey, don’t sweat it…we’re here to help! The purpose of a service dog is to aid a person with disabilities and to reduce the disabled’s dependence upon human intervention.  Service dogs provide the disabled with a greater capacity to live independent, “normal” lives… Read more »

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 »

The Differences in Dog Training

When it comes to dog training, there are plenty of different routes that you can choose. While some dogs will stick to learning the basic dog training etiquette, others may learn the skills needed to perform personal protection or security. Depending on your dog’s needs, there are many different types of training. Temperament and genetics… 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 »

Why Is Dog Training a Rewarding Career?

You spend a large chunk of your life working. So, you’ll want to find a job where you can wake up every morning excited to go to work. In the past year, there has been an increasing demand for dog trainer services. If you enjoy working with animals and living an active lifestyle, you should… Read more »