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 »

Can Any Dog Be a Service Dog?

Service dogs serve a unique role in society. The Americans with Disabilities Act defines a service dog as one specifically trained to perform tasks for a disabled individual who otherwise would have trouble completing those tasks. Service dogs work closely with individuals who may be deaf, diabetic, in need of psychiatric assistance, visual guides, seizure… Read more »

How to Take The Correct Steps to Socialize an Aggressive Dog

If your dog is on the aggressive side, you’re probably a little apprehensive about bringing him/her around other dogs. Even daily walks can be intimidating because if your dog misbehaves with another dog in passing, it could lead to serious consequences. Rather than fearing for your dogs and other dog’s safety, let’s first learn why… Read more »

4 Facts About Scent Detection Dogs

A dog’s sense of smell is like no other. Dogs are widely used for scent detection work around the globe because they are reliable, versatile and cost efficient. Scent detection dogs are used in a variety of different industries and dogs trained to detect explosives are now the largest group of working scent-detection dogs in… Read more »

4 Common Myths About Dog Training

The relationship that you have with your dog is truly like no other. One of the best ways to build a strong and trustworthy relationship is through training. When people think of dog training, they tend to think that it’s all about treats and commands, but there’s actually a lot more that goes into it. … 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 »