Category: Obedience Training

Fear and Fear Aggression in Dogs

Timidity, shyness, and outright fear is a common malady in dogs.  It’s not their fault; they either have poor genetics, have been abused, or have been improperly socialized (all human-caused problems). Dogs are commonly scared of men (they are seldom fearful of women), slippery floors, children, other dogs, crates, different ethnic groups, grabbing a collar,… Read more »

The Benefits of Successful Obedience Training for a Puppy

Obedience Training in Indiana

Successful dog training starts at the very beginning. Like children, puppies require rules and reinforcement to learn positive and negative behaviors. They need to understand their role in the family and learn the right ways to interact with people and other pups. Starting obedience training at a young age ensures a puppy grows up with… Read more »

Why “Sit” Matters in Dog Training

Teaching Your Dog to Be Obedient Starts with Sit

Many know of the traditional “sit” command, but not many know why it’s essential for successful dog training.This simple exercise serves as a stable foundation for all obedience training. Why is “sit” so important for dogs to learn? During the training process, dogs are able to make the connection between the “sit” command and being… Read more »

What’s in a Dog Breed? Science Offers an Answer

There are many breeds that a dog trainer may work with throughout his or her career, some similar in some ways, and others vastly different. The American Association for the Advancement of Science reports that a new “tree of breeds” that maps the origins of almost all dog breeds can show us the relation between two seemingly… Read more »

Dogs are NOT Robots!

Sometimes people need to be reminded that dogs are NOT robots.  They are living, moving, breathing, active and reactive beings.  Humans cannot merely “push a button” and expect the dog to “perform.”  There is much more involved in dog training. As a living, thinking individual, a dog must be motivated, encouraged, instructed, and conditioned to… Read more »

Clicker Training

A clicker can be a useful training tool, if used correctly.  At one point, the clicker was thought of as a fad or gimmick.  However, its usefulness and effectiveness have been proven.  But, contrary to what some trainers proclaim, clicker training isn’t for everyone or for every dog. The clicker is simply a device or… Read more »

Train and Treat a Dog on Halloween

Dog Bed Training

Halloween is a fun and exciting time of year. People dress up as their favorite spooky characters, towns are painted orange and black with festive decorations and kids go door to door getting candy. This all sounds like a great time – at least if you’re a human. For a dog, all of the Halloween… Read more »