Category: Training

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

Types of 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 »

4 Common Myths About Dog Training

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 »

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 »

How to Change a Dog’s Behavior

Tips for Training Your Dog

A dog can experience an array of emotions and several levels of energy throughout the day, which can sometimes get them into trouble. Here are a few ways that you can help your dog be on their best behavior! Reward the good Your dog needs positive reinforcement when they are on their best behavior because… Read more »

Importance of Exercise for Trained Dogs

Exercising Your Dog

If you have a dog that is being trained to become a police dog, a security dog, or another type of dog that will play an important role, you might think that you need to limit the amount of exercise it gets on a regular basis. After all, your dog is going to be spending… 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 »