Category: Training

Dogs are NOT Robots!

Sometimes people need to be reminded that dogs are NOT robots.  Dogs 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 »

Five Scenarios for Scent Detection Dogs

A strong and developed sense of scent allows dogs to lead their handlers to the locations of different types of items. Regardless of location or distance, a canine handler needs to be able to work with their four-legged partner to find a difficult-to-find item or person. But what kind of situations should you prepare for… Read more »

Training Odor Detection with Dogs

It is that time of year again. The leaves are changing, the nights are longer, and the smell of fall is truly in the air. It is these scents that make life worth living. But having the ability to smell our surroundings isn’t only a benefit to us, it is a benefit to dogs as… Read more »

Competition Dogs versus Protection Dogs

A common question we hear is…what is the difference between a competition dog/trainer and a real-world protection dog/trainer?  We’ll try – in the short span of this brief article –to answer the highlights. First, competition work is very structured and predictable.  The decoy must make the same movements in order to be fair to all… Read more »

A Quick Guide to Separation Anxiety in Dogs

A common problem for many dog owners is separation anxiety.  This is when a dog whines or barks almost incessantly, or gets into mischief while the human/s are away.  This behavior sometimes doesn’t show itself until adolescence. It is easier to prevent this problem than to fix it but it can usually be fixed as… Read more »

Housetraining Headaches

One of the major concerns of pet people is house-training their dog/s.  Some dogs naturally make it an easier experience.  Some breeds are more prone to house-training problems than others.  Smaller dogs tend to be harder to house-train (as a general rule) than larger ones. Puppies who have been raised on puppy pads, newspapers, or… Read more »

Dog Trainers are not Miracle Workers

Dog trainers can accomplish some amazing things.  In a matter of just a few weeks an unruly dog can be transformed into a well-behaved animal that fits comfortably into the home.  Yes, some issues can take longer – much longer, sometimes.  But behavioral issues can be modified and more pleasing behaviors put into its place…. Read more »

When Does Protection Training Begin?

You want a protection dog, right?  So when should training begin:  8 weeks, 8 months or ???  It’s a common question. Simply, training should begin before the pup is even born.  Yes, I know, a trick answer.  But truly, if you want a solid protector, your dog’s parents should have the character traits you desire… Read more »

Choosing a Dog from the Shelter

This is another article in our series about “Choosing a Dog.”  This time we come from the angle of adopting a dog from a Shelter or Humane Society. There are many good dogs in Shelters that simply need a change to “stretch their wings” and become a part of a family.  Like with choosing a… Read more »