1. D.T.R. (Determine the Relationship)

    The single hardest piece of dog training is not the mechanics of obedience, it’s developing the relationship and finding the courage to put our own emotional thoughts and needs aside to do what is best for our dogs. I totally understand why owners get stuck into thinking their dog thrives best with the kind of love that offers freedom, a pampered lifestyle, and tons of physical affection; I’ve…Read More

  2. Training Your Dog With Leadership

    Off-leash, calm, and in an open field?! Finn used to be a runner. How did we get here? Leadership. People always ask, “Well, what does that really mean? What does that look like?” It means being a calm, steadfast, consistent, confident and clear supporter for your dog in every area of his life. It means teaching him how to physically and mentally be still in any environment and to look to you …Read More

  3. Dogs and Babies!

    Is it me or is everyone pregnant and having babies right now?! Congrats to all the new and expecting parents out there! If you’re about to bring a new baby home and you have a dog, I’m sure you’ve thought, “Oh man, how is this going to go? How do I introduce my dog to the baby and my baby to the dog?” There are so many videos of kiddos climbing all over their dog’s face, pulling their …Read More

  4. Unsavory and Sweet

    What could possibly be unsavory about dog training?! It’s fun to spend time with our dogs, teach them new commands and reward them for doing well but what happens when they misbehave, bite someone, pull on the leash, or eat food off the table? With all the dog training methods out there, the one that gets the most mention is positive reinforcement… BUT (yes, but) methods based solely on reward…Read More

  5. Small Correction = Small Change….If Any

    If speeding tickets only cost one dollar, would you still speed? Probably. What about $50? Maybe. $100? $5,000? The impact of any consequence is subjective. I would never speed if there was a risk of paying $5,000 for a ticket, whereas I might not care as much about $50; but others might not even want to fork over a dollar. My point is that our dogs are the ones that determine what level of correc…Read More

  6. The Magic Recipe

    I often hear dog owners and trainers refer to certain dog training tools as “magic,” which I totally get! It's magical when you discover a tool that allows you to communicate with your dog in a quick and clear way, but don’t be deceived; the tool alone won’t create lasting change. This seemingly magical transformation unfairly gives all the power and responsibility to the tool and discredi…Read More

  7. Practice Creates Patterns

    I’m sure you’ve heard that if you practice anything for 14 days it becomes a habit. I can’t speak to 14 as the magic number BUT if you practice something long enough, it will eventually become a habit if you put in the work and take the time to make it happen. Introducing Practice to Dog Training The hardest part is getting started. Pushing through your normal routine or bad habits is a cha…Read More

  8. Lupa Look: Love the Dog You Have

    Many dog owners have dreams of their reactive and maybe not so friendly dog befriending and playing with other dogs at the local dog park. This is a great objective but if we’re not careful, our desires and agenda can get unfairly pushed onto a dog that likely has some underlying issues that need to be addressed through dog obedience training before we throw them into a potentially challenging s…Read More

  9. New Year, New Start.

    Resolutions are always a popular start to the New Year. Whether you want to drop those last 5 pounds, limit facebook or TV, etc., they often involve making a decision to NOT do something or subtract something from your life. But what about the option to DO something by adding a positive behavior to your routine or lifestyle? Don’t get me wrong, eliminating things that are preventing you from ach…Read More

  10. The Holiday Rush

    The Holidays have arrived! For some (mmm, let's be real… for most) the holidays are hectic! They involve running around buying gifts, setting up cumbersome decorations, planning and cooking large meals, traveling across the country, entertaining family and friends, and my personal favorite (not) holiday traffic! The Holidays are wonderful and full of joy but our normal routine gets a bit twiste…Read More