Building a Relationship With Your Dog

Excerpted from "The Evolution of Dog Training" by Shannon Coyner Use positive training techniques to create an unbreakable bond with your dog. When you are training your dog, it is important to remember that both of you are learning. Even if you have trained dogs before, each time you train a new dog, you are both learning. As a professional, I treat every dog and human as an individual, and just because one technique works for one, it may not work for another. It is important that you show patience to yourself and your dog. If you are in a bad or stressful mood, you may decide not to train your dog at that time. Be sure that if you are aware that you are experiencing anxiety or fears, your dog may notice and become warier. Use Force-Free, Positive Techniques When you begin to work with your dog on a regular basis, they will learn your mood and will become a true partner. Training using force-free, positive techniques can create a beautiful, unbreakable bond. Remember: There are no bad dogs or bad humans – just inappropriate behavior. Get help when needed. Look for the “yes” when training. [...]

By |2021-09-14T22:40:12-07:00August 18th, 2021|Blog of the Month|0 Comments

Embracing Mistakes

Anytime we are learning a new skill we are likely to make mistakes. Making a mistake is a very valuable part of the learning process. Unfortunately, society has taught us that making mistakes is a bad thing. It is not uncommon for a person to feel embarrassed, ashamed or stupid because they made a mistake. The idea that we will be perfect and never make a mistake is absurd. Often the fear of making a mistake will deter a person from trying new things. Now consider how we treat dogs when they make a mistake when they are learning? […]

By |2021-01-29T02:57:32-08:00September 20th, 2018|Blog of the Month|0 Comments

Fast is Slow – Slow is Fast

Recently I came across this phase “Fast is Slow and Slow is Fast” and I was not really sure what it meant until I found myself saying it to my agility students.  We were working on a new skill and one of my students was racing through the exercise and his dog kept making mistakes.  I had him slow down so they dog had time to think and the dog did the exercise perfectly.  Suddenly I understood “Fast is Slow and Slow is Fast”.  I realized that it was similar to “Slow and steady wins the race”.  When I explained my newly learned phrase to my class, we all laughed but soon it became a common theme when the dogs made a mistake. […]

By |2021-01-29T02:58:47-08:00August 23rd, 2018|Blog of the Month|0 Comments

Understanding Positive Reinforcement and Force Free Training

Many people think that positive reinforcement, force free training is all about bribing our dog’s to do things.  This is simply not true.  Unlike traditional, punishment based training, positive reinforcement training is science based.  Numerous studies have been done to show that learning is more effective when the learner is reinforced for desired behaviors. […]

By |2020-11-04T20:39:47-08:00October 5th, 2016|Blog of the Week|0 Comments

You Get What You Put Into It

Relationship experts Dr. John and Julie Gottman, as well as other well-known psychotherapists have spent years researching what creates happy marriages.  These researchers looked at many different aspects of relationships regarding age, personalities and a host of other factors.  However, at the end of the day, the most telling factors regarding the health of a relationship has more to do with the little day to day reactions between couples. […]

By |2020-11-04T20:40:55-08:00September 7th, 2016|Blog of the Week|0 Comments

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