Why your Dog needs Decompression

In my last blog post, I explored how regular enrichment helps to prevent or reduce common behavior problems in dogs. This month, let’s explore another method for helping dogs achieve a happy, relaxed state of being: decompression walks! What’s a decompression walk? Let me start by saying that I am not the first trainer to … Continue reading Why your Dog needs Decompression

My #1 Tip for Behavior Problem Prevention

If I told you that there was an ethical method that prevented many behavior problems in domesticated dogs…would you use it? The Animal in the Zoo I was introduced to this thought exercise in a podcast by Sarah Stremming. You can find her Cog Dog Radio podcast here. It’s one of my favorite things to … Continue reading My #1 Tip for Behavior Problem Prevention

But my dog isn’t like the ones in the dog training videos…

I was watching a dog training video yesterday. The dog being trained was a bright, determined German shepherd. Focused and driven, she performed “sits” and “downs” for the trainer again and again. If she made an error and did not receive her treat, she might give a bark of frustration, but then immediately persevered, offering … Continue reading But my dog isn’t like the ones in the dog training videos…

Yes, I’m a Cookie Pusher: The Power of Positive Association

A lot of dogs get excited when they see me coming. My arrival and approach often elicits wagging tails, wiggling bodies, and happy faces. Why? Am I some kind of magical dog psychic? Nope! It has to do with harnessing the power of positive association! A BRIEF CRASH COURSE IN HOW DOGS LEARN Dogs learn … Continue reading Yes, I’m a Cookie Pusher: The Power of Positive Association