Wait a minute, I’m a dog trainer – isn’t liking dogs a pre-requisite?
Sure it is. Just like most people, however, what I really like is a polite dog.
The 80 lb Labrador Retriever who is repeatedly jumping on me with enough force to move me across the room or knock me over – this I do not like. I do not get warm fuzzies about that dog. Add to the forceful jumping some snapping at my face, and I am even less thrilled about this dog. The bruises and claw marks are there for days to remind me of my encounter with this creature. Read More
I had some wonderful news this past weekend. I saw a client whose dog had previously bitten someone. I worked with the dog and the client for a month, and we certainly saw changes, but sometimes it is hard to measure the degree of success. Well, the man whom the dog had previously been very upset about (barking, lunging, lots of display) and bitten came to the house again. One of the clients was out back working with the dog, and then let the dog in. There was no barking, the man stood still, the dog approached and sniffed, and all was well! Here is what he said in a later email to the client: “By the way, I am very impressed with your dogs – Roscoe seems to have found a calmer, gentler, Zen side to him. I’m glad he and I are on good terms.” Read More
I spend most of my time these days either thinking, reading, asking or talking about dog training and behavior. I have moved from a place of “how can I get my/your dog to stop doing X behavior”, to “how can I get my/your dog to DO X behavior”. The result is much more gratifying! I get to teach dogs all sorts of things, like how to relax, how to go to their bed/lay down/drop the ball/speak/jump/sit when asked to, and they always get some sort of reward. Read More