• Trigger Stacking

     February 13, 2024 ·

    Trigger Stacking and the Reactive Dog.

    If you have a dog who is fearful, reactive, or aggressive; or if you have a dog who is overly aroused and easily excited, understanding trigger stacking can help.

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  • Reactive and Fearful Dogs

     February 12, 2024 ·

    Compassion for the fearful dog and owner.

    A single traumatic event can lead to a lifetime of fear, and many reactive dogs have experienced trauma in their lives.

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  • New Beginnings

     April 10, 2023 ·

    3 Things to Teach a New Puppy

    Getting a new puppy? How exciting!  When I ask people what goals they have with their puppy, most respond with a list of obedience behaviours. I view puppy training as an opportunity to prevent future issues and to lay the foundation for our relationship. 

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  • Diggin' It

     December 28, 2022 ·

    What to do if your dog loves to dig

    Our new puppy Quincy LOVES to dig! Once she gets involved in an interesting hole, she could be at it for a long time – and she’s fast and very efficient when she gets going. She’s also very difficult to stop once she gets into a digging frenzy!

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  • Welcome Home!

     November 08, 2022 ·

    Bringing a new dog into your home

    It's important to put some thought into bringing a new dog into your life. These are some of my top tips for helping a dog get adjusted to their new life in your home and for setting your new dog up for success moving forward.

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  • Dog Parks

     October 20, 2022 ·

    Should you go?

    It’s nice to have a dog park in your city if you’re fortunate to have one, or more than one.  If you’re lucky, you may also have a variety of mountain trails to take your dogs to like I do in my town.

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  • On Guard!

     October 07, 2022 ·

    What is resource guarding?

    One of the more challenging behaviour issues for dog owners to modify is Resource Guarding. It’s also probably one of the most commonly misunderstood or misdiagnosed issues by dog owners.

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  • Shaping Up The Recall

     August 05, 2022 ·

    Teaching your dog to come

    Learning a really reliable Recall (come when called) is one of the most important things you dog can learn.  Getting that training to be successful most of the time and in most circumstances is a really big challenge for a lot of dog owners.  

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  • Stop!

     February 20, 2022 ·

    Using Positive Interrupters

    With all the dogs we’ve had and all the training and learning I’ve done over the years, there are certain cues that stick out as particularly valuable. Every class I teach – Puppy, Teens, Manners and Reactive Dogs – Stop! is always a cue I include in my curriculum. 

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  • Ruff Housing

     February 20, 2022 ·

    Dog-Dog Play

    Do you know what good play between dogs looks like?
    There’s nothing dog owners love more than watching their best buddy happily romping and playing with another dog. It just seems right and natural for dogs to have play buddies and to have many opportunities to play.

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