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Where we discuss all things dog training!

Treats...Why and How to Use Them

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​In talking about dog training, a common question that will come up is whether you should use treats or not. In my professional opinion, you should absolutely use treats when you are training your dog. However, you must do so mindfully if you want to be successful.

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Dear Vinny, The Off-Leash Chihuahua...

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​I'm sorry that your person didn't think it was necessary to have you on-leash today. That meant you were able to dart across the vet's parking lot to go after my nearly 75lb Doberman. I was trying to figure out what all the yelling was about and only had a few nanoseconds to process your small snarling body making a beeline for my dog. I barely had an opportunity to step in front of my boy and growl "HEY!" at you before you flattened on the ground as your very large person ran up and yelled at you. He swooped you up, chastised you for going after a dog that was so much larger than you are and apologized to me before walking off. Truly Vinny, I'm sorry.

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Learning (and Instructing) is HARD!

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For people that don't know me, almost every weekend is dedicated to something "doggy."  If I'm not hosting a trial or seminar, I'm at a trial or seminar and if I'm not doing either I teach a lot of classes on the weekends.  A few weekends ago I didn't have anything scheduled other than classes, so my husband and I went on a shor...
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Why I Don't Offer Virtual Behavior Modification Training

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​My bread and butter for a good portion of my professional dog training career was working with fearful, reactive and aggressive dogs. This included offering reactive dog and Control Unleashed group training classes, private lessons and working with behavior unit dogs at shelters. So, why aren't I offering those same services through my online dog training businesses? Simply put: it's not safe.

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Professional Trainers: Tread Carefully

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​Being a professional dog trainer and instructor is a gift, a privilege and a position that should not be taken lightly. Anyone and everyone who calls themselves a "professional dog trainer" or "instructor" needs to understand the responsibility that is upon their shoulders. Your words and actions carry incredible weight and significance to any dog owner, handler and fellow trainer who comes into contact with them. Tread carefully.

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The Art of Petting

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​You see a puppy or a dog. The very first thing you want to do is reach out and pet said puppy or dog. They are fluffy, they are cute, they are adorable, they are squishable...YOU MUST PET THEM! Before you lunge in to get your pet on, here's a question for you: do you have any idea how to properly pet a dog?

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Why Your Dog Needs Training

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You may not want to admit it, but you are living with an alien. That furry, cuddly little creature at your feet mighty as well be from Mars. What is normal for a dog to do is NOT normal for a person to do. This is why dog training is so important.

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