December 15, 2016

Are Some Trainers Putting Too Much Pressure on Puppies to Learn Obedience Too Soon?

“I have spent the past few years puzzling over why dog training is no

longer working that well. Today there is much more management and

less reliability…”                                                —Dr. Ian Dunbar...

December 6, 2016

This blog post is actually written for all dog owners and trainers, everywhere.

I'd like to introduce you to a wonderful training technique. It can help shy dogs become confident, turn aggressive dogs into love-muffins, eliminate fear, decrease unwanted barking, make dogs happier and more playful, increase obedience, and can even help with housebreaking issues. In fact, it does all that and a lot more.

I must be joking, right? 

Nope. It's called "The Pushing E...

December 1, 2016

What's Best for Your Dog?

"I'm a Good Dog! Do I Have to Wear This Thing?"


There are 5 basic types of collars commonly used in dog training.

1) The flat, or buckle type collar,

2) The slip collar or choke collar,


3) The martingale (a “choke” collar designed for whippets and greyhounds),

4) The Cesar Millan collar,

5) The prong collar.

Of these 5 the least intrusive, the most comfortable, and the most humane are 1) the flat collar, 2) the prong collar, 3) th...

December 1, 2016

Three Simple Reasons Why Dogs Don’t Feel Guilt

I Didn't Mean to Do It!

“We Don’t Know If Dogs Feel Guilt, So Stop Saying They Don’t”

In a May 22, 2016 post at  Dr. Marc Bekoff writes, “According to Dr. Susan Hazel, a veterinary scientist at the University of Adelaide, ‘There have been a number of studies, and it’s pretty clear that dogs don’t feel or display guilt. It’s not the way their brains work.’”

Bekoff rightly disagrees. “There a...

December 1, 2016

In certain training circles it’s widely believed that learning theory is the only truly scientific and, therefore, the only correct approach for training dogs.

Is this true?

Not exactly.

To be fair, learning theory (also known as behavioral science or behavior analysis) is much more scientific than dominance theory, especially as it’s applied to dog training. There is plenty of scientific evidence showing that dogs and wolves form dominance hierarchies, but no...

December 1, 2016

Why Do Some Dogs Act Pushy?

Lack of Manners or Lack of Momentum?

Does your dog insistently push toys at you when he wants to play? Does he bark and whine to get your attention, paw at your legs or feet, exhibit begging behaviors or try to push between you and another dog or person who also wants your attention? Then you may have a pushy dog.

Before writing this piece I looked at several online blog articles on pushy dogs to see what the general consensus was a...

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