maggie snow on chin 11-2014

Do Dogs Distinguish Between “Training” and “Work”?

This is a throwback article, one that I originally wrote in August of 2008. I thought of it today because I've been going back and reading what I wrote about Willie when he was Maggie's age. It's been invaluable--so many things I forgot about Willie's early years that I wouldn't have remembered if I hadn't written it down. A word to the wise: If you are serious about training, I do hope you keep some kind of record of your work with your dogs; I'm lucky that I have the blog. I also try to add to it by jotting notes about training sessions and a dog's progress, sometimes sketching out what I want to focus on during the next session. But, forgive me, I'm burying the lead. The question this Read More


DVDs on Sale!

If you are a regular reader you know that I avoid marketing on this blog, but readers have asked me to alert them when there is a sale--all the world not being on Facebook all the time. So here you go: All of our DVDs are on sale at 25% off today and tomorrow, Nov 19th and 20th. The scientist in me couldn't just leave it at that, so here are the five DVDs that are the most popular this year so far: Treating Dog-Dog Reactivity   A half-day seminar, including on-stage case studies, of dogs who are reactive to other dogs when on leash. Lassie Come!   This is a great video, in my humble opinion, to get dogs started coming when called. It was invaluable for my clients. It does not, Read More

Cats in Igloo Nov 2014

Making Leash Manners Fun for Your Dog

Maggie, all 35 exuberant pounds of her, has lousy leash manners. That is because 1) she is a dog and walking beside me, shoulder to shoulder, makes no sense to her. And 2) because I couldn't resist working her on sheep when we have training time together. Not to mention teaching her to come when called EVERY TIME and stop when told EVERY TIME, which is critical to dogs who live in the country and are off leash most of their lives. Leash manners are not critical, but that doesn't mean they are not important, because of course Maggie needs to be on leash when we go to town or the vet clinic. I've put leash manners in the "I'll deal with that when the weather turns," and given that it was 4 Read More