Archive for Training – Page 2

Betty Gets a Guide Dog

Betty Edge recently acquired a guide dog. I had the privilege of meeting him on a typical hot Dallas day at Starbucks. His name is Nero and he’s a young and alert yellow Labrador Retriever.  He’s Betty’s right arm despite only having owned him for three months. Betty spent four weeks developing their relationship at

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Walking Your Dog on the Katy Trail

When walking with your dog on the Katy Trail, there are many things to consider from heat related issues to encounters with other dogs, walkers, runners and cyclists not to mention the squirrels that do everything they can to derail the hard work you’ve put in teaching your dog how to heel. I’m on the

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Control Your Anxiety to Control Your Dog’s

I was working with a client in class last week who was so hyper-sensitive to his dog’s issues that he was unable to help his dog.  His dog is typically aggressive with other dogs and the gentleman is attending class to help bring this issue under control.  During a recall exercise where I instruct student’s

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Working Relationship

I saw a client today whose adopted Australian Sheppard’s litter mate was shot dead before her eyes. This must have been a completely traumatic experience for this dog. I can’t imagine how she processed it in her little Aussie brain but it couldn’t have been a neutral experience. Flash forward one year. She has a

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Evil Prong Collars

I saw a post on Face book yesterday that riled me to the core. The picture was of a prong collar used for correcting a dog with the universal sign for bad/wrong/no next to it; the circle with a slash through the middle. There was a picture to the right of a dog with holes

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Kids and Dogs

I was at a client’s home recently working with their Shih Tzu who is growling and cowering under the chair whenever the children are near. The kids like to put the young dog in a stroller lifting it by its front legs, carry it around on its back like a baby and give it hugs

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Accepting Limitations for Aggressive Dogs

A client contacted me recently because his dog that I had trained two or three years ago has had a couple of incidents of aggression in the last couple of weeks. I read the email once and absorbed the emotion and urgency of the situation as concerns of litigation and euthanasia (forced or voluntary) were

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A Katy Trail Conversation

I was walking on the Katy Trail last week when I overheard a conversation. A woman told her friend that her son said to her “you need to do my laundry more often”. Apparently he was upset that a particular shirt he wanted to wear that day had not yet made it through the wash

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What’s Obedience Got To Do With It

Obedient: dutifully complying with the commands, orders or instructions of one in authority.  Frequently I’m called upon to help an owner change his dog from being human aggressive to human friendly. Most of these owners have already done their due diligence by exposing their dog to friendly humans as well as trying the use of

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New Year New Dog

I noticed a lot of puppies around Dallas just before and right after Christmas this year. I stopped a few of the people attached to these puppies to ask if I could pet them at which time I confirmed that I was petting their Christmas present. It’s my hope every year for these new puppies

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