Horsing Around With Your Dog!

Horsing  Around With Your Dog! One of the topics on this week’s Dog Talk® was a lively conversation I had with Marc Bekoff, the dog expert and educator, who has written too many impressive animal-oriented books to list! Marc is a fun and modest gentleman — despite his PhD and many accomplishments — and he likes […]

Praise Not Punish: The Basic Winning Philosophy for Dog Training

PRAISE NOT PUNISH The Basic Winning Philosophy for Dog Training Accentuate the Positive Training a dog is pretty simple, once you grasp the basic concepts and are consistent in applying them. What scientists, trainers and teachers have discovered is that all creatures — including humans, dolphins or dogs — learn from positive reinforcement, not from […]

Do You Bribe—or Reward—Your Dog?

Do You Have to Bribe Your Dog? Or Do You Reward Her? There’s a general misunderstanding floating around about what “positive reinforcement” means in training, and the use of food rewards that often accompanies it.  There are some “old fashioned” trainers who dismiss reward-based learning concepts as being “bribery” and think a dog should do […]

New Ramps For Old Dogs

Mobility is everything to an older dog — if they can get up and down, even painfully, and then get outdoors, then they still have control over their body and their life. But if getting outdoors presents too much of a physical obstacle, then they don’t really have a life with dignity. I was beginning […]

5 Easy Tips For Successful Puppy House Training

5 Easy Tips For Successful Puppy House Training 1) Learn to Recognize When a Puppy Needs to Go If you take the time to notice the signals that can tell you what a puppy is thinking or wanting, it can save you time and trouble. If a puppy whines or cries at you, this is […]

Puppy Crate Training — Look On The Positive Side!

Six Ways to Create Positive Associations with the Crate. 1) Put a Halo Liv-a-Little treat into the middle of the crate and say “In your house” in a high cheery voice to train her to go in happily. 2) Give the puppy lots of praise for going in the crate. Never put the pup in […]

Puppy Crate Training — How Long Can She Hold It?

Puppy Crate Training — How Long Can She Hold It? The first thing to know about house training a puppy is that she does not physically have control over her muscles of elimination before she reaches four months of age. However, that is a general rule of thumb and puppies do vary in the development […]

Puppy Training Tips: 4 Ways To Know If A Puppy Needs To Go

Once your puppy is past a few months old and doesn’t need to be picked up and placed outdoors immediately after eating, you still need to be super alert to any signs that the puppy may need to go potty at times other than right after mealtimes. House training a puppy is a whole lot […]

Training Your Dog to Give A Damn!

Carol wrote into my Daily Tip on Dogster.com about her dog for whom obedience seems to be a loose concept! Is it possible that a dog knows what you want but just doesn’t want to do it, i.e. isn’t motivated enough? My German Shepherd mix will follow commands instantly when food is around (so I […]