Tag Archives: Dog training

Learning to Come When Called

I have a theory that teaching dogs to come when called isn’t about teaching them anything at all. I know this to be true with Rico and Roxy. I’ve never taught them the “come” cue, but they never…OK, Roxy has … Continue reading

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Managing Leash Reactivity

How do you react when confronted by an off-leash dog? Rico and Roxy dislike any off-leash dogs. Doesn’t matter how sweet the other person insists their dog is. R&R fully buy into stranger-danger. But a couple of recent encounters with … Continue reading

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Compulsion Training for the Weak

“Weak mind, weak fist; strong mind, no need for fist” –Shaolin saying Uh-oh, dog trainers who promote shock and pinch collars, use of punishment, theories of dominance, or any other kind of compulsion training method. I’m not suggesting you’re weak-minded. … Continue reading

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Verbal Corrections? Here’s The Key(ya)

I’ve heard heartbreaking stories lately of families with two dogs who seem closer than close when suddenly a horrible, bloody fight breaks out. I can count on one hand how many scuffles Rico and Roxy have been in, but none … Continue reading

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Beware of Being Pack Leader

I respect Cesar Millan tremendously for his dedication to healing the human-dog bond. I would, however, reconsider adopting the “pack leader” label he promotes. Labels fan the fire of our egos. Life can, and frequently does, douse that fire, destroying … Continue reading

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