Crate Training Games – Power Tip #3: Bait + Restrain

We've got a big crate training video-post coming up with a bunch of the ins and outs of choosing and using a crate. It's a beast though, so we're doing our training games in separate posts, like today's Simpawtico...

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Taking Treats Nicely – Power Tip #2: Teach your Dog with Good Targeting

Using food to train is pretty universal in working with animals. In addition to being used as a reward, food is also typically used in Lure-Reward Training. We'll be using a lot of it in the early stages of...

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Understanding Classical Conditioning

In dog training we use a lot of technical terms. I try to always use the least technical language as possible with my students because I know they don't know all of the things I do. Plus, it just...

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Supercharge food rewards – Power tip #1: use kibble to train

We are starting something new here: Power Tips. These are going to be short, fast, bite-sized little video posts that will come out between the longer, more involved ones. I'm still going to do those others, but with my...

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Dog Ignoring You? 4 Dog Name Strategies to Help!

Are you using your dog's name the best and smartest ways you can? In this post, I'm going to show you four things you need to think about when using your dog's name. MEMORIZING SOUNDS Dogs don't understand the concept of names...

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Best Leash for Dogs – 2017 Review + Accessories!

Looking for the best leash to fit your needs? In today's post+video we'll be updating our 2016 rundown for 2017. Don't forget to check out the product links at the end of the post! So before we begin, let me...

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Teach Your Dog to Listen – the Positive Training Trifecta!

Today I want to talk about one of my favorite subjects: what I call the Positive Training Trifecta. Basically these are three types of rewards you can use with your dog in your positive reinforcement training arsenal. Those are:...

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Using Marker Training – Using your Voice for Great Feedback!

I've said many times in my videos and blogs that your voice is your #1 training tool. Today we're going to go over the hows and whys of it so we can level up in your work with your...

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9 Tips for Living With a Dog – Foundations for Dog Owners

Many people in the education world are probably familiar with the work of Harry Wong, a nationally known educator and speaker. His book The First Days of School is a staple of educator workshops and seminars. I've had the...

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Breeders and Trainers Q&A – Interview with BreedingBusiness.com

Recently, I was contacted by BreedingBusiness.com about the relationship between breeders and trainers. They sent over some questions for a short interview Q: What opinion do trainers have about dog breeders? Our opinion of breeders—as it is with all of our...

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