Why Should You Choose Positive Reinforcement Dog Training?
Posted on October 23rd, 2012 by FetchMasters
A new client recently asked me why he should pursue positive, reward-based training over a more punishment-based method. To be honest, I really appreciate questions like that. It is easy for positive reinforcement trainers to assume clients are already committed proponents of dog-friendly training. But they often call us simply because they saw our advertisement […]
Your Dog: Dumb, Defiant, or Stressed?
Posted on September 28th, 2012 by FetchMasters
Nobody promised me a rose garden, but sometimes I wish someone would have. Life has been stressful lately: teenager issues, running a business, multiple projects with tight deadlines, financial obligations — you know, the same junk you deal with. But when life is stressful, I put on a happy face, work hard and try not […]
Confessions of a Dog Trainer: When Your Dog Teaches You He Is Not a Robot
Posted on September 24th, 2012 by FetchMasters
Today, I took my dogs out for a romp in a nearby field so that they could burn off some steam. About five minutes into our expedition, I noticed my coonhound, Roscoe, had his nose to the ground behind some weeds. I called him, and he did not come. That is unusual for Roscoe, who […]
The Real Dog Training Secret
Posted on August 25th, 2012 by FetchMasters
There is a dog training program advertised online as “The Dog Training Secret.” It claims to be able to cure 19 of your dog’s behavior woes in just 6 days. Truth is, there are no secrets in dog training – although there are trainers akin to snake oil salesmen who would suggest otherwise. Based on […]
Dog Training Tips for the Impatient Owner
Posted on June 16th, 2012 by FetchMasters
Here is a list of phrases I catch myself saying often enough that I thought they were worth memorializing. Most of them are geared towards teaching dog owners to exercise patience when training their dogs. If you have any to add to the list, I would love to hear them. Your dog is not a […]
To Chase Cats, or Not To Chase Cats: THAT is the Question.
Posted on May 13th, 2012 by FetchMasters
This article is not about training your dog to stop chasing your cat (although that may be the topic of a future article). It is about whether you really want to train your dog not to chase your cat. Clients occasionally ask me how to train their dogs to not chase their cats. The question […]
The Joy of Training a Raw Dog
Posted on April 2nd, 2012 by FetchMasters
UPDATE: Lucky successfully completed his Level One Obedience Training and was promptly adopted by a very nice family with another black Labrador about Lucky’s size. They consider themselves (in their own words) “lucky to have Lucky.” A special thanks to the woman who relinquished him. It is sometimes too easy to pass judgement, but it takes […]
How Well Should I Train My Dog?
Posted on March 23rd, 2012 by FetchMasters
When a client asks me how far I think they should take their dog’s training, I find myself in a slightly awkward situation. On the one hand, I am a dog trainer and have some well thought out reasons for giving dogs as much training as they can handle. On the other hand, I am […]