So you are interested in the dog training life?
Posted on June 6th, 2017 by FetchMasters
Whenever Linda and I go to dinner with friends, regardless of how hard we try to steer the topic away from our work, the conversation inevitably circles back around to dog training. For one thing, people see dog training as interesting and have romantic notions about it. But also, we love training dogs, so our […]
Dog Obedience Training Is Not “Tricks”
Posted on May 24th, 2017 by FetchMasters
I recently had a phone conversation with a potential client, who said her dog already knew “all those tricks like sit and down.” She went on to explain she just wanted her dog not to jump on guests when they entered the house or beg for food while the family was eating at the dining […]
A Critical Look at Forced Fetching
Posted on May 27th, 2013 by FetchMasters
After you read our article about why we do NOT think forced fetching is the best method, please watch our video on our FetchMasters Postitive Trained Retrieve! Is forced fetching the only way to guarantee a reliable retrieve to hand? Forced fetching has become a deeply entrenched method for training gun dogs to retrieve. Many […]
Book Review: British Training for American Retrievers
Posted on October 30th, 2012 by FetchMasters
British Training for American Retrievers is a good read, peppered with British Humor and filled with expert advice from highly credentialed British gun dog trainer, Vic Barlow. From the perspective of a positive gun dog trainer, of whom there are relatively few, Mr. Barlow takes a refreshingly anti-shock collar stance on training gun dogs. He […]
Why Does My Dog Chew, Jump, Bite, Bark and Whine?
Posted on October 26th, 2012 by FetchMasters
As is my custom, when I find myself teaching clients a particular lesson over and over, I immortalize the lesson in writing. So, here goes … Pretty much every dog I train has some sort of behavior “problem.” I enclose “problem” in quotation marks because that is what humans call it … but that’s rarely […]
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 […]
Some Thoughts on Dog Behavior: Is your dog dumb, defiant or stressed?
Posted on September 28th, 2012 by FetchMasters
As with humans, dog behavior can be heavily influenced by stress. And understanding how to identify your dog’s stress, as well as how to help your dog through it, is a critical skill for both dog trainers and dog owners. Nobody promised me a rose garden, but sometimes I wish they would have. Life as […]
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 […]