FetchMasters Blog

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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The Joy of Training a Raw Dog

Posted on April 2nd, 2012 by FetchMasters

UPDATE:┬áLucky 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 […]

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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 […]

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Training Your Dog To Be More Enthusiastic

Posted on March 12th, 2012 by FetchMasters

Some dogs seem to have an endless supply of enthusiasm for particular activities. They may play fetch until your shoulder is out of joint or play tug until you have rope burns on your hands. Other dogs quickly get bored with the things you wish they would enjoy. Their lack of interest could indicate a […]

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On Raising and Training Dogs in Denver

Posted on February 28th, 2012 by FetchMasters

Raising and training dogs in Denver, Colorado, in 2012 is a far cry from what it was when I was a child in West Virginia in the late 60’s through the mid-80’s. For the most part, the changes have been for the better. Here are a few quick comparisons: Then: Dogs lived most of their […]

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