Archive for the “Behavior Modification” Category

The Causes of Leash Reactivity

Posted on January 31st, 2018 by FetchMasters

Leash reactivity (sometimes referred to as leash aggression) is rampant in Denver, Colorado. In fact, it is so widespread that we developed a specialized leash reactivity program to help us train a larger number of dogs and people more effectively and efficiently. As is my custom, when I find myself having to explain the same […]

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Why I Give Free Dog Training Advice

Posted on November 14th, 2017 by FetchMasters

People sometimes call my company hoping to get some free dog training advice. It is interesting for me to observe how my own attitudes towards giving free advice has changed over time. When first starting my dog training career, I considered my dog training knowledge to be my stock in trade. After all, obtaining that […]

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The Importance of Your Mental Framework – For Dog Trainers and Owners

Posted on September 21st, 2017 by FetchMasters

I think most experienced dog trainers will comprehend the importance of approaching dog training with a correct mindset, even if some of the ways I define “mental framework” provide additional food for thought. But, more importantly, I think dog owers will benefit from grasping the importance of approaching their dog training with a well thought out mental construct. Being a dog […]

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Dog Training Should Solve Problems, Not Suppress Symptoms

Posted on September 12th, 2017 by FetchMasters

There is a dog training equivalent to that old saying: You can’t see the forest through the trees. The saying points to a state of mind in which people cannot see the “big picture” because they are focused on all the minutia. In dog training, it sometimes is tempting to focus on solving undesirable symptoms […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Dog Training Tips for the Impatient Owner

Posted on June 16th, 2012 by FetchMasters

Here is a list of dog training tips I catch myself repeating 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 […]

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