Archive for the “Behavior Modification” Category

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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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 […]

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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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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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Modifying Canine Behavior and Peeling Onions

Posted on January 10th, 2012 by FetchMasters

Solving a dog’s behavior problems is like peeling an onion. First, you have to wipe away the tears. And second, you must peel the problem one layer at a time. Wiping Away the Tears Canine behavior problems can evoke despair (sometimes they are downright heart-rending), and I commonly hear clients report that their dogs do […]

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