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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]