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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
A Shout Out to Alie – The Life of My Working Dog
Posted on February 17th, 2012 by FetchMasters
I just read an interesting article about the discovery of paleolithic dogs being buried with their (chewy) bones. Archeologists theorize the dogs may have been used for pulling heavy objects, such as mammoth carcasses. I can’t help but be amazed at how long dogs have lived and worked alongside us, taking on a variety of […]
In-Home Dog Training as a Conversation
Posted on February 10th, 2012 by FetchMasters
Years ago, a mentor told me the best way to learn is to teach. Teaching (both the preparation and the interaction) has a way of triggering creativity and pushing us towards insight. I occasionally experience the reality of this when I conduct in-home dog training sessions in Denver, Colorado. I frequently have little epiphanies, which […]