Why Is Dog Training Important and It’s Worth

Dogs are not just pets; they are partners to share your life, a friend of the utmost loyalty, and just pure joy. This furry creature has long been known as man's best friend, remaining true to you the whole life. However, these lovely traits of a dog do not exclude the necessity of dog behavior modification training. While the love for your furry friend is unquestionable, the practical aspect of ensuring a well-behaved and disciplined dog often takes center stage. The training not only refines your pet’s behavior but also helps strengthen the bond. If you have a pet and...

How Much Does Dog Training Cost?

Domesticated some 23,000 years ago, the dog is the most popular pet on this planet. Bringing a faithful friend into your life can be an incredibly fruitful experience, but it also comes with its fair share of challenges. One of the most common challenges is ensuring that your furry companion is well-behaved, obedient, and able to coexist peacefully with your family and other pets. This is where types of dog training come into play, modifying the pet’s behavior and fostering love between you both. However, before embarking on this transformational journey, you must have a comprehensive understanding of the expenses...

How to Teach Your Dog to Shake? Dog Training Guide

It is hypothesized that some 23000 years ago, canines started cohibiting with Ancient North Eurasians for shared benefits. This domestication history is way more ancient than that of horses and ruminants. Since then, this furry and faithful friend of homo sapiens has been getting more refined and adaptable to the training and cues. In the US, dogs are the most favorable pets, getting well-trained through numerous teaching plans to coexist happily with their human friends. One aspect of this training is handshake practice. For instance, experts in many Michigan dog training centers help you teach your dog about handshakes. However,...

10 Types of Dog Training Methods

As per Forbes, dogs are among the most popular pets in the US, reaching the figure of 65.1 million households. As the demand for these beloved pets continues to rise, an increasing number of people are becoming eager to invest in the training and well-being of their canine companions. However, due to the high cost of dog training, they look for cost-effective alternatives like self-style training. Self-style training, although promising for a stronger pet bond, requires excellent study of the resources and comprehension of various types of dog teaching methods to get it perfectly. If you are also among those...

How do I find the right trainer for me and my dog?

Choosing a dog trainer can be one of the most important decisions that you make in your dog's life. The techniques that a trainer uses can make a lifelong impact on your dog. Therefore, it's very important to choose your teacher wisely! Below are some guidelines that I hope you will find helpful. Remember, learning should be fun for both you and your dog! Things to Consider Reward-Based Training:  There are numerous ways to train dogs. Each animal has their own way of learning and what motivates them. I prefer a choice/ reward, game-based teaching plan where the learner has...

I have a new Puppy! Now What???

By Robin Morgan CPDT-KA, Local Resident When you bring your new puppy home at 8-9 weeks old, there's much excitement and confusion for a newpuppy in a new home. They've never been separated from their mother and littermates and have no idea what's happened in their once small world.I'd like to share with you what a day in the life of one of my puppies would look like and why I do things this way.At night, my puppy sleeps in their crate next to my bed. They can see and hear me throughout the night. Allowing your pup to sleep...

Social Distancing for Puppies???

Yes! It's a thing! With the holidays behind us, I thought this would be a brilliant time to address new puppies coming into a home and how to properly socialize them. This pandemic has impacted not only us humans, but also dogs and new puppies being brought into a family. professional dog trainer, I have seen more than my fair share of unsocialized or poorly socialized pups.A puppy's primary imprint development starts at around 6-8 weeks of age and lasts until about 12-18 weeks of age.During that time, what happens in the puppy's life holds throughout their life.Good experiences are...

Gait Analysis

Gait Analysis Over the course of the summer, a huge focus for me has been teaching people about gait analysis.  This is something I always do one-on-one with clients but noticed a desire from the general public to know more.  I have been so impressed with the amount of people who have grasped the concept and put some of it to use with their own dogs. You are amazing and are influencing the discussions and methods around training equipment, gait analysis and dog sports. My fascination with structure and gait started years ago when I actively started competing in Agility. ...

3-D Dog Training

When I'm training my dogs, I keep three key elements in mind to create brilliance in the behaviors my dogs are learning. By strategically adding duration, distance, and distraction to our lessons, we build confidence that they can perform these behaviors with complete understanding anywhere I ask. The Three D's for Learning:Duration: The length of time the dog is expected to maintain the response.Distance: The distance the dog is away from you or the high value reward or distraction to perform the behavior.Distraction: The dog's distractions are what is distracting for the dog while performing what you're asking. Let's look at...

Learning to change Your Dog’s T.E.M.P.

Hopefully, you've kept up with my last two articles on Your Dog's T.E.M.P. and have been able to study your dog or someone else's dog, so you can see and hear what they're trying to say. Recognizing what a dog is communicating, can turn a bad situation around. Recognize any dog that's in "fear mode" is capable of fight or flight. Getting away will usually be their first choice. If that's not possible, "fight mode" may kick in and can escalate very quickly from a low growl to an all-out bite or fight. Remember to not punish your dog for...

What’s your Dog’s T.E.M.P.

As a Dog Trainer, I get asked a lot, "How do I get my dog to not jump on people?" If you've read my past two articles, you may have an idea of where I'm heading with this...Because I compete in Agility, I DO want my dogs to jump. AND... I've also taught them to jump on me... by invitation. For me, it has purpose, but this article is for those of you that don't want that behavior. You don't have to be a professional dog trainer to teach this. Knowing what you want your dog to DO, is all you...

Can You Do It In a Box?

We all remember Dr. Seuss and his fabulous books. Green Eggs & Ham is one that I refer to very frequently when it comes to dog training and with my students.Let's look at a simple behavior like "Sit." It's something most of us will teach our dogs to do. Likely, your dog will sit each and every time you are in the kitchen with a treat in your hand. But then.... You're on the front porch when a dog walks by and you ask your dog to sit. What's his choice? A massive amount of complexity has just been added...

Dogs in Do-Land

As a Dog Trainer, I get asked a lot, "How do I get my dog to not jump on people?" If you've read my past two articles, you may have an idea of where I'm heading with this...Because I compete in Agility, I DO want my dogs to jump. AND... I've also taught them to jump on me... by invitation. For me, it has purpose, but this article is for those of you that don't want that behavior. You don't have to be a professional dog trainer to teach this. Knowing what you want your dog to DO, is all you...

Dogs that “DO!”

Last month I wrote about ‘Dogs Don’t Understand Don’t’.  This month is about changing your mindset about Science Based, Reward/Choice training for your dog.   Is there a dog training frustration you would love to change?  Something that you think your dog will never “get”? Please consider what it would look like if you could change your mindset and turn any annoyance or frustration for you and your dog around.   I’ve been training dogs for many, many years now.  Not just my own but others too, as well as their humans.  Some have become fabulous trainers but…fabulous dog training...

Dogs Don’t Understand “Don’t”

Dogs don’t understand “Don’t” because don’t is a human concept. A more successful approach, one that is not conceptual but absolute, would be from a place of “DO”! DO, is teaching our dogs what it is that we want them to DO, instead of focusing on what we “don’t”. Rather than putting energy into coming up with strategies to stop our dogs from doing an undesired behavior, let’s teach our dogs in layers of learning to build a solid foundation of reinforcement for behaviors that we DO want to see. In doing so, we help our dogs to find joy...

Puppy Growth-Bones and Joints

Throughout my years with dogs and dog training, I see so many people with new puppies that just don’t know what’s okay and what’s not okay to do for their puppies’ exercise. Many think it’s cute to see a puppy get the “zoomies” and run around jumping from thing to thing. It may be cute but it’s not at all good for their bone and joint growth. I want to share some knowledge with all of you that have new puppies or those that are planning to get a pup in the future. As Bob Baily, a top National and...

The ABC’s of Dog Training

I get asked a lot about dog training and I usually explain the ABC's of dog behavior. I thought I'd share this with all of you. We, as humans, often don't consider how the dog's brain works in simple terms. My hope is that this will help clarify how your dog thinks in terms of getting reinforced. Good or bad. I'm going to "geek out" a bit here, but stick with me! Antecedent: What happens immediately before (it could be a trigger, a cue, a distraction like a deer or bunny). Behavior: What the dog does or his behavior (that...

The ABC’s of Dog Training

I get asked a lot about dog training and I usually explain the ABC's of dog behavior. I thought I'd share this with all of you. We, as humans, often don't consider how the dog's brain works in simple terms. My hope is that this will help clarify how your dog thinks in terms of getting reinforced. Good or bad. I'm going to "geek out" a bit here, but stick with me! Antecedent: What happens immediately before (it could be a trigger, a cue, a distraction like a deer or bunny). Behavior: What the dog does or his behavior (that...

Puppy Growth-Bones and Joints

Throughout my years with dogs and dog training, I see so many people with new puppies that just don’t know what’s okay and what’s not okay to do for their puppies’ exercise. Many think it’s cute to see a puppy get the “zoomies” and run around jumping from thing to thing. It may be cute but it’s not at all good for their bone and joint growth. I want to share some knowledge with all of you that have new puppies or those that are planning to get a pup in the future. As Bob Baily, a top National and...

Dogs Don’t Understand “Don’t”

Dogs don’t understand “Don’t” because don’t is a human concept. A more successful approach, one that is not conceptual but absolute, would be from a place of “DO”! DO, is teaching our dogs what it is that we want them to DO, instead of focusing on what we “don’t”. Rather than putting energy into coming up with strategies to stop our dogs from doing an undesired behavior, let’s teach our dogs in layers of learning to build a solid foundation of reinforcement for behaviors that we DO want to see. In doing so, we help our dogs to find joy...

Dogs that “DO!”

Last month I wrote about ‘Dogs Don’t Understand Don’t’.  This month is about changing your mindset about Science Based, Reward/Choice training for your dog.   Is there a dog training frustration you would love to change?  Something that you think your dog will never “get”? Please consider what it would look like if you could change your mindset and turn any annoyance or frustration for you and your dog around.   I’ve been training dogs for many, many years now.  Not just my own but others too, as well as their humans.  Some have become fabulous trainers but…fabulous dog training...

Dogs in Do-Land

As a Dog Trainer, I get asked a lot, "How do I get my dog to not jump on people?" If you've read my past two articles, you may have an idea of where I'm heading with this...Because I compete in Agility, I DO want my dogs to jump. AND... I've also taught them to jump on me... by invitation. For me, it has purpose, but this article is for those of you that don't want that behavior. You don't have to be a professional dog trainer to teach this. Knowing what you want your dog to DO, is all you...

Can You Do It In a Box?

We all remember Dr. Seuss and his fabulous books. Green Eggs & Ham is one that I refer to very frequently when it comes to dog training and with my students.Let's look at a simple behavior like "Sit." It's something most of us will teach our dogs to do. Likely, your dog will sit each and every time you are in the kitchen with a treat in your hand. But then.... You're on the front porch when a dog walks by and you ask your dog to sit. What's his choice? A massive amount of complexity has just been added...

What’s your Dog’s T.E.M.P.

As a Dog Trainer, I get asked a lot, "How do I get my dog to not jump on people?" If you've read my past two articles, you may have an idea of where I'm heading with this...Because I compete in Agility, I DO want my dogs to jump. AND... I've also taught them to jump on me... by invitation. For me, it has purpose, but this article is for those of you that don't want that behavior. You don't have to be a professional dog trainer to teach this. Knowing what you want your dog to DO, is all you...

Why Is Dog Training Important and It’s Worth

Dogs are not just pets; they are partners to share your life, a friend of the utmost loyalty, and just pure joy. This furry creature has long been known as man's best friend, remaining true to you the whole life. However, these lovely traits of a dog do not exclude the necessity of dog behavior modification training. While the love for your furry friend is unquestionable, the practical aspect of ensuring a well-behaved and disciplined dog often takes center stage. The training not only refines your pet’s behavior but also helps strengthen the bond. If you have a pet and...

Learning to change Your Dog’s T.E.M.P.

Hopefully, you've kept up with my last two articles on Your Dog's T.E.M.P. and have been able to study your dog or someone else's dog, so you can see and hear what they're trying to say. Recognizing what a dog is communicating, can turn a bad situation around. Recognize any dog that's in "fear mode" is capable of fight or flight. Getting away will usually be their first choice. If that's not possible, "fight mode" may kick in and can escalate very quickly from a low growl to an all-out bite or fight. Remember to not punish your dog for...

3-D Dog Training

When I'm training my dogs, I keep three key elements in mind to create brilliance in the behaviors my dogs are learning. By strategically adding duration, distance, and distraction to our lessons, we build confidence that they can perform these behaviors with complete understanding anywhere I ask. The Three D's for Learning:Duration: The length of time the dog is expected to maintain the response.Distance: The distance the dog is away from you or the high value reward or distraction to perform the behavior.Distraction: The dog's distractions are what is distracting for the dog while performing what you're asking. Let's look at...

Gait Analysis

Gait Analysis Over the course of the summer, a huge focus for me has been teaching people about gait analysis.  This is something I always do one-on-one with clients but noticed a desire from the general public to know more.  I have been so impressed with the amount of people who have grasped the concept and put some of it to use with their own dogs. You are amazing and are influencing the discussions and methods around training equipment, gait analysis and dog sports. My fascination with structure and gait started years ago when I actively started competing in Agility. ...

Social Distancing for Puppies???

Yes! It's a thing! With the holidays behind us, I thought this would be a brilliant time to address new puppies coming into a home and how to properly socialize them. This pandemic has impacted not only us humans, but also dogs and new puppies being brought into a family. professional dog trainer, I have seen more than my fair share of unsocialized or poorly socialized pups.A puppy's primary imprint development starts at around 6-8 weeks of age and lasts until about 12-18 weeks of age.During that time, what happens in the puppy's life holds throughout their life.Good experiences are...

I have a new Puppy! Now What???

By Robin Morgan CPDT-KA, Local Resident When you bring your new puppy home at 8-9 weeks old, there's much excitement and confusion for a newpuppy in a new home. They've never been separated from their mother and littermates and have no idea what's happened in their once small world.I'd like to share with you what a day in the life of one of my puppies would look like and why I do things this way.At night, my puppy sleeps in their crate next to my bed. They can see and hear me throughout the night. Allowing your pup to sleep...

How do I find the right trainer for me and my dog?

Choosing a dog trainer can be one of the most important decisions that you make in your dog's life. The techniques that a trainer uses can make a lifelong impact on your dog. Therefore, it's very important to choose your teacher wisely! Below are some guidelines that I hope you will find helpful. Remember, learning should be fun for both you and your dog! Things to Consider Reward-Based Training:  There are numerous ways to train dogs. Each animal has their own way of learning and what motivates them. I prefer a choice/ reward, game-based teaching plan where the learner has...