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The stories and struggles of your local dog trainer working a full time, entrepreneurial lifestyle.

Word of the Day – Capture

Capture: Marking and rewarding a naturally occurring behavior, such as sitting or lying down, as the dog is doing it. Once a behavior is captured, marked and rewarded, the dog learns…

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Twisted

Life never takes us on a straight path. Like the knotted and beveled shaped of dragonwood it curves and twists into an unexpected journey. I never thought I would end…

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Guilty

Dogs can be guilty of an action, but dogs do not feel guilt. Now your gut reaction is to explain a time when your dog showed a remorseful feeling. Many…

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Awkward

Learning new things can feel awkward, and that's a good thing. Feeling a bit uncoordinated means you're in the process of learning to keep track. This is what happens right…

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Word of the Day – Cue

Cue: Signal given to a dog to elicit a desired behavior. “Cue” and “command” are traditionally synonymous, but the word “command” is not commonly used in reward-based training, as it has…

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Oh, That Looks Good!

Okay so maybe not so much of a desirable treat for the humans. Your fluffy fido will no doubt go CRAZY for the smelly recipe below "Fish Fudge". Give it…

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Word of the Day – Appeasement gestures

Appeasement gestures: Signs dogs show when in a stressful environment. You should help the dog feel good by removing them from the environment causing these stress signals: licking lips, turning head/body…

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