The Power of Checking Out: 4 Steps to Boost Your Dog’s Engagement

Picture this. You have your dog at a local park. There are people everywhere. And your dog… ….remains completely focused on you. Your dog is pushing you to go to work. He actually wants to train. It’s not a fairy tale. In fact, it’s something achievable with every dog, whether you have a pet who

Belgian Malinois remaining focused on handler Meagan Karnes

Tough Love: Are your squashing your dog’s work ethic?

“My dog doesn’t want to play with me!” “He simply isn’t food motivated!” “My dog’s favorite reward is playing with other dogs!” “I think my dog has ADD!” Just a few of the many exclamations I hear on a consistent basis from exasperated dog owners who can’t seem to get their dog to WANT to

An Exercise in Frustration – Is your Drive Work Really Helping?

“Drag him back,” the decoy coached. The dog barked wildly, threatening to take his handler to the ground as he pulled to reach his target. He wanted to bite. It’s all he could think about. And she struggled to get control. She did as instructed, pulling the massive dog back to the line, attaching his

Gravitational Pull: How Your Rewards May Be Hurting Your Focused Heel

“Fuss!” she commanded. The dog snapped his head up, staring at her with intensity and moving into the perfect heel position with her word. With one calculated move, she began to walk, her determination growing more apparent with every step she took. Gleefully, the dog followed, keeping time with her movements and waiting (impatiently) for

How Well do You Fail? The Single Concept That Can Transform Your Training

The dog pulled hard against the collar, straining as her owner fought to maintain her grip. A bike passed by and the dog shrieked with frustration, launching harder, trying desperately to take her frustration out on all of the wheels constantly zooming by. “Heel!” the owner called, stress and irritation seeping into her tone. But