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

I Chose Wrong – What to Look for When Hiring a Dog Trainer

Let’s face it, as dog training evolves, new dog trainers seem to be popping up daily. You’ve got the holistic compassion based trainers, the force-free movement, the edgy trainers who challenge the landscape and the progressives who are continually trying to evolve. You’ve got the behaviorists and balanced trainers, the sport trainers and the working