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

Are You Building Engagement or Missing the Mark?

It seems that the more dog training evolves, the more buzzwords start floating around the Internet. Trainers and textbooks coin new and sexy terms to explain their dog’s behavior, and handlers latch on to new concepts as dog training gets more and more progressive. After a particularly controversial article I wrote on the reliance of

Lead by Following: How Effective Trainers Tackle Roadblocks

I stepped onto the training field, the Malinois at my side pulsing with anticipation for the excitement that was to come. It was early on in my training career, and as the small group of trainers surrounded me, my hands began to shake, exposing my nerves and my inexperience. “What are you going to work