Category: All things dog

As a professional dog trainer for over 30 years, I offer advice, experience and know-how on dogs – their management, training, and care. Here, I will also share information about Service Dogs.

Training a Dog To alert To a Sound

I’m compiling videos we have taken over the past several weeks to prepare for a Handler Instruction class this weekend. The dogs’ owners are coming to partner with their newly trained Service Dogs. This video is showing Mordecai alerting to a sound by jumping…

Service Dog In Training

This is Mordecai, a little poodle mix that is here for training. During a trip to a large and busy home improvement center, he got spooked by the noise of a flat cart that contained some heavy items. We found our own flat cart…

Public Access Training

The Service Dog Public Access Test At the conclusion of a dog’s training, the handler and dog may be evaluated using a Public Access Test. There are a number of elements which will test the dog and handler’s ability to negotiate public places, including…

Buoyancy

Ten days ago I thought my Border collie, Truman would be gone before his 12th birthday which was just a few days later.  On Thursday, he was acting normal – well, it was normal for an older guy with a few health issues.  On…

Crazy-Ass isn’t a personality trait

For years, as a professional dog trainer, I have found it curious that clients seem to hold back describing the depth of their dog’s behavioral issues.  It is as if they don’t want to say something bad about their cherished family member.  And yet,…

Higher Ranking

I speak in analogies and metaphors, especially when working with my clients.  They are people who have dogs and have solicited our advice and assistance training them. If we are going to ask dogs, a wholly unique species, to cohabitate with us and expect…

My happiness – dogs all about.

My cell phone died, so I had to get a new one. Here, I’m checking out the camera on my new phone using some of my favorite models. I do most of my photography with an SLR digital camera, but sometimes the only thing…

Say Cheese!

Robert and I are accustomed to taking photos of dogs. I create a custom ID for each dog that comes for Service Dog training. It’s a standard “head-shot” and usually takes just a couple of minutes to get a good shot. Sometimes, we need…

What breed of dog wants you?

I recently did a search for “what is the right breed of dog for me?” Topping the list were a few dog food companies’ sites that offer a Breed Selector designed to help match an individual with the perfect pooch.  The first one I…

The Brown Towel Dilemma

When I was seventeen years old, I traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa as a foreign exchange student.  The first day I arrived, my host mother and sister greeted me with warmth and kindness.  We went directly to the shop that sold school uniforms, as…