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.

Noodle – Service Dog In Training

We typically have two dogs in training for Service Dog work during the same training period. I just posted a video of Ryder’s training. This is Noodle. She is a Labrador Retriever.

Ryder – Service Dog In Training

Lately, most of my posts have been about the birds and other wildlife around our farm. But, like most folks I also have a job to support my hobbies! This is Ryder, a German Shepherd Dog that came to us from his owner for… Continue Reading “Ryder – Service Dog In Training”

How Long Does It Take To Train A Dog?

“How many hours a day will you be training my dog?” It’s a common question from clients who request our Board & Train services.  After all, they are leaving their dog in someone else’s hands.  One can conjure up all sorts of questions about… Continue Reading “How Long Does It Take To Train A Dog?”

Because I Said So

On occasion – actually fairly often – I receive an email inquire from someone who is having a dog behavior issue. Today, I received this question, “We recently learned that Maggie resource guards her food around other dogs. We plan to get a new… Continue Reading “Because I Said So”

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… Continue Reading “Training a Dog To alert To a Sound”

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… Continue Reading “Service Dog In Training”

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… Continue Reading “Public Access Training”

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… Continue Reading “Buoyancy”

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,… Continue Reading “Crazy-Ass isn’t a personality trait”

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… Continue Reading “Higher Ranking”