Category: Training

Physical versus Psychiatric Service Dog Training

Service Dogs can be trained to help mitigate many types of disabilities.  Some dogs are taught to perform a physical activity like pressing a button to open a door, providing mobility support or retrieving a fallen object.  In that sense, the physical service dog… Continue Reading “Physical versus Psychiatric Service Dog Training”

Yes, It Works

We got our start training Service Dogs not by hanging a shingle and proclaiming that we were Service Dog Trainers, rather by request.   We were professional dog trainers with many years of experience, but we had never trained a Service Dog when a local… Continue Reading “Yes, It Works”

“Chirp” – not a bird

Norma’s puppies that were born March 19th, have all gone to their new homes… except one. All the puppies received Springtime names like Blossom, Robin, Tadpole and Rain. Puppy Chirp remains unspoken for at this time. I am surprised I didn’t post this image… Continue Reading ““Chirp” – not a bird”

Service Dog Training – Harvey

Here are a couple of videos of Harvey, a Golden Retriever we are currently training. These clips were filmed during public access training in a large department store. The first one includes the dropping the leash exercise. The second clip shows negotiating difficult stairs… Continue Reading “Service Dog Training – Harvey”

Guarding Breeds as Service Dogs

On occasion I receive an inquiry from someone who is interested in one of the guarding breeds as her future Service Dog.  Guardian breeds, like the Great Pyrenees, Mastiff, Anatolian Shepherd or Kuvasz are quite different from most other breeds that are designed to… Continue Reading “Guarding Breeds as Service Dogs”

Attacking the Broom

A few times a month I receive an email that comes out of left field.  Here’s one that I received today: “I was wondering if I could interview and cite you for a research project I am doing.  My topic is “Why Do Dog’s… Continue Reading “Attacking the Broom”

“Basic Obedience”

Let’s have a little “come to Jesus” conversation about dog training.  What?  Does training a little dog require such a significant exchange?  Follow along and you will discover where I am coming from. I just visited a dog breeder/trainer website that offers dogs trained… Continue Reading ““Basic Obedience””

Therapy Dog Info

As a dog trainer and puppy raiser, I get asked about Therapy Dogs a few times a month.  I have decided to post the information on this Blog, which will hopefully answer most questions.  If you have addition inquires, feel free to contact me… Continue Reading “Therapy Dog Info”

Can We Hunt Buffalo Together?

Here is another unpublished chapter from the work in progress; “A Dog Trainer’s Guide to Human Happiness.” You may find the previous chapters interesting, as well: The Dog with Eighteen Elbows and To Write (about the US Military Veteran’s wife and training Service Dogs)… Continue Reading “Can We Hunt Buffalo Together?”

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.