Category: Training

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

10 Most Common Mistakes Dog Owners Make – And How to Resolve Them!

When I decided to take a year to write my book SHAMARON – Dog Devoted, I realized that it would be impossible to completely unplug from prospective clients in search of a solution to their puppy problems. And so, I wrote this book first….