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DIY Scratch board for dog nail care

I know that a lot of you struggle with keeping yours dogs nails trimmed and I was right there with you, until I made this scratch board! Nail trims have always been a struggle with Waylon and his front nails hadn't been clipped in way too long. So I was so excited to make a scratch board and teach him to file his own nails! Scratch Board Materials PVC cut in half long ways, I used 6in PVC Grip...

Reactive Dogs 101: Trigger Stacking

Have you ever had a crummy day where everything seemed to go wrong? You get to your car and you have a flat tire, you spill coffee on your shirt before an important meeting at work, you drop your phone in the toilet, and by the time you get home you’re exhausted and frankly pissy and take it out on your family?  Dogs experience this too - it’s called trigger stacking. A single trigger...

Reactive Dogs 101

We’ve all been there - out in the world with our precious pups. Walking along, minding our own business, breathing the fresh air, and then out of nowhere, your dog goes wild: lunging, barking, whining, growling, pulling at the leash. And why? They’re reacting to something. Maybe it’s a stranger, another dog, a skateboarder, a cat, a weird looking tree. It might seem illogical to us, but...

DIY Dog Training Treats

Training treats are an essential part of changing your dog's behavior and if you've done any training with me you know how many you can go through! While there are loads of great treats you can buy, I also like to be able to control the ingredients, which is why I like to make my own training treats. The other amazing thing about DIY training treats is that you can work in nutrient dense...

Mindset in Training: Cue — NOT Command

If you've followed my work for any length of time — you'll know that I really prioritize your mentality when approaching training your dogs. Generally speaking I think if you have a positive attitude about training, and use reinforcements and rewards to shape behavior, you're on the right path. I don't always get bogged down by little details, but in this particular case, the details really...

Boone the Labradoodle Learns Door Manners

What a good boy! I'm really lucky that I get to work with amazing clients like Meghan and Alex, Boone the Labradoodle's parents. We've been working together for a few months on some key behaviors to help Boone be a happy, well behaved boy. A few weeks ago, I followed up with the family to see what else we can work on, and this time we brought a camera to capture some tips and tricks for you to...

I couldn’t save him.

"Save them all" has long been a slogan for rescue groups and while I absolutely respect so much of the rescue community and all the blood, sweat and tears they put into saving countless dogs. There comes a point in which "saving them all" puts people in dangerous and draining situations. I want to tell you about Hilo and how despite our best efforts surrounded by an insanely knowledgeable dog...

Train your dog to stay in 10 minutes a day!

Training a "stay" or "wait" for your dogs is a super useful skill for them to have. It comes in handy at home when you have guests coming over and don't want them to be tackled by your dog, or if you want to lounge on a coffee shop patio with your best friend in tow on a sunny Sunday morning. A wait helps keep your dog by your side. A huge component to successful training is breaking down the...

Your dog’s ideal day!

Have you ever wondered what your dog's ideal day would look like? Naps on the couch, a stroll through the woods? While every dog is different, there are few things that I believe all dogs would like to do on an ideal day. Using their brains If you are familiar with me and my work you have heard me preach on enrichment. What I mean by enrichment is using your dog's normal meal time and even...

DIY High Value Rewards

I can't stress it enough! Dogs do what works for them. High value rewards can be different for each individual dog, but it's worth finding out what your dog values most in training to get the behaviors you want. I focus on high value rewards because these are tools in your kit to work on more challenging, more important skills with your dog. People have asked me "Why won't my dog come when...
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