Kids and Dogs – Part 2

Kids and Dogs – Part 2

Last week I told you all about the very best dog breed (statistically) with kids. If you missed it, check it out here. Today I want to talk about how to manage interactions between kids and dogs so that both species enjoy the encounters. The big thing you have to...
Kids and Dogs – Part 1

Kids and Dogs – Part 1

It happens to me at least once every few weeks and it’s always the same. I’ll be doing a session with a family and they’ll ask the question that’s on every Mom’s and Dad’s mind: what’s the best kind of dog to get for children?...
How to Get Kicked Out of My Class

How to Get Kicked Out of My Class

Every single time I begin a new group obedience class I have to kick at least one person right out the door. I always do this the very second they enter the building and before they have a chance to utter a single word to me. Harsh, I know but it must be done. I...
Context is Everything

Context is Everything

I just heard something that needs to be addressed. I got a call from someone that was having some issues about their black lab. I was doing my usual routine of asking lots and lots of questions to discover what the real problems were and what the dog’s possible...
Why My Dog Doesn’t Know Basic Obedience

Why My Dog Doesn’t Know Basic Obedience

About a month or two ago something happened that really made me question my career. I can’t remember exactly what I was doing but for some reason I asked my dog Hayley, who’s been with me for ten years now, to go “down.” Immediately upon hearing the...
Newsflash: Your Dog is NOT Trying to Dominate You

Newsflash: Your Dog is NOT Trying to Dominate You

There is one word that is thrown around the world of the domestic dog way too much, with way too little understanding. The word, my friends, is dominance. Never in the history of the English language has one word been so widely misused and wrongly attributed than the...

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