Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Living Life in Fear of Pain

Can't stop thinking about this. Broke my heart to see it. So I decided to write a blog post hoping it will help someone. So maybe just one dog won't have to live their life in fear of pain

Yesterday I saw a puppy grad of mine walking with their owners. ON A PRONG COLLAR. First of all you all know I HATE them. So why would you walk your dog on a prong collar into my puppy class? Secondly, this dog is one of the smartest, most gentlest, sweetest dog ever. So why is she in a prong collar? And third, if you needed more training help with her, why didn't you come back to class, or call or email or text me?

I know what they will say. "It doesn't hurt her." I'm sorry to tell you that if it didn't hurt, there'd be no point. Your dog listens because they are afraid of the pain. Truly if that's the kind of relationship you want with your dog, so be it. A life lived in fear of pain.

Lots of countries ban them. Most of your top dog trainers around the world do not use them. Zoo animals of every species and size are trained without pain. You can too.

I'm for joy filled, positive, reward based, force free, fear free, relationship building, choice based, love filled training. How about you?

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Congrats are in order!

Wonderful dog team of Beth, Kathryn, Titan and Toben just finished a fantastic 24 classes with me! Their dedication, hard work and true love of their dogs shines brightly. Both dogs earned their AKC Canine Good Citizen Award and are on their way to becoming Therapy Dogs. Congrats on a job well done! Can't wait for this team to bring lots of happiness and joy to folks everywhere!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

4 Things Humans Do That Dogs Love

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Cancelling the Help for Reactive Dogs class today at 12pm.

It's going to be too hot today. Cancelling our Help for Reactive Dogs class today at 12pm. Stay cool and see you next week!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Take a breather!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Sunday morning blues

Allow me a rant for a moment. I just saw it again on Facebook. A dog is abandoned, abused, fearful. Lucky enough to get into a rescue or shelter. Or maybe even a home of his own. And what do folks want to do? Stick a shock collar on them! Seriously? There's so much science out there that supports and proves positive training is best that shock, pain and aversive training hurts and can ruin dogs. And yet people continue to use them.

Are you just lazy or have you bought into the crap that the shock collar trainers are feeding you. Oh it doesn't hurt them, oh it's just a tickle or a static shock. Don't do it. Just don't. Save your thousands of dollars they charge. Save your dog's emotional, physical and mental health. And go with positive.

And don't buy the hype that big dogs need a firm hand. Or certain breeds do. All dogs need and deserve to be trained without force or pain.

And I'm not just one voice for dogs crying out in the wilderness. Many of the top, best trainers all over the world train force free. Read the studies, listen to them, listen to me. And get those stupid shock collars off your dogs. Throw them away and do some real training. I'll show you how.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Cancelling tonight!

Pouring here at the park. Cancelling for tonight. See you Sat at the store or next week here!

How smart?

Great article on Resource Guarding