Category Archives: Critical Basic manners – Start here

This is where you want to start if you’re a new puppy or dog parent. To truly enjoy your dog, you want him to be able to greet guests appropriately, not run out the door into traffic and walking nicely on a leash. You’ll have to work to get these skills but they are where you should spend the bulk of your time when you’re getting started.

Dog to Child Greetings, Part 2

In last week’s blog post I introduced the idea of dog to child interactions – how to get the pair in the same space!  Now let’s look at what to do when the dog and child are interacting. Dogs generally … Continue reading

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Dog to Child Greetings Part 1

Years ago, I learned from Madeline Gabriel that children should be instructed to ask THE DOG for permission to visit.  How clever is that?  Yes, we all know about asking the dog’s owner, but what about the dog??!! I’m sure … Continue reading

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Riding in the Car

Today’s guest blog is written By Katie Brennan of “Boundless Canine” in Levittown, Pennsylvania.  Thank you Katie; so many people struggle taking their dogs in the car and I appreciate the time you took to pull this together! RIDING IN … Continue reading

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Cooperative Care (vet visits, nail trims and brushing, oh my!)

Today we have a guest blog; this one is from Andrew Nelson of The Clever Canine in Baltimore, MD.  Andrew, thank you so much for taking the time to write this up!  Andrew’s topic is near and dear to dog … Continue reading

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Minimalist Training: Incompatible Behaviors

Incompatible Behaviors: Incompatible behaviors are things that our dogs do that are incompatible with other behaviors; both cannot happen at the same time.  Here are some examples: Lying down is incompatible with jumping up – they cannot both be happening at … Continue reading

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Dog to Dog Greetings

This blog is really easy to write, because Suzanne Clothier has already nailed it.  Here’s her  step by step training article on how to introduce dogs to each other: Dog-Dog Interactions.   And while you’re on Suzanne’s blog, look around a … Continue reading

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Training Persistence and Problem Solving: Enter the house politely!

One of my dogs has a rather unfortunate habit.  Lyra comes into the house from the yard like a demented bat out of hell, with both of my other dogs after her in hot pursuit. The results are an impressive combination of … Continue reading

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Developing a “mat” (settle) Behavior

Teaching your dog to “go to mat” is one of the easiest ways to solve an enormous range of typical puppy behaviors, ranging from jumping up on guests, to excessive barking (dogs don’t like to bark when they lie down), … Continue reading

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Training “Calm?”

My perspective on helping dogs behave in a calm fashion may be different than how others address it because in my opinion, the emotion of “calm” is not something you teach operantly (dog is aware that they are learning) as … Continue reading

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Recall Training

If I could teach a dog only one thing, what would it be? To come when called.  Few things are quite as frustrating as a dog that is oblivious to your futile attempts to call him back to you or … Continue reading

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