Dog Training Tips & Stories

Two Issues, Same Problem

I was at a local Chow Hound store for an Ask the Trainer event and ran into a client I had worked with a while ago. We had a long discussion, and she stated that she was thrilled with how well her dog was doing. I love hearing feedback from pet parents. The most...

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Do, or Do Not. There is no Try.

I love it when I hear or learn something from another part of my life and can apply it to dog training. At the gym, a trainer recently stated, “A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.” A quote by fellow trainer Jim Watkins...

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Guidelines for Housebreaking Your Dog

Potty training a dog can be a stressful endeavor, but some guidance can make it easier. Pets are very often abandoned and turned in to West Michigan shelters due to housebreaking problems. Hopefully, this article will get you and your pup on the right track. If you...

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Teach Your Dog To Say Please

For those who frequent my blog, you probably know I am a balanced trainer who teaches sit, down come, place, follow and wait. Dogs need structure and need to be taught rules. You cannot let dogs be dogs; dogs cannot be the ones that make the rules. Most dogs are...

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Training Philosophies

Now and then, people will ask what my training philosophy is. It’s a very good question, and one you should ask any trainer prior to hiring them. There are basically two camps in the dog training world - All Positive, and Balanced. All Positive is just as it sounds;...

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Only You Can Help

After a recent group class, a gentleman approached me to ask a question about his one year old Bernese Mountain dog. The dog is one big, happy pup and usually comes to class with his wife, while my client himself rarely attends. He said, “I was outside playing with...

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