Dog Training Tips & Stories

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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Don’t Ruin the Dog

Dog training is the easy part, but training the human half is often more difficult.  We have dogs come in for many of the same reasons: leash pulling, jumping, won’t listen, nuisance barking, and reactivity are just some of the things keeping people from living in...

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Clicker Training Adams Way

Why are some dog trainers better than others, what makes a good dog trainer? Is it natural ability, experience or training methodology?   Has it more to do with tools than anything else? People call me now and again searching for help and they ask me about other...

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Dogs: It’s a Team Event!

As I was driving to work today, I thought about dogs and people, why we have dogs, and so on. My ideas for dog training articles come to me at different times of the day and if I don’t write them down immediately I forget them.  My wife, Julie, can tell you how...

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Job Burn Out? I Have The Answer.

Are you feeling burned out from your job?  I was at that point six years ago.  In 1989, I became a police officer and loved my job!  I liked the adrenaline rush of chasing bad guys. The most gratifying part of my job was arresting felons.  I enjoyed helping people,...

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The Secret Formula for Control

Hello K-9 Furiends!  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend. The Fourth of July fell on a Tuesday this year, so we decided to make it a long weekend. In doing so I was able to see not 1 but 2 fireworks shows!  Our weekend started at Kimball Lake in Newaygo....

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