Dog Training Stories & Tips

Police Dog Training For Pets

Adams K-9 was an idea I came up with while I was still a police canine trainer.  I was 1 of 4 canine teams within my department and was responsible for the dog selection.  In addition to selecting the dogs, I also trained all our dog teams.  The most important part of...

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Some People Are Just Lousy Dog Handlers

Here is a difficult topic to talk about.  When I was in police canine services, we would have certifications once a year and I certified hundreds of dog teams.   Some handlers were just poor handlers.  The dog had the right drive to work, but the handler was a lousy...

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How We Interact With Our Dogs Can Affect Behavior

Dog training has many variables beyond the basics of teaching sit, down, heel and come.   One key part of training is how we interact with our dogs. Cesar Millan (The Dog Whisperer) says to be calm and assertive. When I train dogs in obedience, I speak quietly and say...

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A Day In the Life of a Working Dog

  I thought you may like to know what life is like for a demo dog. A demo dog is the dog the trainer shows you during the consultation. My dog, Bracha, is a Bouvier des Flandres and is my demo dog. She lives at home with my family and she’s Daddy’s little girl....

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Raising a Puppy; AdamsWay

I recently got a call from a soon to be puppy owner wanting her 8-week-old puppy to go right into our board and train program. She wanted the puppy to be potty trained, taught rules and obedience trained like what she saw in our Play and Learn videos. This certainly...

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Check Your Emotions

We all love our dogs and want the best for them. We want them to be a happy part of the family. Sometimes, however, pet ownership can cause frustration and sadness when the dream pet needs to go through training.  People don’t realize it, but emotions need to be...

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You Are What You Eat

Along with being your partner and your companion, your dog is an athlete and requires a high protein, quality diet. Did I just say your dog is an athlete? No matter what breed, all dogs really are athletes. They typically love to run, play and go for walks. If your...

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Positive Reinforcement Gets Positive Results

In our previous blog, I wrote about how untimely positive reinforcement can mess up your dog. Petting when they growl, giving attention when they jump, baby talk, and hyperactivity by you can all prevent your dog from having a calm greeting behavior. This article is...

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