Dog Training Tips & Stories

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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Control = Freedom

Recently we discussed the importance of dog control and obedience, and how they influence everything else in the dog’s life. Dogtra has a saying, “Control = Freedom” and that is so true.  Without control, your dog will end up with a lifetime of being stuck in your...

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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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