If you’re not training your dog… Why the hell did you get one?!


Dexter and I train twice a day. Treats are only given as a reward for a task performed and even his meals are given as a reward for a command. I believe that dog needs training. It is not an option or a trick. It is a mandatory part of healthy and balanced life for a... Continue Reading →

Adolescent fears and opportunity training


Dexter will be 7 months in a few days and he has been going through normal adolescent moods, fears and tests. One of the things I started noticing is that he is afraid and unsure of carts, baby carriages and similar wheeled objects. Despite of me introducing him to these things in his earlier age,... Continue Reading →

Dexter had his own plans this morning! Lesson on flexibility in training.


I had big plans for the morning walk with Dexter. We were suppose to do a tracking exercise, some obedience and tug play. Oh, and maybe we work on some healing. So, tracking done, I am ready to do some obedience work and BAM!!! Dexter decides that the only thing he cares about this morning... Continue Reading →

Five personal virtues you need for dog training!


There is no magic to training a dog. I strongly believe ... "There are no Bad Dogs; There are only BAD Owners!" Any dog can be trained, no matter the age or the breed. It is up to the owner to take the effort and put in the work necessary for training a dog and... Continue Reading →

A little bit of training


We have been working on come, sit, down and leash walking. All is done with lots of praise and encouraged with food. We do randomly about 20-40 minutes a day of training in between walks and play. It is paying off and here is a short clip of Dexter doing Sit and holding the position... Continue Reading →

Preparation for new puppy and what you will need before one arrives.


There are a lot of things you can buy for your new puppy. However, there is a number of essentials that you need to have prior to your puppies arrival. I've put together a list of things that I have purchased and had ready before I went to pick up Dexter: 1. Crate is an... Continue Reading →

Great Podcast from NPR TED talks on dog training and how it relates to raising kids, with Ian Dunbar


I have been telling my friends and family for a long time that we can learn a lot about raising kids from training dogs. Most people either make fun of me or think I am being ridiculous. Here is a link to a TED talk with Ian Dunbar, PhD in Dog behavior, in which he... Continue Reading →

Repost from http://www.germanwatchdogs.com/ … “Power of Protection”


Many people do not understand protection and Schutzhund training for dogs. A common misconception is that dogs are trained to be vicious. However, this couldn't be further from the truth. Proper protection/bite work teaches a dog an appropriate time and way to defend its owner and its self. It also allows the owner to learn their... Continue Reading →

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