We walk, think, and dream dog...

Seems our dog brains rarely power down, and there has to be a depository for all our musings. We hope you enjoy this ongoing collection of our training thoughts, with a bit of CNC news thrown in here and there.

The Art of Possible

I wrote this article some years ago and it popped into my mind again today.  I’ve been thinking about all the things I want to teach Cailie, our now 7 month old Australian Shepherd. We’ve focused mostly on tricks (fun for her, fun for me!) and family manners – the

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Is Your Dog a Door Dasher? Teach Your Dog Door Manners.

Training your dog is sometimes an activity that slips naturally into the flow of your interactions with your dog throughout the day and sometimes it’s an intentional activity which is purposefully planned. And sometimes we teach our things just for fun. At the present, I’m teaching one of my young

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Teach Your Dog to Counter Surf. Perils of a Dog Trainer

I’m here to report that I’ve been doing a stellar job of teaching Cailie (our 7 month old Australian Shepherd) to counter surf. Ok, I can hear you right now saying “What! Why would you ever want to teach a dog to counter surf?” I definitely understand why you ask.

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The Cost of a “Quick Fix”

Many pet stores and dog training websites offer plenty of suggestions on how to stop your dog from _____________. Just  fill in the blank. Many of these suggestions involve what’s billed as a “quick fix.” These so-called “quick-fixes” involve shocking, spraying or other aversive stimulation intended to startle the dog

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