Changing is growth

Changing is growth

“I think a big part of allowing yourself to believe there might be a better way of doing things is coming to terms with the fact that you aren’t doing things the best way already. I think that’s a stickler for a lot of people. People are trying to do the best for...
What can’t you teach with a target?

What can’t you teach with a target?

3 min read May this should be titled “Why would you teach without a target?” Targets and targeting are a concept and core understanding that our training revolves around. The clicker revolution was the dawn of target training for dog trainers. It introduced a new...
Treats for life?

Treats for life?

2 min read Yep, you will be giving treats for the rest of your dog’s life. The question is often raised by someone new to using food reinforcement when living with dogs or training them for lifeskills or any other program. This is the same as a child who may ask – “do...
Stop doing that ….

Stop doing that ….

8 min read Can we teach “stop doing that”? For all of us rearing young dogs, there are times we need to be able to say “you cannot be doing that”. Yep, me too. Either we see there is trouble ahead if you carry on doing that, or that it is unacceptable behaviour when...
One day you will love him again

One day you will love him again

4 min read Can we reinforce an absence of a behaviour? The world of living with dogs, much like the world that surrounds it, is often swept along with the urgency to stop something that is an irritant or frustration. Very often this need is immediate, and the...