Key Points• Despite the fact that advances in behavior research have modified our understanding of social hierarchies in wolves, many animal trainers continue to base their training meth- ods on outdated perceptions of dominance theory. (Refer to Myths About Dominance and Wolf Behavior as It Relates to Dogs) Dominance is defined as a relationship between … Continue reading American Veterinarian Society on Animal Behavior Dominance Statement.
These excerpts have been taken off the American Veterinarian Society of Animal Behavior official position statement. What are some examples of techniques that may be used by a reward-based trainer?Trainers may use verbal or visual cues to signal (request) the required behavior, a clicker or verbal marker to mark the behavior, and toys, treats, or … Continue reading Excerpts from AVSAB position statement on training methods.
Please, please, please do your research on where you send your dog! I am continuing to hear about dogs being harmed while at some board and train facilities in the area. I just heard from a groomer that a dog was taken to one in western North Carolina and subjected to the electronic shock collar … Continue reading Warning on Board and Train!
Prevention and Treating Thunderstorm Anxiety It's that time of year that we don't look forward to with our dogs. Those flashes of light and loud crashing of cymbals from above, can be scary and foreign to a lot of our dogs. Imprinting young puppies with tapes of thunderstorms early on, can be very helpful in … Continue reading Thunderstorm Anxiety
Congratulations to our new AKC S.T.A.R. Puppies!You should be very proud of all the hard work you have done together. Looking forward to helping you in the future and hopefully seeing the babies become AKC Canine Good Citizens one day. ELLIE BLU FINNEY RHODIE Please contact us today for the best training help available. We … Continue reading AKC S.T.A.R. PUPPIES!
Please don’t shock the dog. The use of e-collars comes with a risk that dog owners should not take. I’m sharing a case from my own personal clients files. The owner went to a positive punishment, shock collar trainer for help. The puppy was not responding well to recalls and the owner was told to shock (punish) the … Continue reading Please don’t shock the dog
People ask me when to start training their new puppy. The work begins right away! The prime socialization period ends somewhere between 12 and 16 weeks. If you’ve done your research, your breeder (unless you rescued), should have already done imprinting work with their puppies, using programs like Puppy Culture or the Rule of Seven. … Continue reading Congratulations to our newest AKC S.T.A.R Puppies!
Stop The Shock! One of the risks with shock collars is that dogs can associate the shock with something in their environment. A negative association can be with the person who shocks them and/or things in their environment. One of my client case examples:(please note, the shock training was not used or recommended by me.)This particular … Continue reading Information on the potential risks of the use of shock (E) collars.
I’m seeing more and more damaged dogs due to the use of shock collars (e-collars) used by other trainers. We need to educate people to the risks and dangers. Please help spread the word. Dr. Karen Overall says it best: “There are now terrific scientific and research data that show the harm that shock collars … Continue reading Stop the Shock!
We are here to help you become successful with working with your dog. We come and assess all aspects of your training needs and equipment and start the work for you. You watch us work with your dog while we teach you learning theory and you learn how to apply it to your work. We … Continue reading Get The Right Training Help