Posts filed under: Training and Behavior

Have I got a story for you… Last night, I was crouched on the floor in front of the dog food container and in the middle of filling Kongs with kibble. Two big ones, two smaller ones, four Kongs in...
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Thanks to our friend Laura (who writes the “Growing Up Gomez” series), I was finally convinced to try a waist-leash. Dr. Sophia Yin had almost convinced me in “How to Behave so your Dog Behaves”, but Laura really drove the...
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Last week, Kelly and I were lucky enough to attend an Operant Conditioning Chicken Workshop with Bob Bailey and Parvene Farhoody. So many people have asked me “why train chickens when you’re a dog trainer?”, and in all honesty, 3...
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Your Pit Bull and You was born way back in March of 2013. One of the first items on our agenda was to bust the myth that pit bulls needed a heavier hand in training. We set out to show...
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We get lots of emails and messages in our Facebook inbox from people who need some help. We try to help people however we can. Sometimes it’s a simple issue and we can point them to a few articles or...
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We talk a lot about setting our dogs up to succeed, but what does that actually mean?  When we set criteria (what exactly must the dog do to be paid?) and parameters (level of distraction, distance from the dog, and...
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When we adopted Gomez in early November, we had no no clue that one month later would be the start of the most brutal winter in Detroit history. The polar vortex didn’t make it very easy to spend leisurely outside...
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When we adopted Gomez, I had a few friends and family members essentially ask me, “With so many dogs that need homes, why Gomez? Why didn’t you adopt one that was easier/better trained?” This line of questioning might seem a...
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Being able to get your dog’s attention and to focus on you can be a very valuable skill. If you are on a walk and need to move your dog out of the way quickly, the ability to re-direct his...
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Lisa Mullinax, CPDT-KSA  is the brains behind 4Paws University and the owner of Mullinax Dog Behavior Lisa is a crossover trainer, whose very up-close and personal experience led her to force-free training. We are so excited to feature Lisa in...
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