We train dogs. However, we see our job as much bigger than that. We help people. We want dogs and people to experience the best relationship possible based on fairness, clarity and balance. We use tools that we feel get the dog/handler team to the best place.
With the holidays right around the corner, we thought it helpful to create a list of some of our top favorite training tools that we've encountered over the years- perfect as gifts for the trainer (or dog!) in your life.
As a trainer and a former manager of a daycare, my students ask me all the time about enrolling their dog in daycare. Not all daycares are the same, but a well-managed daycare is the perfect place for a young exuberant dog to get its needed exercise. But how do you find one?
I have spent countless hours working with some pretty wonderful trainers, and something that every trainer has in common is their short quips to help students remember valuable lessons. Here are a few of my favorites:
Raising a puppy can be overwhelming. Housebreaking, crate training, mouthing, chewing, exercising… the list goes on. But it can also be really, really fun. Sure there are messes, and things can get destroyed, but with a little planning the anxiety of puppy rearing can be a fun adventure.
Having a well mannered dog on leash is not hard, but does take some skill. In our programs we work with 2 different types of heeling: “Structured Heel,” “Tactical Heel,” as well as loose leash walking. I will break each one down as well as how we use them with our own dogs.