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Question:    Hi Chad, I’ve just started your Online Obedience Course and I have been through dog training classes before with a different trainer. In the videos, it seems like you are only saying the dog’s name to teach them to look at you but when I trained my last dog... + read more
Rude, Inappropriate or Non-Consensual Behavior   Dogs can have an aggressive reaction to what they interpret as rude or inappropriate behavior from other dogs as well as from humans. Even if the behavior was intended to be loving or playful, the dog may not like it. Even if it’s a... + read more
Question:    Hi Chad!     I read your article on dominance and aggression which I really enjoyed reading and feel it is consistent with what I am experiencing in my home currently. I am a trainer in the midwest and really just beginning to explore dominant dog... + read more
Question:    I purchased your Online Housebreaking Course and did everything the last 5 days but my adopted 1 year old dog won’t potty outside. I can’t reward her because she literally won’t pee (or poo) outside. She sleeps well in a crate in my room but it is... + read more
Keep An Eye On Your Pup At All Times.  Which puppy is the most important one in class? Yours is, of course!  It is easy to get distracted by watching the other puppies or chatting with fellow puppy owners, which is great, but please don’t forget to keep a good eye on your... + read more
History: Past Experiences or Lack Thereof     Past experiences can play a big role in why dogs act aggressively. Obviously, this can mean a history of bad experiences but, less obviously, it can also mean a history that lacks good experiences or simply lacks experience in general.... + read more
Do You Use Positive Dog Training Methods?  We are not “purely-positive” or “force-free” but yes, we do use a lot of positive reinforcement methods in combination with traditional methods to create what we call a “balanced” or “blended”... + read more
Question:    Hello Chad, I hope you are doing well. We found your training page as we were looking for some help with our 5 month old Labrador puppy. He is extremely sharp, potty trained and a fast learner. However, a couple of issues we have not been able to understand and address... + read more
---------------------------- The Smiths are a fictitious family but everything about them is true. Their story is based on real clients and situations from my experiences as a professional dog trainer. Some details may have been altered slightly for privacy protection but, other than that, this... + read more


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