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Welcome back! Have you already read Long Line Training Part 1 and Part 2 ? Cool, then let’s get these dogs off-leash! If you had asked me 25 years ago if my dog was off-leash trained I would of said, "Oh yeah, totally, for sure, dude!"  However, I was surfing couches... + read more
The 50 foot long line is a progression of the training process which is ultimately intended to produce a dog that is reliable off-leash...anytime, anywhere...even on a beach full of squirrels! Note: The following exercises should be taught first on a six foot leash. It’s assumed you have... + read more
Note: This article is part one of a three part series. Part two will cover how to train a dog with a long line and part three will cover off-leash transitioning. The goal of this series is to help dog owners achieve higher levels of off-leash success by safely and effectively using a long line as a... + read more
The terms “positive”, “positive reinforcement” and “reward-based” dog training get tossed around a lot these days. Trainers that identify with these labels tend to interpret them as meaning “treat-based” but in actuality NONE of these labels have the... + read more
  Does Your Dog Know the Difference Between Stay and Wait? Understanding the seemingly subtle yet profound differences between Stay and Wait are not only life enhancing, they can save your dog’s life! Intrigued? Good, then let's take a look at these two commands,... + read more
One of my favorite things to do with my dogs is go for a hike, and if the laws permit, I love to let my dogs off-leash so they can roam around and explore. Granted, my dogs are well-trained and don't wander too far from me and come back when called which gives me the confidence to give them... + read more
Dogs learn best in black and white. This is good, this is bad. This is allowed, this is not. It's so simple! Learning happens through contrast and the more obvious the contrast the easier, faster and more reliable the training. This is a no-brainer and totally self evident to anyone who's... + read more
Have you ever taken a moment to think about all the things you do and don't do in your life? Why do you do the things you do? Why don't you do those things you don't do? When you stop to think about it, do you enjoy everything you do? Do you ever find yourself doing things that you... + read more
Most dog training advice comes with some variation on the theme of leadership. Many dog trainers will say you need to be the "Alpha Dog" or “Pack Leader” and, with the hugely popular TV series "Dog Whisperer", almost everyone has heard the phrase "Rules,... + read more
"No pulling, stop, stop, easy girl, sit, sit, sit!" - average dog owner whose dog just won't listen.    On any given day it's not uncommon to see people being towed along behind a dog straining at the end of a tight leash. Wait, let me rephrase that, it's... + read more


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