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Week 1 - Orientation Seminar Links for More Info, YouTube, Facebook, Separation Anxiety Book   Online Video Course - if you paid for the course, the link should be in your email inbox. If not, let me know and I'll resend it to you. Graduation... + read more
There are arguments both for and against comforting a fearful dog. Some science has shown the calming effects of stroking dogs with fear of thunder, yet professional dog trainers tend to say that petting a fearful dog will only “reinforce the fear.” What’s the deal with that... + read more
Back in 2012 I wrote an article, Letting Dogs Meet: The Three Second Rule, which continues to be one of the most popular on my website. So, before continuing, please allow me to say “thank you” to everyone for all the likes, shares, comments and emails. I truly appreciate it and am so... + read more
If dogs are NOT humans and NOT dolphins (as we saw in parts 2 and 3) then we must ask the question, “What is a dog?”  The domestic dog is a social, predatory, canine species that descended from the wolf. Somewhere along the millennia wolves became dogs and dogs became “man... + read more
This question was posted on a Facebook discussion group for professional trainers. For privacy, it has been slightly rephrased and names have been left out.  QUESTION:  “I have a dog in for a board and train right now. His owner’s biggest complaint is lack of recall,... + read more
 Dogs are not dolphins. I’m sure that sounds like an obvious, perhaps even ridiculous, statement but there was a movement in the 1980’s that popularized the concept of training dogs in a similar fashion to how dolphins and other exotic animals were being trained for amusement parks... + read more
Dogs are a unique and amazing species with their own particular psychology, language and instincts. Because we invite dogs into our families and societies, much of what we want from them runs counter to their instincts and must therefore be taught, trained or conditioned. In order to do that in the... + read more
Question: “Hi Chad, I have watched your Basic Obedience DVD and I think I’m doing everything right but I have a question about teaching him to do a Sit-Stay. I tell my dog to sit and then I say “Stay” with a hand signal and walk away. He is doing good but sometimes he... + read more
Before training any animal it would probably be wise to have some respect for, and understanding of, the psychology of that particular species. Wouldn’t you agree? This seems logical to me but a lot of behavioral or psychological experiments have been done on mice, pigeons, monkeys, etc. and... + read more
Part 1 of this article was short and to the point...the only two techniques you need to stop a dog from pulling on leash are Direction Changes and Leash Pops. It really is that simple but, as with nearly everything in dog training, it’s also controversial and worthy of further discussion.... + read more


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