Happy Birthday Kirby!

Kirby turns 5 today! He slept in this morning, and when I woke him up to tell him Happy Birthday, he quickly popped his head out to make sure he heard me correctly! Kirby came to me back in July of 2019 as a ‘Behavioral Foster’; he was (MIS)labeled as aggressive, and I was asked … Read more

Dog Training: The Process

Now that you know what the tools are, let’s talk about the actual process from an overhead view. Anytime the dog does something I do NOT want them to do, I give them a correction, and then a moment to regain their composure into what I DO want them to do. If I have issued … Read more

Dog Training: Start with manners

The first thing I work on with a dog is manners. Manners means no jumping on people without an invitation, no licking without permission, no fast approaches to strangers, and no running through me (especially in doorways!). I use the same overall process for every behavior I don’t want, but I adjust my responses to … Read more

Dog Training: The Tools

As with other types of work, dog training works best when you have the right tools!At a minimum, you’ll need a collar, leash, something that motivates your dog, and some space to train in. I also recommend a long lead (or just a long rope you can attach to the leash), and an electronic training … Read more

Dog Training: The Prequel

Howdy folks!So, a couple of important things to keep in mind when you’re reading my training posts. I have a natural knack for dog training, so it just ‘makes sense’ to me. Don’t be alarmed if that’s not true for you, applying the principles found in my training blog can still net you a well-trained … Read more

Dog Training: The Commands

The Commands and their structure, will play an important role in the progress and maintenance of your training. I think it’s very important to have a clear, simple command structure that you’re comfortable with, and that your dog can learn quickly. I’ve included my own command structure at the bottom of this post for reference. … Read more

Weekly Round-Up: June 28th

It feels like a short week for me, even though it was full of long days on the road as I get back to work as a travelling technician.I am, sadly, on the road solo; Scout and Kirby are at home in Georgia, and i’m eager to get things organized so I can bring them … Read more

Weekly Round-Up: June 21st

Hello, and welcome back! We’ll start with a big, “Happy Fathers Day” to all the Dads out there, including Dads of fur-kids. Sure there’s a lot of differences, but at the end of the day, dogs are still dependents of us, though I think the likelihood of being bit is about the same… 😛 Foster … Read more

The leash

There’s a lot of talk about the leash, whether it’s ‘leash laws’, training, being out and about, or even the color of the leash. In this post, we’re going to round up some of those ideas and get ’em collared. First of all, in general daily use, the leash should be a SECONDARY means of … Read more