I Use Punishments

Semantics are a bitch. Truly. The word Punishment brings up images of “Mommy Dearest” style wire hanger beatings. But the truth is that in technical terminology, Punishment just means that it decreased something. It’s a description of the effect of what you did. Not a description OF what you did. Make sense? This post came to me reading a blog …

“Tug” For Rehab

Yep…. I don’t just use tug to biologically fulfill dogs, develop skills, language, and relationship….. I also use it to teach them to CHOOSE us over distraction. These dogs are not punished into not looking. They are choosing the game with their owner OVER the other dog. And make no mistake…. Both of these dogs were very reactive to the …

Ivan Balabanov: TrainPerView.com!!!!

Ok….. Ivan has been a huge influence on my work. Honestly…. outside Chad Mackin, he is the biggest single influence. I have been studying his material since I got into dogs and earlier this year had the chance to meet and study with him in person. More importantly, by some stroke of good luck…. became friends. Since then, I have …

Turned On By Conflict

Some dogs are turned on by conflict. And….. That ain’t a bad thing. People are the same way. Chess Players LOVE conflict. So do lawyers. Kids on the debate team. Also…. weightlifters. They love a weight that doesn’t want to go overhead. Not to mention the obvious boxers, and wrestlers. All those folks like conflict. They crave it. In fact…. …

Play As The “Way”

So….. It’s finally all come together. My approach: Play as the Way. I have always been in that “zone”. Play has always been my go to activity. But, It wasn’t the “Way”. Like…… “THE Way”. In the martial arts, philosophical “life path” sense! I’ve written articles about “preferring” play as a way of relating. But, would still default to “training” …

Why You Should Study Pickpocketing

Today….. I told someone that they should get good at picking pockets. Yeah. That’s the kind of advice you get from me. See……. We took their dog on an “Out & About” training session. It was on a busy walking trail in Amesbury, Mass. There were walkers. Bikes. Kids. Kids in strollers. And dogs……. Several dogs. Dogs stopped on the …

Learn YOUR Dog!

Every dog is different. Even in something as seemingly simple as game play. It’s like kids. Some want to play soccer. Some want to play rugby. Some want to do MMA!!!! It’s your job to learn YOUR dog!!!!! Find the game THEY find more rewarding. Don’t just insist on the one you want to play. I was guilty of that …