Drag Work For….. Everything!

OK, maybe that’s a little strong. But….. Drag Work is good for almost everything. Helps me condition the collar as a communication tool and not a restraint device. Helps give the dog an outlet for “conflict”. Helps with creating a healthy fulfilling lifestyle. And, it can even help with leash reactivity with a bit of selective attention! Not to mention …

Gameness….. The Most Beautiful Word In The World.

“Gameness is the most important trait in the world. Because, it’s the one that allows all the other valuable traits to matter. If you are honest….. But only when it’s easy…… You suck. If you are compassionate….. But give that idea up the moment shit becomes tough…… you suck. Gameness is the first and most important trait. It opens the …

Teaching Is What You Do WITH Your Dog

By: Ashley Majetic “Teaching is what you do WITH your dog; Conditioning is what you do TO a dog” Chad Mackin, Dog Training Conversations Podcasts Think about it for a moment……………..alright, maybe take five or ten minutes. It took me almost a full day to truly comprehend this and make a connection and correlation to what aspect of training I …

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 …