Montreal Response

People have been expecting me to write an article. Montreal passes BSL. Dogs will be killed in droves. Everyone goes off. They’re waiting for me to jump on the rant wagon. But, you know what…… I don’t even have it in me. I’m sick. Disgusted. And, have been for years. This is not a new problem that just sprouted up …

Flexis= Useful Tool, Or Work Of The Devil?

This topic annoys the hell out of me. There’s just no use of logic with people about these things. The thing that pisses me off about most of the folks that bag on these: 1- They are OK with long lines. Dude….. It’s a long line. Look…. There’s totally a time for a long DRAG line. Like…. When I’m doing …

Spring Pole Epiphany

I recently had an epiphany at a Spring Pole. Typically, I train tug held by the handler first, and then we work our way out in responsibility and area of influence, to flirt poles and spring poles. And… That’s a solid plan that’s worked well. I’ve seen dogs that get put on a spring pole without an “out”, and a …

Turns Out…….. Play IS as important as I think!!!!!!

We’ve been saying for a few years now that play is a hugely important part of training. And, we’re not the first! Ivan Balabanov has been saying it for decades!!!! Turns out, according to a new Ted Talk, science is backing up this approach. Check it out!!!! There is so much info in this video. Validates not only Play As …

Atten….. HUT!!!!!!!!

Not sure if that’s how you spell that, but you heard it in your head when you read it. Attention. Focus. Distraction Proofing. Temptation Resistance. Whatever you call it…. It’s the holy grail of dog training. If you ain’t got attention. You ain’t got shit. And it doesn’t have to be harsh. Here’s an example of us working on temptation …

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 …