Troubleshooting Loose Leash Walking: Positive Pet Training Blog Hop

I’ve written about loose leash walking before–in fact, I did so for my first ever post for this blog hop! But it’s an inexhaustible topic. It’s a notoriously difficult task to teach for so many reasons–it’s boring, frustrating, and has the kind of “I know it when I see it” criteria that spells disaster for dogs and handlers alike. Here … More Troubleshooting Loose Leash Walking: Positive Pet Training Blog Hop

What We Learned on our First Road Trip: Positive Pet Training Blog Hop

This past weekend for Labor Day, the pup, the partner, and I took advantage of some extended time off to take our first ever short road trip together. It was…revealing. Mentally, I tried to prepare myself for the worst. I knew there was a possibility that Nala would be too overstimulated by being in a new place … More What We Learned on our First Road Trip: Positive Pet Training Blog Hop

Sensitive Dogs II: Games for Body Pressure

Last week, I talked about how Nala’s sweetness, smartness, and sensitivity is a blessing and a curse. It’s easy to be glad that she’s so sensitive when Nala is sympathetically cuddling me when I have a migraine. It’s harder when I’m worrying that adding a collar grab to her recall will poison the cue because she’s so … More Sensitive Dogs II: Games for Body Pressure

On Sensitive Dogs

Sweet, smart, and sensitive. They’re great traits in a dog, right? But if you’ve lived with a sweet, smart, sensitive dog before, and particularly if you’re kind of a pushy training nerd like me, you might know that that isn’t the whole story. Sensitive dogs can really challenge us as trainers, and they freak out … More On Sensitive Dogs

On Disbelief, Splitting, and Not Killing a Critter: Positive Pet Training Blog Hop

When I saw this month’s positive pet training hop topic–success, strengths, and improvements–I got all in a kerfuffle. Honestly, guys, I’m not that great of a trainer. Most of my successes with Nala have been in the area of classical conditioning, and I can only tell you guys about so many situations where I stuffed … More On Disbelief, Splitting, and Not Killing a Critter: Positive Pet Training Blog Hop