Author Archive | DogChick

How to Build Your Training Chops

When­ever I begin work­ing with a new dog-handler team, I have some starter behav­iors I want them to learn together.  I pulled these from sev­eral dif­fer­ent skill areas – posi­tion changes, self-control, object inter­ac­tion, phys­i­cal cues (using body posi­tion), and ver­bal cues (using words only). These help teams build a well-rounded set of skills that make […]

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Don’t Sweat It

I am a long-term dog lady but, hon­estly, I’ve strug­gled in the dog world for many years.  I really enjoy dogs, not in a “they’re really cute and I want to pet them” way but in an “I’m com­pletely fas­ci­nated by every aspect of them and want to under­stand how they tick on a deep […]

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When to Use a Head Halter

Of course I shouldn’t need to point out that I am a dog trainer and this is what I have found to work for me specif­i­cally.  I am using tools that I know how to use and have expe­ri­ence using in the way that I use them.  This is not always the way that I […]

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What You Need to Know About Behavior Problems

When deal­ing with a behav­ior prob­lem the world sud­denly seems like a sea or con­flict­ing arti­cles, books, TV magic, and unwel­comed advice from passer-bys.  It can be hard to find rea­son­able solu­tions that don’t require insane tech­ni­cal skills, an obscene amount of time, or a hearty team of dogs and peo­ple on stand-by for training […]

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What Every Puppy Owner Needs to be Training Right NOW!

The truth is in the teeth.  Your puppy is an impres­sion­able, harm­less, help­less lit­tle crea­ture until those lit­tle pointy puppy teeth fall out and are replaced by full-sized adult ones at about six months of age.  Once those adult teeth come in, your puppy’s gen­tle mal­leable behav­ior solid­i­fies and become much much much harder to […]

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Your Cattle Dog Hates Deadpool

A weekly blog wherein I show how I can relate almost every­thing to dog. This week­end the movie Dead­pool, based on a pop­u­lar foul-mouthed ninja-esque gun wield­ing assas­sin comic book hero, comes out in the­aters.  It has great reviews and I have heard great things about it but when the first few trail­ers came out I […]

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