Ken Ramirez kneeling to greed a dolphin

Frustration in Training

Just a few days ago I was attempt­ing to teach my young dog to offer eye con­tact when being hand fed her meals.  I was using a marker to help her iden­tify the exact behav­ior required to earn food, but as things often go in train­ing, she was offer­ing a ton of dif­fer­ent behav­iors (laying […]

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Full Body Exercise

Recently I seem to be run­ning onto this idea that some dogs or breeds have out­ra­geous exer­cise needs that would deter even very active peo­ple from own­ing them. The idea being that there is some set amount of exer­cise that is “enough” for any dog and that stren­u­ous inten­sive phys­i­cal exer­cise is required to achieve […]

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Tips for Finding a Great Trainer

I fre­quently see arti­cles about dog behav­ior that rec­om­mend seek­ing a qual­i­fied trainer but they don’t always detail what that means exactly.  Unfor­tu­nately, dog train­ing is a fairly unreg­u­lated pro­fes­sion.  Pretty much any­body can call them­selves a dog trainer so one must tread care­fully when con­sult­ing a trainer.  If you’re look­ing for a great qualified […]

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Is that Normal?

It seems that even with dogs being such a huge part of our soci­ety we still under­stand so lit­tle about them, espe­cially in regards to read­ing and accu­rately inter­pret­ing their behav­ior.  Under­stand­ing what your dog is say­ing, what behav­iors are appro­pri­ate, and acquir­ing the tools to pre­vent and cor­rect issues seems to be at the […]

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The Joy of Dogs

Much of my train­ing phi­los­o­phy stems from the fact that I love dogs for being dogs.  Yeah, I know most dog train­ers love dogs, but I am not sure that all of them love dogs for being dogs.  Dogs keep me grounded.  They remind me to enjoy life, love fully, lighten up every once in […]

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