Systematic Problem Solving

Trainers often say that they don’t need to know why a problem exists in order to fix it; they simply look at the behavior and address it.  I disagree.  I find that identifying the underlying source of the problem is critically important, otherwise the trainer is...

What am I Teaching?

Several years ago I watched a person train a dog is a sport I’m very familiar with.  For the life of me, I could not figure out what the human wanted the dog to do – that’s pretty bad when it’s my own sport.  The dog was paying the price with...

Protection Training (IPO)

In addition to obedience, all of my dogs compete in the sport of IPO – formerly known as Schutzhund. IPO stands for Internationale Prüfungs-Ordnung. IPO is a three part sport which includes Tracking, Obedience and Protection phases – the dog must pass all...

Raika – Verbal Discrimination

Raika is contemplating a return to the sport of Schutzhund (now IPO).  We never earned her schutzhund three title; mostly because I got distracted with AKC obedience and that became my focus.  When I returned a couple of years ago, I found that I didn’t have...

Raika – play as contest

My last blog showed Cisu and Ali playing; these are physical dogs who like physical play with a lot of opposition reflex.  For dogs like Cisu, play is both physical and reflexive (not thinking). Raika has a completely different play style.  For Raika, play is a...

Why would any trainer….

allow their dog to hit them so hard during training that they were bruised? That’s a really good question and I’d like to answer it.  Some of you have asked me directly and I’m quite sure that others have been thinking it. First of all, I do NOT...