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The Best Way to Kill a Dog

This, and a number of other articles on this website dealing with "leadership" are a bit old-school. Science has proven some of these concepts incorrect. The information is left on this site for informational purposes and is slated to be re-written at some point in the future.

When someone has a very problematic dog, I (the dog trainer) am usually the last person to know. But when I finally do hear about it, I encounter a lot of human frustration: someone at their wits' end because their dog has destroyed an expensive sofa, shredded a mattress, or uninstalled some linoleum; or someone who is feeling angry and betrayed because their dog bit them or a family member.

Group Classes, Private Lessons, or Board and Train - Part Three

Clients often ask about the best venue for training their dogs. There are three basic options: group classes, private lessons, and board and train services. Each has its benefits and drawbacks. There are five considerations when making your decision: your goals, your dog's needs, effectiveness, convenience and pricing. Below are my thoughts on each training venue.

Previously, I covered:
Group Classes
Private Lessons

This article covers:

Board and Train

Group Classes, Private Lessons, or Board and Train - Part One

Clients often ask about the best venue for training their dogs. There are three basic options: group classes, private lessons, and board and train services. Each has its benefits and drawbacks. There are five considerations when making your decision: your goals, your dog's needs, effectiveness, convenience and pricing. Below are my thoughts on each training venue.

This article covers:

Group Classes

Five Mistakes Dog Owners Should Avoid - Part Two

In this five part series, I am discussing some well-intentioned but serious mistakes dog owners commonly make that actually cause behavior problems in their pets. I'm also suggesting some tips that will improve your dog's confidence, obedience and overall wellbeing.

I've previously covered:
Mistake #1: Repeating Obedience Cues

This article covers:

Mistake #2: Physically Punishing a Fearful Dog

How to Introduce Cats and Dogs

NOTE: This article is intended for otherwise well-socialized animals. If your dog seems non-playfully aggressive toward the cat, or if the cat seems predatory toward your smaller dog, you should seek out specialized advice. If you're in the Denver Metro area, please contact FetchMasters for assistance.

Fight-Play, Bite Inhibition and Proper Socialization

I had the opportunity to observe a puppy play session following a dog training course yesterday in Denver, Colorado, and noticed something I thought worthy of mention.

Two of the puppies, a 4-month-old Cockapoo and a very young German Shepherd, were roughhousing, and the Cockapoo let out a yelp.