Training Articles

Leadership v. Dominance

Posted by on September 13, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Dog owners need to be “alpha” and dominate their dogs to make them obey.   Anytime a dog does something you do not want them to, they should be labeled as dominant, bad dogs and their owners are not fulfilling the “alpha” role these dogs need. This way of thinking is outdated and, in my opinion, […]

Separation Anxiety

Posted by on July 19, 2010 at 3:34 am

Desensitization and Counterconditioning The goal is to help your dog come to the conclusion that being left alone is not something to become frantic over. 1) When you are at home, try to distance yourself from your dog.  Put his favorite bed and toys in the opposite corner from your chair or sofa.   2) […]

Phases of Training for your Dog

Posted by on July 19, 2010 at 3:23 am

By Dana Malone Each dog is different and I do not believe that one approach or one motivator work for every dog.   In general, a dog that is sensitive or lacks self confidence will not respond well to negative motivation so these should be minimized.  Whereas, a dog that is pushy or dominant is […]