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Episode 232: Cracking The Canine Code: Prey Drive In Border Collies, Malinois And Other Breeds

By |September 8th, 2023|

Why do Beagles, Border Collies, Belgian Malinois’, Boston Terriers (and most breeds) present different dog training challenges? It’s because their Predatory Motor Sequence [...]

Episode 231: Empowering The Next Generation Of Dog Lovers: Finya’s School Assignment

By |September 6th, 2023|

I love kids, especially those who are keen on training dogs, so when a 10th grader named Finya sent me some wonderful positive reinforcement dog training questions [...]

Episode 230: Finding Joy Amidst Frustration And Shame In Dog Training – DeCaff’s Story Part 2

By |September 1st, 2023|

In episode 229, I shared the story about finding joy with a “mighty dog” in my life, a Jack Russell Terrier mix named DeCaff. In Part 2 I admit a painful lesson around [...]

Episode 229: Transforming An Overwhelmed And Anxious Dog Into A World Champion – DeCaff’s Story Part 1

By |August 30th, 2023|

Imagine a dog or puppy so overwhelmed by everything they see, hear or feel that it causes anxiety and crushes their confidence. Before transforming into a world agility [...]

Episode 224: Unleashing Fluency In Dog Training: Cracking The Canine Communication Code

By |August 9th, 2023|

Before my recent episode on latency in dog training, we took a social media poll on cue response times. 62% of people thought their dogs responded too slow. So, to help, this [...]

Episode 223: AMA: Aggression? Agility? This!? Belief? Routine? Dog Training? And More Questions Answered

By |August 4th, 2023|

I’m answering your questions on dog agility training, helping anxious, aggressive, and fearful dogs, crate training, dog ears, junior handlers, my daily routine, managing canine [...]

Episode 221: Mindshifting Dog Behavior Problems To Overcome Extreme Training Challenges

By |July 26th, 2023|

I’ve just returned home from a trip to Houston, where I competed at an agility trial with my young dog This!, and we had an epically amazing weekend. Many of you know of [...]

Episode 220: Help Humping, Barking, Destructive, Reactive Dogs Overcome Dysregulation: 4 Case Studies

By |July 21st, 2023|

I’m sharing four case studies of dogs that overcame incredibly undesirable behaviors: a humper, a home wrecker, a screamer, and a dog-reactive dog. How did they go from [...]

Episode 219: Self-Regulation Helping Shy, Hyper, Anxious Or Fearful Dogs To A Better Life

By |July 19th, 2023|

Have you ever wondered why some dogs can walk down a path with their owner, encountering many dogs, but remain completely unfazed? Yet, other dogs see one single dog [...]

Episode 216: Dog Sitting For A Friend? Top 10 Tips For Fun, Safety And Success

By |July 5th, 2023|

Have you ever had a friend or relative ask if you could look after their dog for the weekend or a short time while they are away? I’m sharing my top 10 tips for dog sitting in [...]

Episode 215: What Your Destructive, Lunging, Nipping Or Hyper Dog Or Puppy Is Trying To Teach You

By |May 22nd, 2023|

Life with dogs is not always easy, especially when they misbehave, blow you off, ignore you, embarrass you in public and generally create frustration. Some days, you might [...]

Episode 214: England Banned Shock Collars, Here’s Why That Could Be Sad News

By |May 12th, 2023|

England has banned using remote electric shock collars on dogs starting from February 2024. Why do I find this sad if shock collars aren’t tools I use or advocate? And why [...]


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