Challenges in Dog Training: Fear, Force, and Quitting While You’re Ahead

My dog, Wyatt, has a fear of the spiral staircase in our new home. The stairs are the floating kind, and for a creature with four legs, it requires different coordination than typical stairs. Move up or down too quickly, and you’re likely to find one of your legs slipping out from under you. The […]

Rules in Dog Training, and Their Surprising Power to Affect Your Dog’s Happiness

People often bring a dog to a trainer because the dog does certain behaviors they don’t like.  Their dog isn’t following the rules, they say. Perhaps their dog doesn’t listen to them, and they want the dog to do what they say and stop doing the “bad” behaviors. A good dog trainer, however, recognizes the […]

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