Blogs by Professional Dog Trainers​

April 19, 2019

  1. Push and release the springy end of the clicker, making a two-toned click. Then immediately treat. Do not click and then click again when you see your dog didn’t respond. You must click then get the treat to your dog within 3 seconds. Click then treat. If you click...

April 14, 2019

I believe it's important to empower animals to make choices. The road to empowerment starts with using choice-rich techniques such as clicker training in sessions where the animal has the choice to participate or not (as well as the choice to earn a click or not, of co...

The American Kennel Club offers a very important title that you and your dog can acheive called the Canine Good Citizen or CGC. 

They also offer Trick Titles and an AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy certificate that isn't required for any other titles but, it is a nice certification t...

February 14, 2019

#1) The first thing you need to do is start ignoring the dog and stop speaking to the dog when they do jump. This is only teaching the dog that jumping makes you speak. Soon, your dog will start to make the connection....Dog jumps, person speaks. Dog jumping = I get at...

February 10, 2019

Simple. They want to get somewhere and you do not walk as fast as the dog walks. There are plenty of other reasons your dog wants to go somewhere other than where you are such as, to chase a squirrel, smell a well-trafficked tree trunk, other dogs, and to meet other pe...

February 8, 2019

It depends....

Are you able to get your dog off of the furniture without yelling, pulling, yanking, or physically removing them from the couch? 

First, let's cover they WHY. Why does your dog want on the furniture? Most likely, to be comfortable themselves or to be near...

November 15, 2018

A dog in the wild spends most of its standing/walking time, foraging for food. These wild dogs are not bored, they are not displaying pent up energy behaviors like the Zoomies, they are not bugging their owners for attention, they are not barking incessantly, they are...

October 16, 2018

During the first 6 weeks of this behavior(or any behavior for that matter) make sure that you are looking for and reinforcing every trial you and your dog attempt at loose leash walking. Even when it already looks good. This is what REINFORCING is all about. This is wh...

October 10, 2018

I hear it all the time, people tell me "I would never use a crate, that is cruel" But, wouldn't it be cruel to leave an animal that explores the world by putting things in their mouth in a place filled with items that can cause that animal to choke or die from a blocka...

September 25, 2018

I use a clicker to train my dogs and my clients' dogs because a clicker is the most effective way to communicate with a dog or almost any other animal that can hear. The "click" tells a dog that a treat is coming. The clicker bridges the behavior with the consequence....

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