When A “Positive” Trainer Goes to the Dark Side

Nothing sparks greater internet debates amongst dog people than training methods – are you force free, are you purely positive, do you use aversives, are you pack theory or dominance theory? We have a label for every type of trainer imaginable, and all of these labels carry a lot of emotion. I was judgmental and […]

The Isolation of Behaviour Problems

Having a dog is supposed to do all sorts of wonderful things for us – reduce stress, increase exercise, increase social interactions, and generally make life better. But what happens when your dog has a behavior problem? We endlessly talk about managing behavior problems, where they may stem from, how to improve them, but we […]

Scent Detection Is Here!

I am very excited to be offering a new class, starting this spring – sport scent detection!  Scent detection can be done by any dog at any age – you just need a working nose! I was introduced to scent detection when I took the Operant Conditioning Course at Logan Haus Kennels, in West Virginia. […]

When Socialization Goes Astray

Years ago (I’m talking 70’s/80’s), puppies didn’t go to classes or really see much of world until they were finished their first series of vaccinations. Puppies weren’t getting out until they were 4 months of age or older, and us smarty pants in 2017 know that the critical socialization window has closed by this age […]

Hazardous Howlidays

This time of year is typically slow for me – everyone is busy preparing for the holidays, and no one is thinking about their dogs’ behaviour problems.  We’re busy with presents, parties, concerts and planning for days off.  However, once Christmas passes, I tend to be inundated with requests for training because of bites over […]

When will my dog be fixed?

I got together today with awesome friend and colleague, Elizabeth, for a little bit of shop talk.  One of the common issues we found between us is our clients’ desires for wanting their dogs’ behaviour problems fixed now.  In one session.  And after that session, they will never have to train their dogs again. Even […]

Hallways, Elevators and Stairwells – Oh My!

How to navigate your apartment building with your dog When I was moving out of Whistler and selecting a place for my dogs and I to live, my options were limited to basement suites or apartments/condos that were ground floor with direct access to the outside world. There was no way I was going to […]

The Summer of Bites

Anyone in any type of dog related activity will have recently had a newsfeed full of eye-popping headlines about dog attacks – after a string of injuries and 1 death involving alleged pit bulls, the powers that be are at it again, batting about breed specific legislation and why our four legged friends (specifically, those […]

Getting Your Dog Through Grief

This is a special blog post dedicated to those who have recently lost beloved companions. To Liz – I am so sorry you lost your special girl and to Dove – thank you for helping me through Carmac’s death, and I know how hard everyday is for you right now. Studies have shown that for […]

Training Without Conflict

There is a lot of conflict in our daily lives – I think anyone who goes to work can vouch for this. We also send our dogs conflicting messages all of the time – changing the rules suddenly to suit a new shift in our training, a new progression, or a new goal. Just like […]