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 […]

Baby Steps to Success

One of the toughest things about dog training (or training any animal) is that the beginning of training rarely looks like the end product. Now, you can try starting at the end result and hammer your way into what you hope is close to that, or you can start small and work your way up. […]

What I Learned on my Mini-Mal Vacation

Last year I went on the ultimate Malinois vacation and returned home with Mulder. This year, it’s all about continuing education for us, so with the encouragement of my club members, I wrangled an extra day off of work and went to the PSA (Protection Sports Association) Nationals.  Two days of high level competition in […]

New In Town

While it’s been a couple of months of settling in and updating the website, I’m pleased to announce the Bad Dogs Gone Good is up and going in southwestern Ontario. Who am I? I’m Sarah, a certified dog behavior consultant. I previously lived in on the west coast, and I come with a vast array […]

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My Life with a Malinois

My name is Sarah, and I have a Belgian Malinois. If you had asked me 5 years ago if I would own a Malinois, I would have looked at you like you should be institutionalized in a psychiatric hospital. Then I got to know a few through my work as a behavior consultant, fell in […]

My Favourite Things

It’s that time of year – the holiday season is upon us!  And in the tradition of Oprah, I thought I would put together a short blog of my favourite dog things.  These are the perfect gifts for that discerning dog guardian on your list! First up – the leather leash with traffic handle, fondly […]

Euthanasia Counselling – Helping Clients Through Difficult Times

This is a summary of my Association of Professional Dog Trainers short presentation, given at the 2013 conference in Spokane, Wa. In this blog, I will not discuss what circumstances may lead us to recommend euthanasia for a client or as a result of a behavior assessment, but instead, I will discuss how to help […]

Taking A Bite Out of Good-bye

Issues in behavior consulting come in threes – this is a purely anecdotal observation of mine, but you can quote me on it.  Recently, I ran into three dogs that all would grab a person’s hand when the person was about to leave the dog.  Faces drop, the “E” word starts to be uttered – […]

The Contradictory Dog

  Contradict: 1. to assert the contrary of : take issue with 2. to imply the opposite or denial of I consistently meet this interesting group of dogs that I shall call the “contradictory dogs” – dogs who are beautifully obedient but have horrible behavior – human aggression, dog aggression, resource guarding – usually it’s […]

The Threat of Silence

This past week, Nicole Wilde wrote a great blog called “The Threat of Stillnes,” which talked about a behavior assessment on inter-species aggression.  The dog being tested was stiff and staring, which elicited numerous appeasement/stress signals from the decoy dog – lip licking, averting gaze and apprehension to move.  Often times, people think still dogs […]