Remarkable Moments

No matter how rotten you may think your dog is – pulling on leash, barking, bouncing, jumping up on people – I guarantee that there are remarkable moments throughout your day with your dog. What are remarkable moments?  Moments of desirable behavior, no matter how brief, that we can mark and reward (aka mark and […]

The Marlo Trust

A few months ago, my friend Allison contacted me with a great idea she had – Allison is full of good ideas.  She was an instrumental part of getting Breakfast Club up and running. She came up with the idea of The Marlo Trust – a trust that helps financially challenged dog guardians get qualified, […]

The Tip of the Iceberg

In October, I attended the Suzanne Clothier seminar in Calgary – a wicked good time!  I had seen Suzanne speak at the APDT conference the previous autumn in San Diego and loved her sense of humour, speaking style, and ability to convey insane amounts of scientific knowledge without jargon. In many of the exercises Suzanne […]

After Hours Club

Bad Dogs Gone Good Dog Training Services and Paw In Hand Pet Services are pleased to partner together to offer Sea to Sky residents the After Hours Club! Many of us have dogs that embarrass or frustrate us out on walks – whether they are barking and lunging at other dogs or crouching with tucked […]

There’s Something About Pit Bulls

Pit bulls have been back in the news again here in British Columbia – over the summer, there were three highly publicized bites to children, which has since brought back the breed debate – should there be legislation against pit bull ownership?  Are they inherently dangerous? The media reports are filled with emotionally laden terminology […]

The Case Of The Poisoned Cue

Aka Sometimes It’s Easier To Train The Dog Than The Guardian As a dog trainer/ behavior consultant type, I hate poisoned cues.  I see them all the time in my clients’ dogs, and I wish people would think before they go about teaching their dogs a new cue – how are they teaching that cue?  […]

Intervention: Puppy

I recently attended a seminar given by Julie Shaw, senior behavior veterinary technician at the Animal Behavior Clinic at Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.  She spoke about Understanding and Preventing Canine Aggression and talked quite a bit on the topic that no one likes to talk about – behavior problems in puppies.  What??!!?? I […]

Hanging With Maxine

Today I went to my local shelter to spend some time with Maxine – a Mastiff/ Shepherd cross that is just over a year old.  Maxine has spent about 2 months at the shelter and is getting bored and frustrated.  I heard she likes to learn, so off I went with clicker, treat pouch, mat […]

What Is Drive?

  At the beginning of May, I attended the annual PABA conference at the University of Guelph, and the weekend’s theme was “The Science of Working Dogs.”  Being a rather applied behavior analysis type of group, I was surprised at how often the word “drive” popped up over the weekend.   The notion of drive in […]

Extrinsic Vs Intrinsic Reinforcement

We all know a dog that just loves to bark – bark, bark, bark, bark, bark.  He or she does everything with a bark and a woof.  I will also admit that barking is my pet peeve – I don’t mind if dogs bark when someone comes to the door or if little Timmy fell […]