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 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 […]

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. […]

My Life with a Malinois -Sarah Dykes Dog Training

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 […]

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?  […]

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 […]