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 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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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?  […]