Dog Training Fail: Feelings Count Too

I could count this as a dog training failure on many levels: I moved too quickly, didn’t test the behavior in a high distraction environment, and didn’t have a back up plan. But I think my biggest problem was forgetting that in dog training, feelings count too.

How To Teach A Dog To Fly

Honey has surprised me by learning some amazing things–walking on a moving ramp, climbing steep stairs with open treads, and even staying balanced on a heeling sailboat. But this year we have a new trick for her to learn. We’re going to teach our dog how to fly.

Training The Dog; Training Ourselves

My dog Honey gives us so much—affection, companionship, amusement. But the greatest way she has given back to our family might surprise you. It has to do with training her. And training ourselves.

How Do You Call Your Dog To Come To You?

I would have found it cute if it wasn’t so darn frustrating. I called Honey to come to me. She just stood there and gave me a look that said, “I think not.” My “come” cue is poisoned. I need a new word to teach Honey to come to me when I call her. What […]

One Thing Every Dog Trainer Could Learn From Boaters

As I watched the manager of the boatyard while we puttered toward the wharf, I had one thought: “I wonder if he’s a good dog trainer?”

What’s Next After Loose Leash Walking?

As someone who has struggled with pulling dogs, I know what a big accomplishment it is to walk your dog with a loose leash. But once you master that advanced skill, what’s next? (This post contains affiliate links.)

Boat Training For Humans And Dogs

I know you’re hoping for cute pictures of Honey on exotic beaches or barking at pelicans. But life aboard a boat takes lots of training. For us. And for the dog.

Train Your Dogs What They’ll Never Need To Know

If I was only able to give one piece of advice to someone adopting a new dog or puppy it would be this: always teach your dog the things you know he or she will never need to know. Here’s why.

Back To School – Positive Pet Training Hop

Honey went to puppy preschool followed by puppy kindergarten. Then we homeschooled her for several years. But something showed us we needed extra help. Time to go back to school for Honey.

Training Rewards For Every Dog

Click and treat. Click and treat. Do you always associate positive training with food treats? Because maybe there’s a better training reward for your dog.

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