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  • Why Good Habits Rule -Part I

    from Go Dog Training

    Tuesday October 20th, 2009 at 10:06 AM

    A frequent complaint from clients about their dog is: "But he KNOWS better..."

    While I am always diplomatic in these situations and even sympathetic, the truth is that this type of thinking sets dogs up for failure. We not only expect our dogs to be better than dogs; we expect them to be better than humans!

    Here is a short list of things that I have done even though, "I know better..." Roll a stop sign Bite my nails Scream at my dog Pee in a parking lot or public park Eat cookie dough...
  • Clicker Training -Part II: How Will My Dog Know What It Means?

    from Go Dog Training

    Thursday October 1st, 2009 at 06:38 AM

    Related Blog: WHAT IS A CLICKER?

    Modified Version: CLICKER TRAINING YOUR CAT.

    A Clicker must be "Charged Up" before you can use it.

    Teaching your dog what a clicker means is EASY!

    Do it from the couch, your favorite chair, while cooking dinner, or working on your laptop.

    The big trick is to remember that in the beginning there is only equation.

    CLICK --------------> Dog Is Give A Treat.


    1. Prepare 30-50 small pieces of TASTY Treats. Tasty is very, very...

  • TIPS: Clicker Training THE CAT!

    from Go Dog Training

    Thursday October 1st, 2009 at 06:38 AM

    Clicker Training A CAT...

    While there are some differences in what you can teach a cat vs. what you can teach a dog (Natural Behaviors Can't Be Ignored), the basic concept is the same.


    You must charge your clicker. This process is the same for dogs and cats.


    However, I tend to find the following tips are helpful with cats. 1. Use WET FOOD or BABY FOOD (Gerber Chicken is great!) 2. Secure your clicker to a spoon for fast & easy...
  • Training Tools --What is Clicker Training?

    from Go Dog Training

    Tuesday September 22nd, 2009 at 05:53 AM

    Clickers are not just for dog training!

    You can use clickers to train cats, rats and birds too. There is even something called Chicken Camp where trainers learn to improve their timing and clicker training skills. Zoos use clickers to train animals to lift lips and limbs, open mouths, bend down and perform other behaviors that make routine health checks less stressful for the animals and the keepers. Over the years, I have come to love training with clickers.

    Perhaps you've wondered,...

  • Training Aids: The Calming Cap

    from Go Dog Training

    Tuesday September 15th, 2009 at 07:56 AM

    Would your dog behave better if there was less STUFF?

    A lot of dogs behave better when they have STUFF taken away. It sounds silly when you put it this way, but sometimes the hardcore, science-heavy behavior lingo makes me feel nerdy.

    The Facts: Removing sensory stimuli can create better behavior in dogs. In training a desensitized version of a situation is a critical step in conditioning and/or reconditioning perceptions and responses. Exposing a dog to gradual increments of the full...

  • Tangled Leashes - Solutions For Daily Annoyances

    from Go Dog Training

    Monday August 24th, 2009 at 04:19 AM

    There are several LEASH TRICKS that I teach all dogs. Mostly this is to ease my own frustration; I am lazy about leashes. I want the dog to think about and work at keeping the leash out of trouble. These are my TOP LEASH-SKILL ANNOYANCES.

    Stepping over the leash... Winding around the wrong side of a pole... Cutting from side to side & stalling to sniff... I'm not unreasonable, I realize that it is normal dog behavior. In fact, I expected that most green dogs will do these things. This...
  • Puppy Biting: Teeth On Toys, Please!

    from Go Dog Training

    Monday August 17th, 2009 at 01:41 AM

    A normal, healthy pup will want to bite and chew--on EVERYTHING!

    This means your pup will try biting you!

    RELAX! Your puppy is NOT aggressive.

    Your puppy is not trying to dominate you.

    Your puppy is not being naughty.

    Your puppy is just being a puppy!

    This does not mean that you should encourage biting. Furthermore, this does not mean you should ignore your puppy's inappropriate biting. It is important to address biting BEFORE it becomes a problem!

    Some Background...


  • Dogs & Water -Teaching Dogs to "Swim"

    from Go Dog Training

    Wednesday August 12th, 2009 at 06:39 AM

    Teaching Dogs to "Swim"

    Not All Dogs Like Water...

    And, not all dogs CAN swim! But, waders can have fun too!

    Tips for Hydrophobic (behaviorally, not clinically) Dogs

    If you want your dog to like or love something, you must find a way for them to associate that thing with good things. If they are too nervous, scared or shy to try the thing you want them to like then you have to start really slow.

    Starting slow means:

    REWARD (toys & treats work the fastest) any and all interest in...

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