Archive for the Basic Training Category

Ask a Trainer: “How do you teach hand targeting?”

First, what is “hand targeting?” It is a simple “trick” wherein your dog learns to tap his or her nose onto your fist or open hand. Check out our blog post on why this is such a helpful behavior. There are numerous ways to teach hand targeting. […]

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Ask a Trainer: “Why are we teaching our dogs to tap their noses on our hands?”

Our group classes at “I Said Sit!” School for Dogs, often start with a few minutes of practicing “Hand Targeting.” This looks like a simple game in which your dog taps her nose on your hand. While learning how to teach hand targeting is quite simple, we […]

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Ask a Trainer: “Why do you say not to let our dogs meet on leash?”

Ask the Trainer: “Why do you say not to let our dogs meet on leash?” Trainer: Jeb Cadwell CPDT-KA, CWIGI I discourage people from allowing their puppies or untrained dogs to meet other dogs on leash. My students commonly ask why. I’ll answer this question with an […]

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Brand New Trick & Fitness Day Training Programs!

Did you make a resolution this year?  While you work on your mental and physical health, don’t forget about your dog. Mental stimulation and exercise can add years to your furry companion’s life. There are all sorts of activities we can do with and teach our dog […]

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Five Reasons You Shouldn’t Wait To Teach Your Dog “Wait”

My dog training students often ask, “What is the difference between Stay and Wait?” It’s a good question. After all, they have the same hand signal and “Wait,” like “Stay”, is often used to keep a dog where she is when you gave the cue. When I […]

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How to Choose a Dog Training Program

It can be absolutely mind boggling to pick the right dog training for you and your dog. There are so many different methods, programs and training schools. How do you possibly decide? How do you make sure you don’t end up with the wrong one? What if […]

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When Your Dog Needs Puppy Steps

In the following video I recreated and likely solved a problem a client had while trying to prompt her dog to do a new trick. The Back Story Elwood had gradually learned Rollover and I then showed his owner a hand gesture to accompany the cue, “Rollover”. […]

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How to Begin Training Your Puppy

If you are about to get your new puppy or if you have just gotten one, the first few weeks or even the first few days will set the tone for your puppy’s future. You will have a much easier time puppy raising if you get things […]

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Helping Veterans

We just got great news! Pets for Vets has asked us to train another dog for a veteran in need.  We are thrilled to help out for this great cause. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates on this developing story. The last dog Bravo […]

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I thought he liked it!

We do an exercise in our group classes to get owners thinking about what their dog does and doesn’t like in terms of praise and punishment.  Since we teach exclusively non confrontational and no pain based punishment, we feel it is really important that our clients realize […]

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