Science of Dog Training Video

Evolutionary Approach to Dog Training

To truly understand dogs and how to train them, it is important to think outside the Skinner Box. Of course, a clear understanding and proper applications of Learning Theory is fundamental to sound dog training. However, psychology is NOT the only scientific field that applies to dog training. Far from it. Continue reading

Science of Dog Training

As a scientist, I find myself in the curious culture that revolves around pet dogs. I hear “science-based dog training” and am mystified by the context it’s used. The term “science”, which is a very broad, all-encompassing term, has been misappropriated to represent a very narrow training approach. In the pet dog training culture, “science-based dog training” is synonymous with “positive reinforcement training”. This is not accurate in so many ways and creates confusion and frustration for everyone, especially for our sweet little dogs. Continue reading

Science-Based Dog Training

Lecture at Asheville-Buncombe Technical College

This Friday, 20 October 2017, Dr. K will discuss science-based dog training approaches. Being a science-based approach is a claim of many dog training philosophies. However, exactly which science ? Is the training approach based solely on psychology and learning behavior? What about biology? What about physics? Continue reading

Healing & Heeling the Dog Within

Asheville, NC is a bastion of alternative practices and ideas. To add to this vibrant alternative community, a local veterinarian and a biologist/dog trainer are joining forces to present Healing & Heeling the Dog Within, a series of educational talks on a favorite topic of many – DOGS! Continue reading

New Leash on Life Dogs

Tucked away near a small town just outside Asheville, NC is a correctional facility for women. The facility offers all types of vocational classes to encourage the growth and development of their inmates. A new dog training program is starting at the facility. You may have heard of this program – New Leash on Life. These programs have been successful throughout the country. The program involves prison inmates learning to train rescue dogs. At the Asheville facility, two lucky dogs are starting the program tomorrow. Continue reading

Value of Trained Dogs

Are Dogs Limiting or Liberating?

Do you believe life with dogs is limiting or liberating? Does your dog give you more freedom to do what you want to do? Or, does your dog get in the way of your freedom? Granted, if you are a big world traveler and away from home for long periods of time, a dog may not fit your lifestyle. Other than being a world traveler, does your dog limit your freedom or liberate you to be more confident to achieve your goals, no matter how simple or complex? Continue reading

Leash Reactive Dogs

Is Your Dog Leash Reactive?

Not certain what that means? If your dog pulls, lunges, barks and/or snarls at dogs or people while on leash, your dog is leash reactive. This is one of the most common complaints about dog companions, and potentially one of the most dangerous. Leash reactivity is becoming a serious problem because someone typically gets hurt. And these are not isolated incidences, but repeated problems. Often times, each incident involves multiple people and/or dogs in one fell swoop. Reported human and dog injuries include sprained, torn and broken arms, legs, wrists, ankles, fingers, tendons, ligaments along with the all too frequent and yet completely avoidable dog bites.

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Dog Training in a Nutshell

We are on INSTAGRAM. If you use Instagram, please follow us @TrainingLuckyDogs. Along with posting cute pictures and videos of dogs, we are creating a video training series called “Dog Training In A Nutshell“.

At this time, the maximum video length allowed on Instagram is 1-minute. There isn’t a whole lot one can do in 1 minute…..or is there? Our Dog Training in a Nutshell series provides quality dog training content in 1-minute episodes. We just got started this week. Below is the first two videos of the series. Continue reading

Group Training Sessions

Have you ever needed help or advice of a professional trainer? Have you ever noticed that skilled trainers can take an ill-mannered, unruly dog and turn them into a dog with exemplary behavior within a few sessions using positive techniques? It seems to be nothing short of a miracle and a dream come true. However, when you are on your own with your pup, it seems like progress is out of reach. And then there are the complications when other dogs or humans become distractions. This disconnect arises because improvement is only possible if YOU – the human companion – possesses the necessary training skills and positive approach to learning. This is where practice makes perfect. And the best place to practice training skills with distractions is with group sessions.  Continue reading


Hello! My name is Mozart. Actually, Mozart is not my real name, but my alias. You might ask why a dog would need an alias. I must admit that I have been a naughty boy and want to keep my identity on the down-low. I want to protect the innocent, especially my mom & dad, who I love with all my big doggy heart.

I am a major fan of my bro, Beethoven. I hear comments about his movies all the time. Strangers even call me Beethoven. The main reason is pretty darn obvious. But alas, I am no Beethoven. He was a hero in the films, just like Lassie. No, I am a trouble-maker. I am more like his naughty yet complex brother. I chose my alias to be similar to Beethoven, but the naughty version. From what I hear about the genius human called Mozart, he had boundless energy and did not always follow the rules. Yet he turned out to be brilliant. That sounds just like me! Or … what I really want to be. Continue reading