It’s that time again! Time for our annual New Year’s Resolutions. Many of us make promises at the beginning of each new year to change and/or improve our lives to be healthier and happier. We start off with the best intentions and stay committed to those resolutions for days, weeks, maybe even months. But in the end, many of us fall short.Continue reading
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
New Year’s Resolutions
Once again, we find ourselves at that time of year. We pay homage and bid a sweet adieu to the past year, and simultaneously, ring in the new year with hopeful anticipation that our lives will get better. What happened in the past is now fact and cannot be changed, be it good or bad. What we can change is our future course. We have the power to determine and change our futures. We make New Year’s promises to change our lives, but almost always find these new-found resolutions fail miserably. Why? Because we plan for the future but forget to live in the NOW. Continue reading
In late May 2017, two very lucky dogs started the New Leash on Life (NLOL) program near Asheville, NC. The pups have been in training for a little over one month and their progress is already obvious. Before describing their training progress, the doggy participants in the NLOL program have changed. Originally, the program included Mocha and Anna White. However, Anna White was replaced with another dog – his name is Diesel. Continue reading
⚾ Take Them 🐕 Out to the Ballgame! ⚾
On Tuesday, 23 May 2017, the Asheville Tourists are inviting dogs to attend Doggies at the Diamond. Game time is 7PM. A coupon for the event is available at Patton Avenue Pet Company. Our therapy dog Cognac will be heading out to the game to practice her training skills and enjoy the fun. We take every opportunity to practice training skills in all types of unique situations. We encourage any dog training students to attend the game Tuesday to cheer on the Asheville Tourists, practice their training skills and enjoy the fun! Please note that it will be extra challenging because untrained dogs will be in attendance too.
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
What Training Program is Right for You & Your Dog?
Imagine you and your dogs are the talk of the neighborhood…..for all the right reasons. Imagine your dog looks at you and listens to what you ask, the first time and every time, even off-leash. Your dog has excellent manners and their unruly behaviors are no longer an embarrassment. Every dog owner wants to reach these goals and enjoy the benefits of having a thriving partnership with their trained dog. The real question is how to achieve these training goals. What is the best tactic or training scenario? Continue reading
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
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.
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