dogtrainergirl (Page 2)

After 12 years in this chosen profession, you would think that I could block out the sound of barking dogs. Some days are better than others, but when I’m overwhelmed with the items on my to-do list, and my toddler is having a day where his voice volume is stuck at 11 (Kudos to anyone who picks up that reference) – I have a very hard time being able to block out anything. Read More…

corgi puppy in wild flowers

Trying to Potty Train Yadi definitely made me want to pull my hair out!! When he came home, from his breeder at AJ’s County Corgis he was litter box trained, and that was great. It made having him at work with me so much easier.
Our other dog at the time an Australian Cattle Dog named Loki, made that really hard to use at home. Read More…

Dog training requires a basic understanding of what reinforcements and punishments are and how they work. Your dog being the learner is the only one that can decide what is rewarding to them, as well as what is aversive to them. The most basic definition of Punishment is something that lessens the likelihood of a behavior from happening. Read More…

Toy Cube for Loki

When it comes to training our dogs, we naturally think about teaching them things like to come when we call them, siting to greet our guests, and don’t steal the food off the table or out of our kids’ hands. We don’t typically think of Socialization as part of active training.Read More…

Behaviors that produce an effect that is desirable are ones that a dog is more likely to repeat, whereas behaviors that produce an undesirable effect are ones that are less likely to be repeated. He gave us our entire foundation for trial and error training, which helped us to focus on problem-solving skills during training. Read More…

A Marker to tell our dogs that they have done what we are asking them to do. This could be a clicker which is my favorite for working with puppies. Or this could be a verbal word such as Yes, or Good!Read More…

The one thing I hear the most as a trainer is, “my dog just won’t listen to me”.During the first class of my manners courses, I always talk about what reinforcements are. I try to stress to my students that it really doesn’t matter what we (the humans) want toRead More…

Fear is not just a human emotion, dogs suffer from it too. Sadly it’s all too often that we as humans get caught up in our daily lives and simply don’t see the signs until something happens to catch our attention. Then we wonder, where did that come from, “FluffyRead More…

I started training in 2007 where I was blessed to be able to apprentice under several Trainers while in Atlanta, as I studied at Penn Foster for a degree in Dog Obedience Training Instruction. My goal was to be a Service Dog Trainer one day. Having personally been touched by the harsh reality of howRead More…

Anthropomorphize –  “the attribution of uniquely human characteristics to non-human creatures and beings, phenomena, material states, and objects or abstract concepts.”  Eric Goebelbecker How many times have you or someone you know referred to a dog as a “four-legged child” or “Fur Kid”? I myself have many times. In itself,Read More…