Training Tips and News

Common Mistakes Dog Owners Make: Coming When Called

Posted on February 2, 2012Categories Animal Behavior, Common Mistakes Owners Make, Dogs, Training MethodsTags , , , , , , ,

In this series we will discuss some of the most common errors made by dog owners, and how to address them. Training The Dog To Run Away When Called This seems like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised how many pet owners accidentally train their dog to run away from them! Coming when called should always be a happy occasion. Once your dog is off-leash, the only control you have over him is your past history of rewarding him … Continue reading “Common Mistakes Dog Owners Make: Coming When Called”

5 Clicker Training Myths

Posted on January 31, 2012Categories Dogs, Training MethodsTags , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Clicker Training can be a controversial topic in the dog training world. Some trainers heartily endorse it as a positive and fast way to interact with your dog, while others call it “bribery” and accuse clicker trainers of being unable to deal with behavior problems effectively. What is Clicker Training? “Clicker Training” is another term for “Using A Conditioned Reinforcer To Positively Reinforce Desired Behaviors.” Most people find that “Clicker Training” rolls off the tongue more easily. All it means … Continue reading “5 Clicker Training Myths”

That Was Easy! How To Train Your Dog To Push A Button

Posted on January 26, 2012Categories Dogs, Great Tricks, Training MethodsTags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Watch as our trainer Carol Millman demonstrates how quick and easy it can be to teach your dog a new skill in a matter of minutes! Using clicker training, she trains her Sheltie, Odin, to push a button with his nose in a single 5 minute session. The video footage is one continuous take to prove that we aren’t using any editing tricks. If you live in Greater Vancouver, the Tri-Cities, or the Fraser Valley of BC and you would … Continue reading “That Was Easy! How To Train Your Dog To Push A Button”

What Dog Trainers Don’t Want You To Know:

Posted on December 16, 2011Categories Animal Behavior, Dogs, Training MethodsTags , , , , , , ,

There are many different schools of thought on how to train dogs. Ask three different dog trainers how to teach a dog to retrieve, and you’ll likely get three different sets of answers. One trainer will advocate pinching the dog’s ear. Another will advocate using a clicker and a bag of treats. The third will say that the only way is to use the dog’s natural prey drive, and that neither treat rewards nor negative reinforcement are the answer. All … Continue reading “What Dog Trainers Don’t Want You To Know:”

First Things First At Wag The Dog

Posted on December 15, 2011Categories Animal Behavior, Animal Health, Dogs, Pet Care

This being the outset of a new and exciting venture, it is a great opportunity to start at the beginning. Before we get into the nitty gritty of which training equipment is worth the money and how to deal with specific behaviour issues, let’s begin by talking about the basic expectations we have when we begin a relationship with a dog. I want to talk about what causes problem behaviour and, of course, what it takes to get the dog … Continue reading “First Things First At Wag The Dog”