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How coffee made me think about setting up easy-peasy dog training

My kitchen is a decent size but not the most efficient.

A couple of years ago when I started drinking more coffee at home, my kettle was in the northeast corner of the counter, my coffee paraphernalia was to the west of that in a cupboard, and my compost pail was in the south east corner…the sink was in the middle of all that. But the whole ‘system’ wasn’t working. You know where this is going, right?…

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To Be or Not to be…a dog’s dog

To Be or Not to be…a dog’s dog

We all want our dogs to be friendly to other dogs—and shouldn’t it come naturally? Dogs are social, after all. So why
does an otherwise sweet-natured canine buddy turn into a killjoy at the park? One reason is that dogs can be introverts, too. Like humans, they can have bad days and they occasionally form instant dislikes to certain dogs, or feel uncomfortable meeting strangers. But we get to choose our friends and are free to avoid anyone we can’t stand. Dogs pretty much have to go wherever we take them.

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Nosework FAQs

Nosework FAQs

Nose work, scent work, scent detection, sport detection…..

…..It doesn’t matter what you call it – it’s a sport for pet dogs, based on real life bomb, drug or contraband detection.

What are the dogs searching for, if it’s not bombs or drugs?

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3 Simple Fixes for Food Training Gone Wrong

3 Simple Fixes for Food Training Gone Wrong

I love using food in training.

Close up or at a distance, it’s dead easy to deliver as a reward and dogs generally love it and want to work for it. 

Some dogs will do cartwheels for cheerios (can anyone say “Labrador Retriever”)?  

Food can be used not only as the perfect reinforcement  for good behaviour, but it can also be used as a lure.

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How to do the “Running Bunny” in Nosework

How to do the “Running Bunny” in Nosework

In the sport of nosework (or scent detection) dogs search for a target odor that has been secretly placed in each of the four
‘elements’.  Dogs must learn to search containers (like boxes or suitcases), interior spaces, exterior spaces and vehicles.  In a nosework trial, dogs can be asked to search any kind of vehicle.

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How to Socialize Your Puppy

How to Socialize Your Puppy

Puppy socialization is something I think about a lot because I’m a trainer and I run puppy socialization classes here in Victoria
BC. But what socialization is, and how it can be accomplished is at the forefront of everything I do because I think it is misunderstood and mishandled by many new puppy owners.
What is Puppy Socialization Really?

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5 Keys to a Safe Halloween

5 Keys to a Safe Halloween

I asked my students in class last night: what’s your plan for your puppy on Halloween? I got 6 blank stares. No one had thought about what to do with the dog! And because most of the dogs were new to their homes, owners and dogs had...

read more

To Be or Not to be…a dog’s dog

We all want our dogs to be friendly to other dogs—and shouldn’t it come naturally? Dogs are social, after all. So why
does an otherwise sweet-natured canine buddy turn into a killjoy at the park? One reason is that dogs can be introverts, too. Like humans, they can have bad days and they occasionally form instant dislikes to certain dogs, or feel uncomfortable meeting strangers. But we get to choose our friends and are free to avoid anyone we can’t stand. Dogs pretty much have to go wherever we take them.

read more

Nosework FAQs

Nose work, scent work, scent detection, sport detection…..

…..It doesn’t matter what you call it – it’s a sport for pet dogs, based on real life bomb, drug or contraband detection.

What are the dogs searching for, if it’s not bombs or drugs?

read more

3 Simple Fixes for Food Training Gone Wrong

I love using food in training.

Close up or at a distance, it’s dead easy to deliver as a reward and dogs generally love it and want to work for it. 

Some dogs will do cartwheels for cheerios (can anyone say “Labrador Retriever”)?  

Food can be used not only as the perfect reinforcement  for good behaviour, but it can also be used as a lure.

read more

How to do the “Running Bunny” in Nosework

In the sport of nosework (or scent detection) dogs search for a target odor that has been secretly placed in each of the four
‘elements’.  Dogs must learn to search containers (like boxes or suitcases), interior spaces, exterior spaces and vehicles.  In a nosework trial, dogs can be asked to search any kind of vehicle.

read more

How to Socialize Your Puppy

Puppy socialization is something I think about a lot because I’m a trainer and I run puppy socialization classes here in Victoria
BC. But what socialization is, and how it can be accomplished is at the forefront of everything I do because I think it is misunderstood and mishandled by many new puppy owners.
What is Puppy Socialization Really?

read more

5 Keys to a Safe Halloween

I asked my students in class last night: what’s your plan for your puppy on Halloween? I got 6 blank stares. No one had thought about what to do with the dog! And because most of the dogs were new to their homes, owners and dogs had...

read more

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