Our very own Dog Blog for training and the State of the Trade in The Age of Wingnuts and Zealots.
A collection of articles written by Linda Kaim on the State of Dog.
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Drive. It's a hot-button, poorly understood and frequently misused word in dog training. Dog trainers talk about building drive, channeling drive, switching drive, engaging drive, all sorts of things that simply determine what the dog is internally motivated by when...read more
I ran a single-question survey on my facebook page the other day. I asked folks to determine if they saw themselves as a dog parent or as a dog owner. I knew going in that the overwhelming answer would be biased towards dog owner because that is my belief, and the...read more
Are you rewarding chaos or calm in your dog? A nice woman wanted a companion for herself and her busy family. Something smallish, easy to groom, easy to keep. This wonderful lady became my client not because the pup was 'bad', but because they wanted to get started on...read more
Who is training your dog? Why it matters!read more
The New Year is creeping closer, and already the cash registers at every gym and fitness center on the planet is ringing. The murmurations of every overweight, soft, unfit, couch-riding over-eater can be heard for miles as they flock to the nearest sweatshop for...read more
What a trained dog starts to look like after only 5 weeks of work. Zwei is shown demonstrating the training skills he had learned in the first five weeks of a ten week program. He was just 13 months old. Up to the day this was filmed, Zwei's exposure to this kind of...read more
The winter is finally upon us. A little manic depressive behavior for all that, sub zero temperatures for over a week to days in the 60s and 70s. The dogs are struggling with the changes and so are the humans. It has made our training endeavors...interesting. Often we...read more
The many things training your dog in public prepares you for are endless. By the same token, there are some things you should prepare for when you venture away from familiar grounds and decide to take your dog training to the next level. I offer a limited-entry Basic...read more
http://youtu.be/PKG_RAn1feQ One might ask what making coffee has to do with training dogs, but I thought it was an interesting segue since I am constantly harping on my training students to "use it or lose it". A few 10 minute dog training sessions a day is pretty...read more
I know it's been a while since I updated the Zwei file, but summertime is busy here at Lionheart K9 and we barely have time to eat, let alone write! Zwei is now a substantial and well grown young lad. At just over 7 months, he is getting ready to debut at the...read more