Heart Coherence – a moral dial for making dog training choices?

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“We owe it to them (dogs) to learn the most effective and gentle ways to train them. We have a responsibility as their mentors to educate ourselves on how they learn and how to best train them. Quite frankly, culturally, we have an absolutely horrible training model.” – Robert Milner A few weeks ago I attended a six day seminar … Read More

Swedish Dog Trainer Runs Experiment using Shock Collars to Train People

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Just became aware of this. This is great for the “but I put it on my arm and it doesn’t hurt” crowd. In the first experiment, the trainer first checks people’s reactions to the shock collar at different levels on people’s hands and arms before moving on to the neck.http://www.auf-den-hund-gekommen.net/-/experiment1.html In the second, he attempts to “train” people to do … Read More

Another vicious diatribe against a dog training franchise

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Last year, I happened to notice a dog training company called Sit Means Sit popping up everywhere around town. Out of curiosity, I investigated and learned that they were part of a larger franchise. I read into their methods, viewed videos, and researched the process of becoming a Sit Means Sit franchisee. I found myself enraged and published an, er, … Read More

My Encounter with Sit Means Sit Austin

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Here are some notes from my encounter with Sit Means Sit Austin. These notes are purely subjective and how I remember it. I am attempting to be completely honest about how it went down, and I apologize if anyone else saw it differently. I stormed up to the Sit Means Sit booth and there’s no doubt in my mind I … Read More

9 Steps to a Happy Dog & Family “Cheat Sheet” + new website sections

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9 Steps to a Happy Dog & FamilyI’ve posted this new two page “cheat sheet” in which I’ve basically distilled the concepts that I think, when implemented, help avoid/curtail dog behavior problems and maximize the strength of the dog/owner relationship. Additionally, the chart includes several suggestions on how to implement most of the steps. I strongly believe that if you … Read More