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Feeling Grumpy? Want to Train Your Dog?

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Thursday, December 10, 2015, In : Dog Training Tips 
Think twice.

We have good days, we have bad days. When you find yourself in a bad mood - please don't train your dog. It's likely you will be less tolerant and more likely to get frustrated with your dog.

Keep a supply of stuffed frozen Kongs or a special Bully stick handy for times when you need to give your dog something to do while you have some alone time.

Interacting with your dog should never be a chore or done in anger. Step back from training and resume when you are in a better frame ...


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Can I Hug Your Dog?

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Wednesday, November 18, 2015, In : Dog Training Tips 


   Relationships. We all have them. There are differences though. I 
don't have any problem at all with any of my family members walking up and hugging me.
 do have a problem with strangers or acquaintances doing the exact same thing. Why? I don't have the same relationship with them as I do with family members.

Think of this when a complete stranger or acquaintance wants to hug your dog or do something equally intrusive. 

Your dog forms relationships too.


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Is It Dominance? Is It Stubbornness?

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Thursday, September 24, 2015, In : Dog Training Tips 

 When you make the decision to change an unwanted behaviour your dog is likely going to exhibit the unwanted one more persistently for a period of time.

He does this not because he is fighting for leadership in your home but because the behaviour was successful in getting something he wanted. The behaviour worked.

Pulling to get to the tree; jumping to say hi; barking to make the scary thing go away.

You are changing the rules of the game when you decide to remove reinforcement for the unwant...


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I Use Food In Dog Training!

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Wednesday, August 19, 2015, In : Dog Training 


 
I was walking my almost 14 year old boy this morning, randomly offering a treat as we meandered. 

I began thinking about those who don’t believe in using food for training and some of their reasons for it. 

One of the big ones constantly brought up is the misguided belief that food will forever have to be used in order to get the desired behaviour. Food used correctly, is not a problem. Improper use of food in training is the problem.

For anyone who has taught a young child to ride a bike ...


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Dogs and Children

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, In : Dogs and Children 

So many families bring a dog into the home for the kids because it's a wonderful  experience - it can be. It can also be a bad experience for both parties.

Good relationships between children and dogs don't just happen. They develop over time. Each participant learning what to do and what not to do.
Parental guidance is essential at all stages from new puppy onward. Responsibilities assigned to your child/children change over time.
A 9 week old puppy has different needs and skills than a 6 mont...


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Do Dogs Understand Us?

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, In : Dog Training 




You bring your new puppy home and right away want to begin training your new puppy so you say “Fido! Come! Or “Spot, sit!”.
Everyone wants his or her new puppy to sit when asked or come running when called the first day the pup enters the home. 
Think about this for a moment.  

What language does your dog speak? English, French, Italian, Hebrew, Cantonese? The answer is, none of the above. Read more about why your dogs don’t understand what you say: “Dogs Don’t Speak English” – ...


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Too Much Dog Training Advice

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Friday, February 27, 2015, In : Dog Training 

     The day you bring your new puppy into your home, is the day everyone who has ever had a dog or knows someone who has or had a dog, will feel obligated to give you dog training advice :) This will likely continue for the duration of your dog's life as you meet and greet other dog owners in the park or on a walk. 

It can be reassuring at times, as you realize your dog is not the only one doing annoying adolescent stuff or that someone else's new puppy ate their shoes too. There is a sense ...


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Dog Training in Cold Weather

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Monday, October 20, 2014, In : Using Food in Dog Training 

The weather is changing. There are some days when I have already had gloves on. This can bring challenges to your dog training plan especially if you are working with a puppy, fearful or aggressive dog and your dog training plan includes counter conditioning and desensitization (in a nutshell - pairing something scary with something delicious. Always follow your dog trainer's plan as this can have unwanted results if not done correctly).

Training your dog in cold weather can be difficult. Fumb...
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Teaching Your Dog Cues (commands)

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Sunday, September 28, 2014, In : Dog Training 

    It's been my experience that most people don't have success with teaching dogs cues (commands) because they begin by assuming their dog understands the meaning of the word "come" or "sit" or even his name, along with the behaviour associated with the cue (command).
Before teaching any behaviour/cue you want your dog to do, take a step back and first think "gibberish". What do I mean by that? If you begin with words that makes no sense to you - you will have a better understanding of the po...

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School Days

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Saturday, August 16, 2014, In : Dog Training 


As summer nears an end and fall approaches, it's necessary to think of how your daily patterns will change. Older children may be heading off to university or college, younger ones will be heading to kindergarten, elementary school or high school – all with different time tables.
What was once predictable now becomes less predictable.
It can sometimes be quite a shock to your dog when all of a sudden, the house is empty for most of the day, the walk schedule is different, feeding time is earl...

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Overcoming Fear of Stairs

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Monday, August 4, 2014, In : Video 
Beardie has always struggled with new stimuli. These stairs are quite steep and new to him. The same type of stairs are indoors as well which created a bit of a problem as the bedroom we were staying in was on the second floor. My method of choice for him when faced with something new has always been to allow him to decide how much time and distance he needs to get comfortable with new stimuli. With a little low key encouragement, marking one paw forward toward the first step, and lots of ti...
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Jumping

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Monday, May 26, 2014, In : Dog Training 

Ask most dog owners one thing they'd like to change in their dog? Jumping at the door - on them and on guests. 
This can be a challenging behaviour to change if your dog has been doing it for a long time but it can be done.
You need the co-operation of the entire family.  It's confusing if some allow jumping and some don't. The way I get around that is to teach my dog to jump on the cue "hugs". I don't teach that until the jumping is under control though.
How to change this behaviour? First unde...

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I Don't Want To Use Food To Train My Dog

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, In : Dog Training 

It's not uncommon for me to hear people say" I don't want to use food to train my dog. He should do it because he respects me and I praise him".
I would like you to take a moment and think of people in your life. Who do you respect? Who do you do things for happily, willingly? Why?
Do you respect a person just because they demand it? Do you respect the boss who demands you work late, and then doesn’t recognize the extra effort you put in? If you had a choice, would you still do the work – j...

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Prong Collars and Punishment

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, In : Dog Training 

I overheard this the other day, while in a pet store, from a woman holding a prong collar in her hand: "It's not working. My dog is still pulling".
Most people who know me are well aware of my feelings about prong, choke and shock collars. I am not a fan of them. I do not use them or promote their use.
Punishment based training focuses on punishing the dog for unwanted behaviour when it occurs. The dog pulls – you apply the shock or jerk the leash to apply pressure so the prongs will dig into...

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Are The Dogs Really Okay?

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Thursday, February 13, 2014, In : Dog Training 


Dogs give us signals all the time about how they are feeling. We don’t always understand what they mean but they are always being given. 
We often misinterpret them – 1) he’s pulling on the leash, 2) he’s trying to go out the door first, 3) he’s yawning, 4) he’s looking guilty, 5) he’s being aggressive. 
More likely than not, you’re dog is actually saying 1) I want to sniff, you walk too slow 2) the door is open, let’s go 3) I’m not feeling comfortable in this situation, 4) ...

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Board & Train: To Do Or Not To Do

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, In : Dog Training 

Bringing a new puppy into your home is a big decision. One that should not be taken lightly. The first 18 months are labour intensive. It's essential to teach this new puppy how to live in our human world with our human expectations of what a dog should or shouldn't do. More often than not, we expect our puppy or dog, not to be a puppy or dog. We don't want them to dig, bark, chew, chase, sniff, walk slowly and so much more.
My opinion is when deciding to bring a new puppy, adolescent, adult o...
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Social Learning?

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Monday, January 27, 2014, In : Dog Training 



On today’s walk in the woods we came across a tree trunk which had fallen across the path. It was just as easy to go under as it was to go over. As we approached, I watched my Beardie to see what he was going to do as he had just jumped over a few other obstacles.
He sniffed up and down, above and below. Backed up a couple of steps, re approached and sniffed some more.
If I had to describe what I saw, I’d say he was deciding how to get to the other side: jump or duck under.
I decided to do a...

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Cold Weather Reward System

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, In : Using Food in Dog Training 


 

Sometimes the weather is just too cold to be removing gloves to get a treat for our dog. Reinforcement training in the cold weather months just goes out the window. Valuable training opportunities can be lost, especially for new puppies, when that input is so important. Try using a food tube. These are available in many stores which sell camping equipment as well as some online dog supply stores. I don't like the closure that comes with the tube so I use a handy dandy giant paper clip.
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Not Only Dog Training - What You Choose

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Sunday, December 29, 2013, In : Dog Training 

I was listening to the radio this morning. There was a guest on a talk show discussing organ donation and how it helped the family deal with a tragic situation and tremendous loss. One thing he said struck me. His grandfather taught him "it's not what happens to you, it's how you choose to deal with it".
What does that have to do with dog training? Nothing specific. What got me thinking is how living your life via that credo is valid for all aspects of life.
Personally, I prefer to live life wi...
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Stimulus Control? Do I Need It?

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Monday, December 16, 2013, In : Dog Training 

I don't do competitive dog training. I was interested in doing Rally with my Beardie but he isn’t suited for it, which is fine with me. I am very happy with simply having well-mannered family dogs. That is my focus with clients as well.
I don't demand or need perfection in the behaviour I ask of my dogs but it I do expect to get whatever behaviour I ask for.
If I did Rally with my dog, I would need to have certain behaviour under strict stimulus control.
What is it and why would I need it? Hav...

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Barking at the Front Door

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Saturday, December 7, 2013, In : Video 


Whether large or small, we want our dogs to stop barking when we ask. Training a new behaviour takes time, patience, and consistency. Here we are teaching the very first steps of what's called a positive interrupt cue which ultimately will be used when the dog is barking to let us know someone is at the door. When the dog hears the cue "thank you" she will know to go to her person and stops barking in the process. The dog gets a treat, the human gets silence! Everyone wins :)




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Winter Paw Care

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Monday, November 25, 2013, In : Dog Training 


Not everyone likes or wants to dress up their dog in full winter gear but do consider some kind of paw protection. Icy, salted sidewalks can be very painful for your dog's paws after a few minutes of walking on a cold day. Little balls of ice and snow can build up in between the pads. Keeping the fur trimmed can help but using boots or specially formulated "pastes" provide a barrier.
There are many pastes on the market including Mushers Secret and Invisible Boot. All you do is apply some to t...

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Training my Dog to "Follow Me" not Heel

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Thursday, November 7, 2013, In : Dog Training 


I can be a lazy dog owner sometimes, just like everyone else.

I’ve never taken the time to teach my Beardie how to walk politely when on leash. He walks well off leash so it’s never been a priority for me.  When I need to take him to a new area or think I need some control, I’ll put on his Sens-ible walking harness so he doesn’t pull while on a flat collar.
I’ve done what I’ll call “opportunistic training” which by my definition simply means I’ve reinforced him for position wh...

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Discoveries at Peaceable Paws

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Monday, October 28, 2013, In : Dog Training 

Ever since I embarked on my journey to become a dog trainer my desire to learn has increased exponentially. The more I do this, the more I want to learn. The more I learn, the more I want to learn. It’s a crazy cycle.
One of the many learning discoveries this week at Peaceable Paws was to realize, I had quite a few things in common with my shelter dog.
Anxiety is defined as “the distress or uneasiness of mind caused by apprehensive anticipation of future danger or misfortun...


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Training and Patience Pays in Dog Training

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Sunday, September 22, 2013, In : Dog Training 

Awesome dogs last night! I had a house full of people and after their initial inspection of guests as they arrived, they went to their respective areas and hung out. There was the occasional check in but other than that, you wouldn't have even known there were dogs in the house.
The time spent on good manners training pays off in a multitude of ways. 
When you are working with your dog, think of the behaviour you would like in the long run and do your best to reinforce when you see it. Include ...

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To My Dog: Thank You

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Friday, September 13, 2013, In : Aging 





On the eve of my little man’s 12th birthday I think of how big an impact he’s had on my life. It’s because of him I do what I do. The desire to learn more and more about dogs and dog behaviour and to become better and better at what I do are a direct result of bringing Rufus into my home at the age of 9 weeks.
I had spoken with a breeder who had a litter of puppies but they were spoken for. She agreed to see me anyway. I wanted to meet her and like all good breeders, she wanted to meet m...

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What's In A Name - Dog Name That Is

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Friday, September 6, 2013, In : Dog Training 

One of the most sacred things you will ever teach your dog is his name. Think about it. Without a good, solid response to his name – how are you going to get his attention when you need it? 
In order to keep it sacred it’s very important not to over use it. 
One of the first things I want to teach a new puppy is a good thing happens when you hear your name.  I do this by pairing the name with treats and other good things. I don’t use it if I ever need to reprimand or do something I think ...

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Why Did The Dog Cross The Street?

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Tuesday, August 27, 2013, In : Dog Training 



A while ago, when I was teaching classes, a client said she wanted to teach her dog to be able to wait for cars to pass until it was safe for the dog to cross.
I wasn’t quite sure if she meant while the dog was on her own or not.
Turns out, she did want to teach the dog to cross on her own.

While dogs are brilliant – I don’t think it’s possible to teach a dog to recognize and process all the elements that go into making that decision:
The speed of an approaching car, the distance to cross...

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Leash On / Leash Off

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Wednesday, August 21, 2013, In : Dog Training 

From the very beginning, I have trained my Beardie the leash is not a bad thing - there is no difference to him whether it is on or off. Sometimes it's dragging, sometimes I'm holding it, sometimes it's off.  If I have to call him back to re-leash, it is always followed by a game of tug, a few ball tosses or a cookie. Sometimes all three!
I never want him to learn the leash is the end of good times. It doesn't take long for a dog to learn once the leash goes on, the fun stops. 
For us, the le...


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The Universal Laws of Dog Behaviour

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Tuesday, August 6, 2013, In : Dog Training 


As I sat in a backyard, watching little munchkins (human ones) explore their environment I was reminded how much the laws governing behaviour are universal.

Karen Pryor wrote one of the best books on behavior, titled “Don’t Shoot the Dog”. It wasn’t written about how to train a dog but how to change the behavior of animals or people using the principles of training with reinforcement.
Briefly, a reinforcer is anything that tends to increase the probability a behavior will occur again. T...
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Behaviour Patterns in Dog Training

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, In : Dog Training 

A long time ago I was teaching my dog to pause at street corners, until given permission to cross. I thought I did a pretty good job - until I realized I had fallen into a common training trap.
I hadn't actually taught him to wait for the release but did train him to wait about 4 seconds before crossing :)
Humans fall into patterns of behaviour very quickly and easily. I had fallen into a pattern of waiting for a specific amount of  time without realizing it.  My dog sure knew though!  One day ...

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Fireworks Training Tips For Your Dog

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Friday, June 28, 2013, In : Dog Training 

Fireworks and dogs don't always get along. Even if you have a new puppy who doesn't react to the sounds or flashes of light - ensure you play with your pup during the fireworks or feed super yummy goodies so he will continue to have a positive association with the event. It's not unusual for a fear of fireworks to show up around the 4 year mark.
Avoid bringing your dog along to watch the show. Have some relaxing music on such as Through A Dog's Ear cd's. Use calming aids such as D.A.P or a Thu...

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Rewards or Reinforcement In Dog Training

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Monday, June 24, 2013, In : Using Food in Dog Training 

Treats. Do any research on dog training methods and inevitably you will come across articles for and against using food in training.  I often hear people say dogs shouldn't do things because you have food with you, they should do it for praise alone.
The argument that comes up the most is - I don't want to have to carry treats with me all the time.
When used correctly - you don't.

I don't even use the word "treat" when discussing dog training and reinforcement. To me that word implies something ...
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Impulse Control Dog Training

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, In : Video 

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Expecting Good Manners of My Dogs

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Monday, June 10, 2013, In : Dog Training 


I think worries about our dogs can be much like with our children - and I don't like comparing one to the other.
When my kids were little I wanted to know they were well mannered when at friends houses. The reports back were always good. Lots of "please" and "thank you" were offered at the appropriate times. They were polite and respectful.
Good to know because with little ones, you can never be 100% sure when they are not at home. God help the mom if she put anything foreign on the KD or didn...

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The Cottage and Your New Puppy

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Thursday, June 6, 2013, In : Dog Training 

More and more I am hearing conversations about travel up to a cottage, somewhere beautiful, serene, often bordering a lake. Sounds amazing!
We see ripples on the water, hear birds chirping, gaze upon green rolling hills. 

Dogs see lots of new spaces, far and near, to explore, they discover the wildlife (skunks, porcupines, gophers, raccoons, horses, deer, goats, coyote), experience tics and fleas ☺
While dogs don’t appear to be sensitive to poison ivy, they can transmit it to you if they hav...

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Avoid Training Your Dog to be a Picky Eater

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Thursday, June 6, 2013, In : Dog Training 

When it comes to feeding, I treat my dogs the same way I did my children. Here is your meal. If you don't want to eat it, you will need to wait until the next meal. Not that I feed the same item - just I'm not going to prepare something special until you decide you like it. 

Right now, there is a turkey neck in the back yard that Beardie isn't eating. No problem. I will likely give him something else at dinner.
If your dog turns up their nose at the occasional meal, it's not a big deal if they ...

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Dog Training Tip: Keep it Interesting

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Saturday, June 1, 2013, In : Dog Training Tips 


Are you falling into a training trap? Always asking your dog for the same things over and over?

Think of all the behaviours your dog knows -for example: sit, down, wait, stay, roll over, touch, bow, etc. They can even be combinations of behaviours - such as: sit/stay while you walk around your dog. Mark them down on small index cards and put them in a bowl or some other type of container.
Before you go out for a walk or put the food dish down, grab a card out of the bowl and ask for that behavi...
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Place Train Your Dog!

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Friday, May 31, 2013, In : Dog Training 
The value of down/stay on a mat is very handy when you drop a glass on the floor and need to clean up shattered glass. I discovered that today when I dropped a glass jar on the floor. Glass shards flew all over the kitchen floor!
I cued my dogs to go to their mats and stay. I reinforced every few minutes alternating between praise and dropping a treat between their paws as they held their positions.
I was able to successfully clean up all the shards and my dogs were successful at maintaining th...
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Watching My Dog Getting Older

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Monday, May 27, 2013, In : Aging 



Today I had a very nice walk with my two guys and a friend and her dog. It was the first time I saw my older one having a bit of a difficult time. He was walking slowly and pausing quite a bit. At two points I had to pick him up to give his legs a rest.
He has luxating patella in both back legs which up until recently wasn't a huge issue. I see now the arthritis must be getting worse and mobility is an issue.
I suppose there is no good way to prepare for the slowing down of your "heart" dog. It...

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Digging Dogs!

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Sunday, May 26, 2013, In : Dog Training 



Want to avoid this? Create a legitimate digging spot in your backyard and teach your dog to dig only there. Decide whether you want to create a particular spot in the yard or use an old sandbox or other container which you can put dirt into.
Bury some delicacies (frozen Kong, favourite chews or toy) You can fill old paper towel holders with treats, seal the ends up and bury that too. Be creative!

The first couple of times you can have your dog watch you bury something so he knows where to sniff...

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Leash Walking Mini Tip

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, In : Dog Training Tips 

In order to prevent the harsh jerking on your dog's collar when walking, make sure your leash arm is 'anchored', either by looping your thumb in your pants, keeping your hand in your pocket or ensuring your hand/arm remains fixed against your belly via an invisible hook :) If you want to make it very easy......use a hands free leash and never put your hands on it.

My default position is hand on my belly. I spend a lot of time with clients teaching them how to keep their hands from interfering ...
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How To Teach Fetch to Your Dog

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Friday, April 19, 2013, In : Dog Training 




Playing fetch with your dog is so much fun but it's important to know how to teach it as it's not as simple as you think :)

There are many steps to the game: 1) chase the ball  2) pick up the ball 3) hold the ball in your mouth 4) run back to me 5) drop the ball.

There are many ways to teach it. The following way is very easy and presumes your dog enjoys playing with toys. Not all do.

The first thing to teach is “drop”. If your dog has that skill you can begin as described below. If not, you...
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Spring Dog Training!

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, In : Dog Training 
Try to keep training fun!  Spring is on the way, the snow is melting. Now is a great time to take your dog's skills on the road! This is a super easy way to work on skills. You can do it anywhere.
When out for walks with your dog, keep it interesting by using lamp posts or fire hydrants or every other driveway as a spot to stop and ask for a different behaviour. It's a great way to practice sit/ down/ target/ stay/ name/ mini recalls - the list is endless.
It's also a great way to teach your do...
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Train Your Dog to Wait at the Stairs

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Monday, March 25, 2013, In : Video 


Teaching your dog to wait at the bottom and top of the stairs while you go up or down is an important skill - especially if you have small children. It's an easy skill to teach and can prevent your child from being knocked over by an excited dog! 



  



 

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Fallout of Punishment Based Dog Training

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Sunday, March 24, 2013, In : Dog Training 


I don't normally blog about this type of thing but I am going to. The debate between training methods is a never ending one. I am not writing this to debate whether one method is better than another. I am simply expressing my opinion.

While I don't believe there is such a thing as training without any type of punishment (removing attention is punishment for some dogs) I do think people must be made more aware of the fallout of force based, power trip training. And yes, I am judging here by usi...
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The Dog Trainer Becomes the Student

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Monday, January 28, 2013, In : Dog Training 

Knowledge is a wonderful thing. I am passionate about sharing what I know about training dogs. I love to help others realize force, pain, fear and intimidation have no place in training animals of any sort.

I have taught both group classes as well as one on one training. I enjoy both environments. One thing I realized is common to both situations is my need to be cognizant of speaking with people who do not have the same knowledge of the subject or vocabulary which often goes with it.

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Dog Training Opportunities

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, SitStayLearn on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, In : Dog Training Tips 

I tend to take advantage of opportunities to train. Some of the best for me are just before meals, right after the dog's nap and upon returning home after being out for a period of time. I find the dogs are really willing to work at those times. You don't need to do a lot of work at these times just small bits and bites of training. I find these times are great for working on "come" as the dog is excited to see me after an absence or just before their meal time. 

Another way to take advantage ...

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Your Dog Is Not Your Adversary

Posted by SitStayLearn on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, In : Dog Training 

While out on my evening walk with the dogs, I came across a guy walking his Weimaraner. Fortunately he was on the other side of the street. I say fortunately as this is the same guy who brought me to tears when I observed him interacting with his lovely dog a few months ago. The dog was/is on a tight prong collar and was horribly fearful of his abusive owner when I saw him months ago and clearly nothing has changed. This poor dog was punished for wanting to greet my dog as well as two others....

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Have Fun With Dog Training!

Posted by SitStayLearn on Friday, October 19, 2012, In : Dog Training Tips 

I just had a fun training session!  I began in the backyard where there are less distractions, to get the dogs in the game. Then I took it on the road and practiced on our walk. I made a point of giving all cues in a whisper - we did sit, down, stay, touch, get it, bring, drop, heel, go sniff, leave it. My dogs responded just as they do when I use my regular voice!

If you always train your dog using the same tone of voice, you may find in an emergency, where you tend to use a louder voice, yo...
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Is Your Dog Ready For Winter?

Posted by SitStayLearn on Friday, October 19, 2012, In : Dog Training 

Nobody wants to think of this yet but it's going to happen before you know it! Rain, slush, mud, snow and lots of road salt. Whether you have a new puppy or and older dog and are thinking of using some type of boot or coat, the process is the same. Yes, you can simply slap on a coat or boots on your dog. You will probably end up struggling and it will not be fun for anyone. On the other hand, you can take time to teach your pup or dog to enjoy the process!

It's not difficult at all!

Ensure you...
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Tug is a Great Reinforcer for Dog Behaviour

Posted by SitStayLearn on Thursday, October 18, 2012, In : Dog Training 

My Bearded Collie loves to tug. Before you engage in a real game of tug it's important to teach a few rules that go along with the game.

Most important teach a solid "drop" or "give". After that the rules of tug are as follows:

  • The toy belongs to you. It is kept in a drawer or other place where the dog cannot get it.

  • Play does not begin until you say so.  It's not a rule based on "power" or "dominance" but based on safety. You do not want your dog to engage in a game of tug with a child or oth...

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Be On The Same Page As Your Dog For Successful Dog Training

Posted by SitStayLearn on Monday, October 1, 2012, In : Dog Training 

Today was a beautiful fall day. The sun was shining, the air fresh.
My older dog is considered a bomb proof dog. I can bring him anywhere and he will be 100% comfortable with that. I can go out, and regardless of where I go I am confident that there will be no issues.  I can walk down the busiest street, sirens blaring, children yelling, and my boy will walk happily, tail loose and waggy, enjoying his time with me.
My younger dog, Joey, is the total opposite. He is now 4 years old and has had ...

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How to Find The Time To Train Your Dog

Posted by SitStayLearn on Saturday, September 15, 2012, In : Dog Training Tips 

Can’t find the time to train? Life too hectic? Too much to do?
We all have good intentions. Sometimes life just gets in the way. We put off what we know we should do. 
When it comes to dog training, we all want a well behaved dog but it can be difficult to find the time to teach the dog what we want. They won’t figure it out by themselves, as much as we’d like to think so.

One thing we all do – is go to the bathroom……….
What???? What has that got to do with dog training???? Are you ...

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Dog Training Methods. It's Your Choice.

Posted by SitStayLearn on Wednesday, August 8, 2012, In : Dog Training 

I do not compete with my dogs. I am your average dog owner with more than average knowledge about dog behaviour.

I began my quest for information about dogs and training when I got my first dog, as an adult in my own home, 10 years ago. I like doing things “right” so I often try to learn as much as I can when I undertake something new.In this case it was what to do with a new puppy.I had dogs growing up but didn’t have much to do with them other than promise I would walk and occasionally...
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How Well Trained Is Your Dog?

Posted by Janis Mikelberg on Friday, May 25, 2012, In : Dog Training 

A well trained dog. What does that mean to you? I am a dog trainer by profession. I do not participate in competitions of any kind nor show my dogs in conformation. 
When people find out I am a dog trainer, the next words are often "Your dogs must be perfect". Most people assume my dogs are "perfectly" trained. 
What is "perfect"? How do you define it? In my opinion, there should be no perfect, especially in terms of dog training. Everyone has their own standards and expectations.
The expectatio...
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Not All Dog Trainers Are The Same

Posted by SitStayLearn on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, In : Dog Training 

Private dog training isn’t cheap. I can remember looking around, asking friends if they had used a dog trainer or knew of one. At the time I had a new puppy and wasn’t sure what to do with him!  I had dogs as a kid but like many families, my mom and older brothers did most of the work. All I had to do was play with them.I had purchased a couple of books but I didn’t feel it was enough. I am predominantly a visual learner but I like to read “how to” also. Those two met...


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