Tag Archives: Zani

7 Great Benefits of Flirt Pole Play for You and Your Dog

Clara’s and Zani’s Experiences If you have been following the blog, you may have seen that Clara is an absolute maniac for the flirt pole. It is right up there with playing ball in her list of favorite things. I … Continue reading

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A Secret for Training Two Dogs

I think this is as close as I’ll ever come to a “how-to” blog. Here is my usual disclaimer: I am not a professional trainer and I have trained only my own dogs. But there is a secret to training … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Bopping the Wall

This is a video follow up to one of my more embarrassing posts: “Lumping It: A Public Service Announcement.” In that post I described, and showed in the video, how I repeatedly raised my criteria too quickly when trying to … Continue reading

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There is Hope: One Trainer’s Journey from Liverwurst to Kibble

Recently on a dog training Yahoo group, a trainer wrote about needing to use hot dogs and lunch meat to train her dog. She was dismayed that her dog wouldn’t work for kibble. She asked the group if she was … Continue reading

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Three Behaviors I’m Tempted to Punish, and Why I Don’t

Whoa there, friends. Don’t misquote me. Before I go any further, I want to clarify that I am talking about negative punishment. Negative punishment is the kind where you remove something the animal wants when they do an undesired behavior. … Continue reading

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High Speed Nosework

Just a little fun for the middle of the week. Clara can now find her ball anywhere in the yard in under a minute. I’m going to have to start burying it, or get a bigger yard. Or I know! … Continue reading

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Safety Behaviors: Down at a Distance and Recalls

These behaviors may save a dog’s life someday. Today I practiced two of our three main safety behaviors: coming when called, and dropping and staying at a distance. We left Zen, the third, for another day. Down on a hand … Continue reading

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Zen Generalization: Hole in the Fence

Sue Ailsby points out the Zen is one behavior that dogs tend to generalize well: Leave It for all manner of toddler Zen situations…; Leave It nicely gets my dogs out of the front hall when we have visitors; Leave … Continue reading

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Dog Faming 2: Their Gifts to Us

Who knew that four photos and five short paragraphs would be my most popular blog post so far? I didn’t start Dog Faming but I hope I have done a little bit to promulgate it. I think its time has … Continue reading

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Dog Faming

Many of you are probably familiar with the trend of “dog shaming.” It consists of taking a photo of your dog next to a sign describing a naughty thing they have done, preferably with evidence of the misdeed. I’m not … Continue reading

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