Potty Train Any Dog

Potty training, along with loose leash walking, are two of the more difficult things for owners to teach their dogs. At least in my experience. In this blog post I’m going to discuss a book that help with potty training a dog of any age, any breed, along with a couple of my own tips. I have had to read these as part of my trainer studies and found them to be really super helpful. Very highly recommended, let’s take a look.
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Beware Of Misinformation!

I’ve been meaning to do a blog post about this subject for a while now. And I’m finally getting to it. In the dog training world, there’s a lot of myths and scams. In this article I want to address some of the most common, and share some of my personal experiences with the misguided, the new-agers, and the scammers, who are spreading misinformation and flat out lies, either knowingly for money and fame, or unknowingly out of shear ignorance and laziness. Read More…

The "Touch" Command

One of the first things I teach new dog owners is the Touch command. It can be so helpful in so many situations, and to teach other commands with. It’s very simple, easy to teach, and gets you and your dog off on a positive experience with training. Even if you dog knows a kazillion commands already, if they don’t know touch, you’ll want this in your training toolbox. Use as a distraction when working with unwanted behaviors, as a guide when teaching more complicated behaviors like crawling under obstacles or guiding around obstacles. Plus, it’s just fun to show people a trick that doesn’t need any space or equipment. So let’s look into how this is done.

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Busting The Dominance/Pack Myths

Many trainers, behaviorists and dog owners today are still buying into an old, outdated, and very flawed myth about dominance and pack mentality in domesticated dogs and wild wolves. In this blog post I’m going to explain the truth and bust those old myths, based on irrefutable science.
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Just "Be" With Your Dog

I have been doing something with my dog since reading an article on caring for dogs who are terminal (illness, old age, but their days are numbered, they're not in great health). It said to just be there for them. Sit with them, lie down with them, you don't have to do anything, just be there next to them while they nap, or relax. The point was that the dog does NEED are food, water, etc, but what they WANT is you, their family, more than the food and water and stuff. It got me to thinking...
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The Old Shirt Technique

OK, I've taught folks this method for dealing with anxiety when leaving a dog home alone, or traveling, or whatever, but never had need to do it myself. You know, take an old piece of clothing, leave it in their kennel or on the couch or in their dog bed, so they can smell you. Well... let me share with you an experiment I did the past two weeks.
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Haqihana Harnesses

I just got Luna Belle a new harness. A Haqihana 2H harness to be exact. And I got a leather line from them, also. I’ll talk about the leash in another blog post. Now, I have to say, it took me a tad bit to figure it out. Even after watching their video on how to adjust it. The video was a 1H, the second belly strap kept confusing me. But after a little bit I got it figured out. I've put it on Luna Belle a few times now. We’ve been out walking with it, both on and off leash, and I am blown away.
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Learning Never Stops, Ever!

As a professional I am always learning and working to understand dog language and behavior more and more. I try new techniques with Luna Belle all the time. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been trying out three new behaviors with her. In this blog post, I’ll share what I did and what I observed and how it has changed my interactions with Luna Belle. Read More…

SwiftPaws Product Review

SwiftPaws Home Original kit is a system to help train dogs for Fast CAT competition and/or to simply give them some exercise. I’ve had mine for about two weeks now and wanted to report on what our experience has been with it. Up front, I purchased mine, it was not given to me, I receive no endorsements from SwiftPaws, so this is a very honest review.

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Classic Kong Is More Than A Toy

I’m sure everyone knows what the Kong Classic toy is. If not click here. It’s a heavy duty, non-toxic toy you fill with treats, then your dog spends time using their brain and brawn together to get the treats out. It comes in six sizes to best suit your dog. But have you ever thought about using the Kong Classic as a training tool? You can!

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Products I Personally Use

As a professional dog trainer, and long time dog owner, I am asked about specific products and brands. Now, there’s a lot of garbage on the Internet right now about dogs. Videos and articles making false claims just so we’ll be duped into buying some over priced whatever which will fix an issue no one really has and that we really don’t need in the first place. I am a skeptic, show me the science, show me data, verified information, not advertising copy written to sound all technobabble and such. So, here we go, what I personally use with my dogs, past and present, that I feel good enough about to recommend publicly.

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Hand Signals

I am a firm advocate of teaching hand signals along with verbal commands from the very beginning. There are so many situations where they come in handy, and it helps to reinforce the basic command training, also. Plus, it expands the abilities of you and your dog to communicate with each other.

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Bonding With Your Dog

Creating a strong bond with your dog is vital to a happy, healthy life with them. There are a few things that help strengthen that bond and they are important to consider and practice throughout the entire life of your pup-pup. Let’s take a look at some of them.


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K9 Dental Care Guide

Dogs need proper care for their teeth, just like humans do. A little effort today will save major medical bills and bad health issues down the road. Plus, dental disease has been scientifically linked to other diseases in the body, just like in humans. Good dental health is proven to contribute to a longer, healthier life, for both dogs and humans. In this blog post I’ll go over what you need to know about your pup-pup’s dental care.


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The German Shepherd’s Creed:

Life lessons my GSD Luna Belle has taught me this past year of living with her.

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Caring For K9s In The Summer Heat

The summer heat normally is a major health issue for humans. According to WebMD, about 6,000 people a year seek emergency treatment for heat illnesses.

And for dogs it’s the same, if not worse, because they can’t shed off internal heat as well as humans can. Let’s look at how a dog’s body works with heat and how we can help protect them from overheating.


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Why Do Some Dogs Run Away & Some Don't?

There are very solid reasons why some dogs run away and some dogs do not. I was sparked to further research and write about this subject by two recent clients who asked, and by the shocking number of runaway dogs I see locally in my area on the Nextdoor social media site. So here’s the scoop, but first I’ll use Luna Belle as an example. Mind you, I put in the required work! A dog is work, a lot of work and money, but the rewards are simply amazing and beautiful.

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The New FETCH.training Blog!

Welcome to the new FETCH.training blog!

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