Sit and Stay There!

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Our new round of classes is starting at Wooftopia next week and we hope you are as excited as we are. Whether you want your dog to be more obedient, or your trying something new like agility, I want to discuss the importance of the command “stay”. We see people struggle with their dogs to get them to sit and … Read More

Puppy Training Basics

Dez KlippensteinBehavior, Rescue, TrainingLeave a Comment

Hey there! Sorry it has been so long since I last wrote anything! I have been getting quite a few questions from recent puppy adopters about some of the basics so that is what I will be writing about today. I mean really, who doesn’t love a puppy? First of all I want to mention a common mistake that is … Read More

Is Your Dog Trying To Be The Alpha? Doubt It!

Dez KlippensteinBehavior, Training3 Comments

Unfortunately many trainers still believe in the dominance/alpha theory. This is harmful because it prevents owners from understanding what their dog is actually trying to tell them. This “dogs are wolves” theory started in the late 1960s. The underlying meaning is that because dogs and wolves are the same species, they must behave the same way. A man by the … Read More

“Squirrel? WHERE?!?” Training a Reliable Recall

Dez KlippensteinBehavior, Rescue, Training2 Comments

Does your dog come when called? Let me rephrase the question. Does your dog come when called immediately, no matter where you are,what you are doing, or what is around you? The majority of the dog owning population will say that generally their dog comes to them when called inside the house, or in the yard, but not as much … Read More

Dogs: Not Too Cool For School

Dez KlippensteinBehavior, General, TrainingLeave a Comment

Scenario 1: You just got a new puppy or adult dog and think, “I won’t do classes with this one because I did with the last one and I still have the notes.” Scenario 2: You have had your dog for years and you think, “I’ve had my dog for 5 years, I don’t need to take any classes now.” … Read More

Setting Your Dog up for Success

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How is your dog training going? It your dog succeeding in whatever you are teaching him? If not, perhaps you are doing too much too fast or using the wrong treats. Setting Your Dog up for Success REMEMBER, starting small and setting your dog up for success is the key to training. Start inside, where your dog will be completely … Read More

Brain Games for Dogs

Dez KlippensteinBehavior, My Dogs, TrainingLeave a Comment

How do you exercise your dog? Do you exercise their brain too? Mental stimulation is just as important as physical exercise. Throughout history, dogs have been bred to have jobs. Sure, most of our pets aren’t working dogs, but none the less they still need something to do to keep busy. Dogs that are heavily exercised but lack outlets for … Read More

Collars, Collars, Collars

Dez KlippensteinBehavior, My Dogs, Training2 Comments

As you already know, I am a Positive Reinforcement (Force-Free) Dog Trainer. Something I see ALL of the time is people using abrasive collars on their dogs such as pinch, choke, or shock collars. As a PRDT, I do not use, nor train people to use, these methods as it is scientifically proven to be detrimental to your dog’s training … Read More