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

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

Weekend Crate Training Plan

Dez KlippensteinBehavior, Training6 Comments

Crate training is seen in two lights; it is cruel to confine your dog to a kennel, and it is good for them to have their own safe place for down time. I believe that the crate is a great retreat for your pooch, as well as an amazing training tool. A few positive aspects to using a crate: Can … Read More

DNA Results Are In!

Dez KlippensteinMy Dogs, Rescue5 Comments

I finally sent in Kali and Nanu’s DNA tests and got the results just over a week later. I know many people are skeptical but I believe that they have some merit to them (as it is the same or very similar technology to a human DNA test). You can also purchase the tests from a variety of dog rescues … Read More

Project 48: 48 Dogs in 48 Hours

Dez KlippensteinHealth and Nutrition, RescueLeave a Comment

As most of you probably already know, I am DREAM‘s Spay/Neuter Program Coordinator. We were approached by Sagkeeng Spay Neuter Initiative Program (SSNIP) at the beginning of September asking us to partner with them on running the largest mobile spay/neuter clinic in Manitoba and we jumped on the opportunity. The two most important initiatives of DREAM are spay/neuter programs to help … Read More

Introducing a New Dog into Your Home

Dez KlippensteinBehavior, Training2 Comments

Hello! I have had a few fosters and adopters contact me recently about how they should introduce a new dog into their home, so I thought I would write about it today. Introducing a new dog into your home is a very important part of adopting or fostering. First and foremost, the meeting between the new dog and your current … Read More

Why Punishment Fails in Dog Training

Dez KlippensteinBehavior, TrainingLeave a Comment

As you all know, I am a Positive Reinforcement Dog Trainer, and am against any use of physical or verbal punishment. Scientific studies have proven that punishment fails in dog training, and here are just a few of the reasons why: The use of punishment is training your dog what NOT to do, while using positive reinforcement trains the dog … Read More

MUR Adoptable – Josie

Dez KlippensteinBehavior, My Dogs, Rescue2 Comments

Hi friends! I wanted to share about another beautiful adoptable from Manitoba Underdogs Rescue who has a soft spot in my heart, Josie. If it were up to me, I’d be adding Josie to my pack. Unfortunately my partner is at his dog limit (for now) so I have to settle for co-fostering Josie and helping with her training. Before … Read More