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

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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

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

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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

Resource Guarding – Part 2

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Hi everyone! I will write about some alternate forms of resource guarding today, focusing on food. Resource guarding is a normal behavior for a dog, especially if they grew up in a situation where they had to fight for their possessions. This behavior can range from relatively tame behavior, like running away with a coveted item or growling at an approaching … Read More

Resource Guarding – Ginny

Dez KlippensteinBehavior, Training1 Comment

Today, my good friend asked me for some advice on resource guarding. There are many different types of resource guarding so I thought I would make this into a two part series. Meet Ginny, an adorable 6 year old Lhasa Apso, Poodle mix. who her mom describes as “sensitive, competitive, vocal and very bossy, but sweet and snuggly when she’s … 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

MUR Adoptable – Abby – Separation Anxiety

Dez KlippensteinBehavior, Rescue, Training1 Comment

Hi Friends! Today I am going to introduce another dog, Abby, that I worked with from Manitoba Underdogs Rescue. Abby suffers from separation anxiety, which is fairly common and can often result in some destruction or escaping from the home. We want the bond between us and our pets to be strong, but sometimes the dog can become too dependant … Read More