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

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

Resource Guarding – Part 2

Dez KlippensteinBehavior, TrainingLeave a Comment

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

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

Getting Involved in Animal Rescue

Dez KlippensteinGeneral, RescueLeave a Comment

Interested in getting involved in the animal rescue world but not quite sure how? As most of you already know, I am very involved in the Manitoba dog rescue world. When I started out, I knew that I wanted to do something to help but lived in an animal free apartment so I couldn’t foster or adopt. I began by … Read More

MUR Adoptables – Fia “Leave It”

Dez KlippensteinRescue, TrainingLeave a Comment

Hello again! Last week I talked about Manitoba Underdogs’ Adoptable, Fia. In addition to her separation anxiety, Fia was also having issues of counter surfing and garbage can diving. These are common behaviors found in any dog. The first step in fixing this behavior was for Fia’s foster mom to take away all of the temptations. Move the garbage outside, … Read More

Clicker Training!

Dez KlippensteinTraining4 Comments

Hey there! So, I’ve just started experimenting with the clicker. I am doing some behavior shaping with Kali and Nanu and thought I would try it out. So far they seem to be really responding to it! Clicker training is a method used to mark a desired behavior, an alternative to a verbal marker like “YES.” Many trainers use the … Read More