The Power of Positive Reinforcement

Positive reinforcement is about more than simply giving your dog a treat when they perform a behavior correctly. Positive reinforcement encompasses how you think about and interact with your dog on a daily basis. The word yes is positive. Your voice rises in tone when you use it putting a smile in your voice. The […]


What’s In A Name?

Dogs have names just like people. We give our dogs’ their names to distinguish them from other dogs and often to suggest personality traits we see in our dogs. To a dog, however, a name is a command. It means “Hey you look at me and pay attention.” If we want our dog to move […]


The Problem with No

People are smart. We develop extremely complex languages and then use these languages in exceedingly intricate ways. Dogs, on the other hand are not this smart. Although dogs can understand very simple language, best delivered in one or two word phrases such as “sit” and “down,” they don’t understand any of the complexity of language. […]