Author Archives: Michael Baugh

Fireworks Safety for Dogs

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA Most dogs are at least mildly afraid of the sound of fireworks. Some are more frightened. A few are downright terrified. No matter where your dog falls on the scale. It’s important to help your dog stay calm … Continue reading

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How We Feed Our Dogs Can Make Them Smarter

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA Feeding our dogs from enrichment toys, toys that dispense food, can actually make them smarter. It definitely seems to make them happy. Puzzling out the food inspires activity and thought. A lot of trainers liken it to the … Continue reading

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Three Keys to Coming when Called

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA Dog trainers like to say that coming-when-called is an odds game. If you called your dog right now, what are the odds he’d come? Would you place a bet on it? How much. Now, what if your … Continue reading

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Speed Up Your Training

We want stuff fast: food, coffee (definitely coffee), replies to our emails – the faster the better, right? We want to feel better quickly, advance in our careers quickly, stop being sad and get happy – quickly. We’re in a … Continue reading

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Breathing for Dog Trainers

We are under pressure. Our dog’s behavior is dangerous. We need to change it. We’re in a hurry. We have no time. The only comfort we have, if there is any to be found, is that we are not alone. So … Continue reading

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Five Training Fouls to Avoid

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT We do our best teaching (training) when we set our dogs up to succeed. We make it easy for our dogs to get it right – to perform the tasks we want to reinforce. Once we build … Continue reading

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Human Centered Dog Training

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA Yes, good dog training is mostly about teaching the human. And, there’s absolutely no shame in that. All the stuff our dogs do, their behavior, is largely influenced by their external environment. Some would say behavior … Continue reading

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Seeing it From Your Dog’s Point of View

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA Phenomenology is one of my favorite geek words. It’s the study of subjective experiences, how another individual perceives the world from his or her point of view. It’s also the philosophical study of other being’s awareness … Continue reading

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Mindful Dog Training – Showing Up

Michael Baugh CDBC, CPDT-KSA I once wrote that I fell in love with my dog, Juno, while we were practicing “stay.” We were across the room from each other at a busy training class. She was a good 20-feet away, but we … Continue reading

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Dogs are Good

Back in graduate school for becoming a counselor we had to write a position paper that addressed a pivotal question. Are people inherently good or are we flawed, destined by our very nature to ill will, crime, and other malfeasance? … Continue reading

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