Category Archives: Houston Dog Blog

Play Biting Hurts Too

Michael Baugh, CPDT-KA, CDBC You don’t need a dog trainer to tell you this, but I will anyway.  Getting bitten by a dog hurts, and putting the word “play” or “puppy” in front of it doesn’t make it hurt any … Continue reading

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Just Say Yes!

It’s a joke among us dog lovers.  “My dog thinks his name is No.”  We might as well just admit it; we spend a whole lot of time and energy telling our dogs “no.”  We say “no” to this and … Continue reading

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Freedom to Learn

Michael Baugh, CPDT-KA, CDBC Give this a try when you’re training your dog.  Leave room for him to make mistakes.  Experimenting with failing can actually help your dog learn.  It also leads to more creative thinking. The classic example is the … Continue reading

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A Culture of Learning

Michael Baugh, CPDT-KA, CDBC Folks ask all the time, “How often should I train my dog?”  I’d like to be able to say every day, all day; your dog is always learning.  But people want structure so instead I recommend … Continue reading

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Learning is a Click Away

Michael Baugh, CPDT-KA, CDBC It’s not rocket science but, sure enough, it’s science.  That may be the coolest thing about clicker training.   There’s hard core science behind it.  Okay maybe that’s the second coolest thing.  Number one is how … Continue reading

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Psyching Out Your Dog

Michael Baugh, CPDT-KA, CDBC Something funny happens when your dog starts to get good at learning.  She can tell when you are in training mode and when you are not.  Basically she knows when the reinforcement is available compared to … Continue reading

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Puppy Biting Hurts

Michael Baugh, CPDT-KA, CDBC Biting hurts.  And puppy biting can hurt a lot. It’s sometimes relentless and in some cases it’s pretty scary. But puppy biting is also 100% normal.  In fact, it’s a necessary part of puppy development. Young … Continue reading

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Four Things You Need to Teach Your Puppy (Right Away)

  Michael Baugh, CPDT-KA, CDBC Puppies are great fun.  But there’s work to be done too.  Here are four essential things you need to teach your puppy right away. Poop and Pee here not there.  Here are the rules of … Continue reading

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