Category Archives: How Dogs Learn

What Gets in the Way of Training

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA I’ve been thinking a lot about why people don’t train their dogs. It’s one of those Holy Grail questions for professional dog trainers and behavior consultants. Why won’t my clients do what I tell them to do? … Continue reading

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Make it Stop

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA More than anything, we humans just want out dogs’ unwanted behavior (i.e. “bad” behavior) to stop. Barking. Make it stop. Biting. Make it stop. Jumping, running, digging, you name it. We want it to stop. So, … Continue reading

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When to Start Training Your New Puppy

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA I get this question a lot. “When should I start training my new puppy?” My answer is the same every time. “Now. Right now.” It is never too early to start teaching a puppy how to … Continue reading

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The Hurricane Dog Training Challenge

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA Hurricane season ends November 30th, and not a moment too soon. This season was particularly brutal, with three major hurricanes hitting U.S. shores in less than a month. The most impactful for us in Houston, of … Continue reading

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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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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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