Category Archives: Human-Canine Bond

Begin with Wonder

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA Life with our dogs can be confusing sometimes. Life in general can be confusing. It’s true. The world is crazy. Our dog seems crazy. Maybe I’m going crazy. He’s growling. I’m yelling. We just want the bad … 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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Meditation and Dog Training

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA When I was a child I imagined I could communicate telepathically with my dog, Casper. I wanted to know what he was thinking and what he was trying to say to me, so I imagined it. … 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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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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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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Dog Bite Prevention

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA None of us expects our dogs to bite. Even folks who have dogs who’ve bitten before are still sometimes surprised by their dog’s behavior. The reason is simple. Most dogs don’t bite, and those who do … Continue reading

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Correcting Unwanted Behavior with Positive Reinforcement

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA It seems like a contradiction. How do we eliminate our dog’s misbehavior with positive reinforcement? The first step is to focus on what you want your dog to do rather than on what you don’t want … Continue reading

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How Dog Training Makes us Better Humans

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA I come to this work with few, if any, ulterior motives. I’m certainly not being manipulative, nor am I conducting any mad scientist experiments (benevolent or otherwise). I will admit, though, a bit of warm satisfaction … Continue reading

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