Category Archives: Human-Canine Bond

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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Better Than a Stuffed Dog

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA “What you want is a stuffed dog.”  It’s cynical dog trainer humor. When friends, relatives, and even some clients list the qualities they want in their dog we fire off that zinger. They want a dog … Continue reading

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10 Practical Reasons to Teach Your Dog “Sit”

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA “Sit” may be one of the most undervalued things we teach our dog. Everyone teaches it, and just about every dog can get really good at it. So, let’s start applying it in situations that count. This … Continue reading

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Dogs on Hold

As many of you know, Tim, Stella, Stewie and I are planning to move to Norway this month.  It has been my job to prepare the dogs for the transatlantic journey.  I’ve also been making the necessary arrangements for their … Continue reading

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Touch Me Not

Michael Baugh CPDT-KSA, CDBC It’s one of the most uncomfortable things for us trainers to say to a client.  I am always looking for the kindest and most tactful way to say it.  “I don’t think your dog really enjoys … Continue reading

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