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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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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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Puppy Adolescence

Michael Baugh CDBC, CPDT-KSA They grow up so fast.  But honestly, some puppies just can’t grow up fast enough.  They go from cute to incorrigible in no time.  Then they seem to get stuck, for months, or for years. We … Continue reading

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‘Genius’ Misses the Mark

I cannot recommend The Genius of Dogs to anyone in good conscience.  That’s disappointing, since Brian Hare and his wife, Vanessa Woods actually turn some good phrases and tell some decent stories in the book.  It’s equally disappointing because Hare … Continue reading

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Food is not a Four Letter Word

Michael Baugh CPDT-KSA, CDBC The question isn’t whether or not you can train your dog with food.  That’s pretty much a no-brainer.  Author and long-time animal trainer Dr. Grey Stafford put it best.  “If you’ve ever fed your dog, you’ve … Continue reading

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My Dog Climbs the Fence

Michael Baugh CPDT-KA, CDBC Dear Trainer: Our dog, Zora, keeps climbing the fence! We live in a rented house so we don’t really have the option of changing or upgrading the fencing. We’ve lived here for over a year and … Continue reading

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Changing Your Dog’s Behavior

Michael Baugh CPDT-KA, CDBC Changing behavior is all about verbs, actions.  We can observe behavior in real space and time because it is physical and often includes movement.  We describe behavior with verbs.  He sits.  She runs.  They eat.  Remembering … Continue reading

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Real Dog Training is Cool

Michael Baugh, CPDT-KA, CDBC Real Dog Training is cool.  Don’t get me wrong, some TV trainers are okay.  Victoria Stillwell was a real reward-based trainer before she got her own show, and that convertible of hers is pretty darn cool.  … 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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