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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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Seeing it From Your Dog’s Point of View

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA Phenomenology is one of my favorite geek words. It’s the study of subjective experiences, how another individual perceives the world from his or her point of view. It’s also the philosophical study of other being’s awareness … Continue reading

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Mindful Dog Training – Showing Up

Michael Baugh CDBC, CPDT-KSA I once wrote that I fell in love with my dog, Juno, while we were practicing “stay.” We were across the room from each other at a busy training class. She was a good 20-feet away, but we … Continue reading

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The Allure of Punishment

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA I’ll start with a bold statement of my opinion. It is normal for us humans to feel compelled to punish our dogs when they do something we don’t like. Normal. Punishment, by definition, makes the behavior … 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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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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Positive Thinking – Positive Training

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA You know the look they give us. They cock their head and flash those weary eyes. It’s as if they are saying, “For God’s sake human what are you thinking?” It’s the way our dog, Stewie, … Continue reading

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Is Love Enough?

Michael Baugh CDBC, CPDT-KSA For those of us who know dogs, really know them, the love comes easily.  And for those involved in the hard and difficult work of rescue and sheltering, there is no shortage of love.  It’s what … 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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