Category Archives: Human-Canine Bond

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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Just Plain Ordinary Dogs

Michael Baugh CPDT-KSA, CDBC It always comes down to this for me.  Would I live with that dog?  You see, I don’t endorse dogs for adoption lightly; that’s bad business for dog trainers.  If I’m going to put my name … Continue reading

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Where the Magic Happens

Michael Baugh CPDT-KSA, CDBC The place is about 25 minutes north of where anyone ever really goes.  It’s out past where the road narrows to one lane in each direction.  It’s where the houses are more spread out, too far … Continue reading

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Good Days and Tad Days

Michael Baugh CPDT-KA, CDBC Seriously, most of my days are good days.  My best days are Tad days. It takes me a little more than an hour to get to the clinic where Tiffany and Tad work. On the way … Continue reading

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In Tad We Trust

Michael Baugh CPDT-KA, CDBC I get to see Tad again tomorrow, and the anticipation has had me thinking about the brilliant truth of teaching and learning. Given the right set of circumstances, a learner will tend toward making the right … Continue reading

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