Tag Archives: Houston Dog Training

Why I Ask Clients to Journal with Me

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA I ask clients to share an online journal with me between our in-person appointments. We use Google Drive because it’s easily accessible technology. I also encourage clients to email if that is more convenient and to … Continue reading

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Toxic Training (When “Helping” Hurts)

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA CTP Training your dog doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact it can be fun and satisfying, and I hope it is. The best dog owner / trainers seek out support from other dog enthusiasts, maybe … Continue reading

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My Last Dog Syndrome

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA I’ve known about “My Last Dog Syndrome” (MLD) for many years. I didn’t know the name, though, until recently. Lisa Mullinax CDBC coined the name on her Facebook page, 4 Paws University. MLD is a funny … Continue reading

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Fixing Real Life Behavior Problems

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA The key to changing unwanted behavior is pretty straight forward. We teach other behavior to replace the stuff we don’t want to see anymore (e.g. we teach standing on all four paws when we want to see … Continue reading

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What Gets in the Way of Training

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA I’ve been thinking a lot about why people don’t train their dogs. It’s one of those Holy Grail questions for professional dog trainers and behavior consultants. Why won’t my clients do what I tell them to do? … Continue reading

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When to Start Training Your New Puppy

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA I get this question a lot. “When should I start training my new puppy?” My answer is the same every time. “Now. Right now.” It is never too early to start teaching a puppy how to … 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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How We Feed Our Dogs Can Make Them Smarter

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA Feeding our dogs from enrichment toys, toys that dispense food, can actually make them smarter. It definitely seems to make them happy. Puzzling out the food inspires activity and thought. A lot of trainers liken it to the … Continue reading

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Speed Up Your Training

We want stuff fast: food, coffee (definitely coffee), replies to our emails – the faster the better, right? We want to feel better quickly, advance in our careers quickly, stop being sad and get happy – quickly. We’re in a … Continue reading

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