Dog Training Tips

Why Dog Trainers Recommend Positive Reinforcement Training

Why Dog Trainers Recommend Positive Reinforcement Training

Most professional dog trainers use positive reinforcement-based training techniques in their work today because this approach has extensive scientific research to support its efficacy. In years past, a punishment-based approach was popular. Unfortunately, some trainers continue to hang onto this outdated approach even today. But, as the research clearly shows, using a system of positive reinforcement …

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Puppy Training Basics

Puppy Training Basics: Handling Fear Imprint Periods

As a part of puppy training, it is important to recognize and understand your pet’s fear imprint periods, sometimes called fear stages or simply fear periods. Although these phases are a normal part of your pet’s development, fear imprint stages must be handled with care. Otherwise, he may develop patterns of behavior that are challenging …

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Pet Training Tips: Use Rewards for Positive Reinforcement

Pet training strategies – more specifically, dog training strategies – have changed over the past few years, in response to a more comprehensive understanding of canine psychology and behavior. Gone are the days when effective dog trainers forced an animal’s compliance using heavy-handed tactics or dominance-based approaches. Today we know that the successful basis for …

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Fireworks

While you celebrate your independence, remember these tips to keep your dog safely confined for the fireworks. Sean Knudsen, Trainer Innovative K9 Academy   My girl, Kimora, is a border collie German shepherd mix. She is one of the sweetest and most well-trained dogs in the state of Utah. She is fabulous. I can heel …

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