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14
Sep 2017
The Heroes of Hurricane Harvey: Saving what matters most

I am not from Texas. I’ve been here 10 years, but it’s never quite felt like home. Then Harvey came to Houston. I saw Texans walk their talk of “Texas tough.” I have never been so proud to call myself a Houstonian. I was in awe at the lack of chaos, and the calm of a city that had a seemingly overwhelming task. There was a beautiful mixture of the perfect human combination: heart and head. Harvey left, but he didn’t just leave massive destruction behind. His brutal disregard for anything and......

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03
Jul 2017
Patience Please

Nothing stifles learning or a spirit more than the fear of making mistakes. Even with positive reinforcement training, if dogs are not getting a click/reward, you will see some start doing restless displacement behaviors like shifting or scratching, etc. There will often be looks of desperation in their pleading eyes. At that point, I am so grateful that I was chosen to be the trainer of this precious, sensitive soul. Dr. Lore Haug of the Texas Veterinary Behavior Services, posted a great article from Tamarack Hill Farm on the perspective that we......

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20
May 2017
Aggressiveness versus Defensiveness

Very few dogs are actually aggressive. Why? It goes back to the foundation of all dog training, which you will hear me say often: Dogs will always continue to do what gives them the greatest benefit. It is not to a dog’s benefit to attack. If a dog were to bite a person or another dog, the chances of it getting hurt in return is high....

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20
Apr 2017
No Regrets

To put it simply, I teach owners to train in a way that they will have no regrets. If somebody tells me, “We hit our dog and it worked,” I simply reply with the foundation of all dog training: “A dog will always continue to do what gives it the greatest benefit.” Of course it is to its benefit to not get hurt....

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30
Mar 2017
The Power of Positive Reinforcement

Do you prefer working for a boss who uses bullying/fear of punishment to get you to perform, or a boss who incentivizes you to want to work to your best potential by being a good role model, drafting for you (while patiently guiding/leading), and then rewarding you with benefits and praise as you grow in skill?...

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