Category: Motivate Your Dog

A Dog’s Walk: A Tale of Two Dogs on the Same Walk

By Annie Phenix, Certified Behaviourist and Fear Free Professional My husband and I share our lives with two amazing dogs – I fondly call them our ‘hooligans.’ Finn and Cooper are full brothers and their DNA tells us that they are a mix of Cattle Dog and Border Collie. That’s lucky for me as these… Read more »

When You Can’t Afford a Dog Trainer

By Annie Phenix, CPDT-KA Not a week goes by when I get a call from someone dealing with a troubled dog and they hesitantly ask me: how much do you charge? And then, sadly, they tell me they can’t afford to work with me. While I do offer a sliding scale, many dog owners are… Read more »

How to Help Your Dog Love Being On Leash

A leash should be a sign of fun things to come, and it can be if you follow these four tips.   What is the one training tool every dog owner eventually uses? A leash. We also need leashes to keep dogs and humans safe. However, not all dogs understand what a leash is or how we… Read more »

How to Use Food to Motivate Your Dog During Training

Here’s a question I recently received from a reader: I want to start training my older dog to do dog sports. I think she would enjoy it — and so would I — because she loves to run and jump and try new things. The problem is that she doesn’t seem to care about food… Read more »

Motivate Your Dog Introduction

I’m delighted to be a part of the “Motivate Your Dog” family, and they were kind enough to write up an introduction of me to their subscribers. Check it out if you get a chance!

The Five Most Critical Dog Skills

I’ve got a new article at “Motivate Your Dog“, titled “The Five Most Critical Skills to Teach Your Dog”. Here’s a sample: 1)    Sit means “please.” There is an accurate saying in dog training – you get what you reinforce. When a professional trainer shows up at your house, we know right away what you have been reinforcing… Read more »