Dogs Bark

Dogs Bark

“My dog barks too much!” Excessive barking can be a problem. But to stop all barking would be like expecting a person to stop talking forever. It’s not a reasonable expectation. Reducing how much your dog barks, though, is possible. All behavior...
Canine Enrichment

Canine Enrichment

Canine enrichment. This term can elicit some big feelings from people lately. I get it. I cringe a little when I hear it because I’m just waiting for someone to tell me about the newest food puzzle they’ve found. ARGH!!! Food puzzles ≠ canine enrichment....
Herding Dogs & the Predatory Sequence

Herding Dogs & the Predatory Sequence

Have you heard of the predatory sequence in wolves? It’s a sequence of actions that the wolf performs in the process of hunting prey. It goes something like this: orient => eye => stalk => chase => grab-bite => kill-bite => dissect =>...
Common Training Mistakes

Common Training Mistakes

I won’t come as a shock to you that I’ve met, and worked with, a lot of herding dogs. Before specializing in herding dogs, I worked with a wide variety of dog breeds. Hell, I live with two dogs who aren’t herding dogs. Let me be very clear: GENETICS...
Does Your Herding Dog Really Need A Neighborhood Walk?

Does Your Herding Dog Really Need A Neighborhood Walk?

Taking your dog, herding dog or not, for a walk in the neighborhood is just what you do, right? Your dog needs exercise. Your dog needs to potty. Going for a walk makes sense. With the exception of buying a leash and a collar or harness, it’s free. Seems like a...