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...
Who’s in Control?

Who’s in Control?

How would you describe your relationship with your herding dog? More importantly, when decisions need to be made, who’s making them? When you need to decide right or left, who’s driving the bus? Before you get the wrong idea, I’m not asking who the...