Training collars are a lot like makeup. They do a really good job of covering things up, but at the end of the day if you don’t do things right that’s all they are: a cover-up. Today I woke up, looked in the mirror and gasped: I had three small zits on my face. Now, I was prone to acne as a kid but as an adult breakouts have been very rare. Seeing as how I have group classes today and will be seeing lots of clients, the last thing I want......
When I graduated Vohne Liche Kennels in 2013, I started looking on Craigslist for a working line German Shepherd to train as a single or dual purpose narcotics dog. When I saw Duke’s picture on a Madison WI Craigslist ad, I was smitten. I’d always loved German Shepherds, but black sables had recently become my new obsession. He was absolutely gorgeous. The ad described him as a two-year-old dog who’s crate trained, house broken and loves his tennis ball. The only issue? He had recently started growling at their toddler. I went in thinking......
The American Kennel Club (AKC) has a new Trick Dog program! This program is for dogs that are AKC registered, enlisted with the AKC PAL program or signed up with the AKC Canine Partners. Titling is available to both purebred and mixed breed dogs. This is a chance for dogs and handlers of all ages and abilities to show off their training skills and earn titles for their hard work! AKC offers the following Trick Dog titles: Novice (TKN), Intermediate (TKI), Advanced (TKA) and Trick Dog Performer (TKP). Novice through Advanced titles may be......
If you’re like me, you love taking your dog places. Having an obedient, confident and well-mannered dog opens up so many doors for fun adventures and experiences. Last year, I took Havok downtown for the fireworks show, and he did great. I first exposed him to fireworks when he was just 9 weeks old, and thanks to solid conditioning and exposure as a puppy, he’s what I call ‘bombproof.’ Nothing phases him. In fact, all four of my dogs have solid nerves and do well in all situations. Unfortunately, many dogs are not so confident, so if......
Congratulations on your new puppy! Adopting a puppy is always very fun and exciting. Here’s a list of what you’ll need to buy for your furry kid: Crate When it comes to a crate, you’ll need to find out what size your puppy is going to be when you pick him up. The problem most pet owners make is that they purchase a crate that’s too big for the puppy, and it makes house breaking difficult. You need a crate that allows your puppy to stand up, sit and lay down comfortably, but isn’t......
A ‘reactive dog’ is a term used to describe a dog that reacts to certain stimuli or triggers in the environment: adults, kids, other dogs, cats, squirrels, you name it. Some dogs react by growling, barking and lunging. Other dogs whine, yip, howl and pull on the leash when they encounter the same stimuli. Some dogs are reactive because they’re excited, oftentimes a result of too much uncontrolled socialization or high prey drive, and other dogs are reactive based on fear, previous bad experiences, lack of socialization and so on. If you have a reactive dog, and......