Is It Bribery To Use Food Treats In Training?

A lot of people I meet are concerned about using food treats in training. When the dog is performing well, they’ll say, “he’s just doing it for the treats,” or, “she’ll do anything for food!” When...

Realistic expectations with baby puppies

Imagine this: a young girl tells her parents that she would like to take up figure skating and they sign her up for classes. At the first class, she wobbles and falls a few times but by the end of...

Is it different where you live?

Have you ever looked at some successful dog trainer and thought, "well, that works for them there, but my area is different?" I hear this all the time. Not just from trainers either. If you think...

Owned dogs all my life

Is owning dogs all your life enough to know how to train them effectively? I’ve had a vagina all my life, but that doesn’t make a gynecologist. But what is it that sets apart someone who has a lot...

We’ve tried EVERYTHING

Have you already tried everything to solve your frustrations with your dog? If so, I am sad to say, you are a rare case and it’s time to give up. I mean, if you’ve already tried everything, what...

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How to get an assistance or support dog

How to get an assistance or support dog

I had a recent question from a follower along the lines of: What breed makes a good assistance dog for mental health support? There's a lot of variables in this situation. With support and assistance dogs becoming more popular, we want to make sure we maintain a good...

Don’t name it til you love it

Don’t name it til you love it

If you are in a foreign country and you don’t know the language, no amount of repeating the same word to you is going to make you understand it. You would need to be shown what it means by pointing at an object or using a translator. Remember too that your dog speaks...

Not aggressive

Not aggressive

“She is biting the kids - but she’s not aggressive! She just wants to play!” “He rushes up to other dogs and fights break out - but he is just being friendly - he is not aggressive!” “She’s growling at strangers - but she is not aggressive.” These are things I hear...

Free ebook + submit questions

Free ebook + submit questions

Today I want to highlight my most recent free ebook, the, "Good Dog," ebook. Amazing name, right?While it may not be as in depth as some of my other books, this is one of my favourites because it's all about understanding the way your dog thinks and how to apply this...

Why not put a muzzle on your dog?

Why not put a muzzle on your dog?

Why not try muzzle training for your dog?You may say, "I don't need to - my dog isn't aggressive."But could there be other reasons to teach your dog to accept a muzzle?There's a stigma around muzzles and people are put off from trying them, even if their dog does show...

Transform your dog with the basics

Transform your dog with the basics

So often trainers over-complicate things but really, so much of the gold results is in getting the foundations right. When you're facing a problem you would like to solve, ask, is there anything in the foundations that we haven't kept up with? The answer is often...

Puppy season

Puppy season

It’s always puppy season here at Dog Matters! If you know a someone who is getting a new puppy, or you are yourself and you would like to make sure you cover the important priorities so that your puppy develops into the best dog they can be, grab the Puppy Priorities...

Are you still struggling with leash pulling?

Are you still struggling with leash pulling?

Time and time again, I see people online trying to figure out the secret to stop their dog pulling on the leash. They've tried gadgets and gizmos a plenty, as The Little Mermaid would say... They've tried changing directions. They've tried standing still. They've...

Markers

Markers

Do you use markers in training? How many? Or are you reading this asking, “Tenille, what the heck is a marker?!” In today’s quick video I explain three types of markers we use in training and what they mean to your dog. Why use markers? Clarity! It's the best way to...