We are in a privileged position to hear and see a lot of different dogs and a lot of different owners. It helps us continue to learn and grow as dog trainers and really reinforces the idea that no two teams are alike. If we want to help that person and that dog, we need to be able to adapt to their differences. We've become experts at knowing when to pick our battles. Knowing when something is a big enough influencer on that dog's behaviour that we need to persevere is important. It's equally as important to not push the envelope when we know something is not a big enough game changer.


There's no doubt about it. Border Collies are amazing dogs in more ways than one. Smart, athletic, loyal and outrageously responsive, they win friends wherever they go, however they are not the dog for everyone. The people who own them will likely be the first to tell you that!


When we make the suggestion to muzzle train a dog, we're often met with the face that says, "you must be joking - why on earth would I ever need a muzzle? My dog is nice!" Sometimes, it's a tough argument to make. That sweet, wiggly Lab puppy would NEVER need to be muzzled, right? Not necessarily. Here's why.


Is your dog polite out in public? Do they ignore other dogs and people who maybe aren't interested in interacting? If you took them to a school yard, would they chase the kids or be a model canine citizen?


Today we present the final post in our series on recall training. If you missed the first 2 posts, we encourage you to go back and read them.


Have you ever lost an item while out on a walk? When I'm fumbling with leashes, poop bags and gloves, I often drop something. The first time I lost a glove, I decided right then to teach my dog to find items for me on cue. It quickly became one of his favourite games and I've taught every dog since to play it.


When the weather outside is frightful, what do you do when you have a dog, or dogs in the house? How do you keep them from going stir crazy? While you will still need to give them access to the outdoors to do their business, they may not be able to withstand the cold long enough to drain their excess energies.


The perfect recall can be broken down into 3 sections. Every good recall has a beginning, a middle and an ending. Each component will present its own unique challenges and should be taught individually first. We talked about the ending of the recall in a recent blog post:


If you found a magic lamp, what would you wish for? Wealth? Love? A well-behaved dog?

As the old saying goes, if I had a nickel for every time I heard, "I wish my dog would listen like yours,"


I recently stumbled upon a great video of a woman helping her young, large-breed dog acclimate to vet visits. She had clearly spent a good amount of training time teaching the dog to be calm and accepting of handling.