I often get asked, “I have a [insert breed here]; can they be trained”? Of course! There isn’t a breed of dog that can’t be trained. There aren’t any animals that I know of that cannot be trained. All animals modify their behavior based on the result of their actions. As long as you can control those consequences, you can & Read more �
Let’s say you and I are in a room together with a chair in it and I tell you I’ll give you $100 if you sit in the chair. Give me 5 reasons you might not sit in the chair. Back hurts? Let’s say you and I are in a room together with a chair in it and I tell & Read more �
I know positive reinforcement works. I use it every day. Scientific studies have proven it to be the most effective way to train. I’ve seen the amazing results that come from positive reinforcement. Yet, every once in a while, I have doubts. That doubt comes from seeing the dogs in my class each week and not seeing them get drastically & Read more �
There are only a few must-haves for me when I train, but proper tools make the job much easier and quicker. Below are my favorite tools, in no particular order: There are only a few must-haves for me when I train, but proper tools make the job much easier and quicker. Below are my favorite tools, in no particular order:
Whenever I teach my dog a new trick I do a little prep work first.
Debbie McKnight, CPDT - Accredited PetSmart Trainer By far, the most common questions I’ve heard since Christmas all center around potty training. The good news is: potty training isn’t rocket science. It just involves management and supervision. There are a couple of items that will make your potty training experience go smoother.
I am a firm believer that the responsibility for learning falls on the teacher’s shoulders. As a dog trainer, this means that if the dog does not understand, it is the handler’s fault. If, as an instructor, my students do not understand, it is my fault. So you can imagine my joy when my students not only “get it”, but & Read more �
Debbie McKnight, Accredited PetSmart Trainer Last month, I wrote about Bella-the-wonder-pug’s new love of pedicures. While Bella is the young, spry thing I hang out with at work (thanks to her mommy for the daily “loaner” dog!), the love of my life hangs out at home on the couch. Kyra is my 8-1/2 year old German Shepherd. I’ve had her since & Read more �
Debbie McKnight, Accredited PetSmart Trainer