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Balance public outings with adolescence

This live was inspired by a question one of my academy members had on a recent Q&A. She wanted to know how to handle public outings and public access training while dealing with unpredictable adolescent behavior. See, somedays her adolescent SDiT is brilliant. He’s...

Where to start?

Introduction: Advanced Beginnings When it comes to getting your service dog started off the right foot, there is a concept I learned during a five day training seminar with the amazing trainers at Service Dogs Inc in Texas, called Advanced Beginnings. What this...

Choosing a service dog.

Finding a potential service dog is like finding candidates for a job opening, and choosing the right candidate is one of the most important decisions you will make on your service dog training journey.  "Job description:  Seeking dogs interested in being a service...

Working around distractions: Calmness

When we think about teaching service dogs to work and focus around distractions, we think of it as three separate things. 1. Their ability to be calm around distractions. 2. Their self control around distractions. 3. Their ability to focus on your around distractions....

The rat is always right.

"The rat is always right"  - B.F. Skinner This is quickly becoming one of my favorite animal training quotes.  Why?  Watch the video to find out:...