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Balancing public outings with adolescence

Balancing 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....

Tips for stress-free holidays

Tips for stress-free holidays

I'm sharing my tips for getting through holiday festivities with your SDiT, especially if your dog is still young or dealing with some training challenges. If you have any questions, make sure to join our free Facebook group Train Your Service Dog with Confidence:...

Common focus building mistakes

Common focus building mistakes

Does your dog struggle to focus around distractions? Today I'm sharing some of the top mistakes I see owner trainers make when trying to build focus in their dogs! You can find the free units I mention in this video in our free Facebook group "train your service dog...

Service dogs, reactivity, and public access

Service dogs, reactivity, and public access

Today we're talking about the big topic of reactivity, what it is, and whether you need to wash your dog out.  Here are all the resources mentioned in this video: Find a professional: IAABC: https://iaabc.org/consultants KPA:...

Freedom walks

Freedom walks

When we opened our online academy to new members a couple months ago, there was a lot of new and updated content waiting for them. But, there’s one thing that seems to have made the biggest difference for them and their service dog’s training, and it’s not what I...

Age and training: Is your dog’s training behind?

Age and training: Is your dog’s training behind?

By most conventional definitions Leo is "behind" in his service dog training. At 5 months he doesn't lay down on cue, doesn't know leave it, and has barely started his heeling training. But I'm not worried, not even a little. Here's the link to the study mentioned in...

When life gets in the way of your training

When life gets in the way of your training

About three weeks ago I traveled to the east coast to bring home a new service dog puppy. A few days after we got home a family emergency took me out of town and brought me to my knees. Here’s how I’ve been managing a puppy and his training, when life got in the...