‘Training’ Archive

How to Teach Your Dog Self-Control Around Food: VIDEO February 23, 2015 Comments Off

In my last blog post about self-control versus imposed control for dogs, I explained that I do not teach “leave it” to my dogs. Instead, I train my dogs to wait for permission to take food, objects, or anything else they want. Here is a quick video demonstration of how I train dogs to have […]

Leave It! – Or Don’t? Self Control vs. Imposed Control for Dogs February 9, 2015 1 Comment

“No!” “Leave it!” “Off!” These are three cues that are more familiar to most dogs than “sit”, “come”, and “good dog.” Surprisingly, they often work against dog owners and serve to reinforce the very behaviors the owners are trying to punish. A scenario: At the pet store, a bag of dog kibble has torn open and spilled […]

Our New Dog Training Academy in Providence August 13, 2014 Comments Off

It has been a whirlwind month for us here at Spring Forth Dog Services! Starting on September 2nd, Dan and I will be training dogs full time at our new location, Spring Forth Dog Academy, in Providence, RI. How did this all get started? A few months ago we began teaching group classes at Roam […]

Puppy Nipping: A Plan to Stop It March 6, 2014 Comments Off

Puppy nipping is one of the most frustrating behaviors that new owners report. It hurts! But you’ll see a big reduction in puppy nipping in a short period just by getting some human cooperation. Let’s start by examining why your puppy is putting his mouth on things. I don’t like to spend a ton of […]

Canine Good Citizen Dog Training Class – Advanced Training in Holbrook, MA February 19, 2014 Comments Off

We just added a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Preparation dog training class to our schedule in Holbrook, MA! If you want to improve your dog’s manners and obedience beyond what they learned in puppy class or Basic Dog Manners, this is the right class for you! The Canine Good Citizen test is a 10-part examination created […]

Dog and Puppy Training Classes in Holbrook, MA January 6, 2014 Comments Off

Want your dog to learn something new this year? Our free dog training orientation class in Holbrook, MA is just for dog owners who want to know more about training dogs. About Our Dog Training Classes in Holbrook Meet our instructors, learn about our methods, and find out how our training program will improve your […]

Spark’s First Agility Trial: An Analysis November 15, 2013 Comments Off

As I mentioned in my post about Strata’s MACH, I entered Spark in his first couple of trials in the fall. He made his début at my club’s trial, Colonial Shetland Sheepdog Club, just in Novice Jumpers with Weaves. He was a very good boy! His run on Saturday was adorable. His start line was […]

Dog Training Record Keeping with the Staples Arc Notebook September 25, 2013 3 Comments

I’m always excited to write product reviews for items that work for me and my dogs. Two months ago while shopping for office supplies at Staples, I stumbled across the Arc notebook system. As soon as I saw it in stores, I knew this would be the solution to my dog training record keeping conundrum. […]

Finch Goes to the Agility Trial September 19, 2013 Comments Off

Finch has progressed by leaps and bounds. His reactivity toward people is almost non-existent at this point. Unless they have a strange object or do something very threatening, they won’t scare Finch. Recent “tests” in my neighborhood have included multiple kids riding one bicycle at the same time, joggers carrying umbrellas, and a sight-impaired man […]

How Can I Prevent My Puppy From Becoming Fearful of Thunderstorms? June 29, 2013 Comments Off

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Ain’t that the truth! Owners who have lived with or known a dog that was terrified of fireworks or thunderstorms often as if there is any way to help make sure their new puppy doesn’t suffer the same fate. If you have a new puppy or […]