Here are some questions to ask yourself before you start training a dog to pull you in a harness or brace you while walking.How old is your dog? Make sure she is at least 18 mos to 2 years (for…
Click here to listen to an audio file of this blog post.An alternative to commercially prepared treats (perhaps since you know what ingredients go into them and because homemade ones are often much cheaper as well as better quality), is…
Listen to this on audio file.Recently there has been a real push to use flat body harnesses in training loose leash walking. Many people wonder why since harnesses are typically considered to cause pulling. 1. First, the harness itself does…
While the study was done specifically for seeing eye dogs, the finding applies to handlers with mobility/brace dogs.  This study which suggests rigid harnesses put more physical stress on a dog's body than flexible harnesses, especially on the lower right…
The use of silver (reflective) mirrors in training dogs is a trade secret many owner-trainers of assistance dogs don't yet know about (unless they are training with a facility that has them). Using mirrors is a great way to prevent…
While the study was done specifically for seeing eye dogs, the finding applies to handlers with mobility/brace dogs. This study which suggests rigid harnesses put more physical stress on a dog's body than flexible harnesses, especially on the lower right…
It can be hard to find good treats to use for training. Here's simple recipe that you can adapt. Fast Dog Treats: Mix together: 4 large eggs half to 3/4 cup canned pumpkin a splash of milk 1/4 cup flour…
Once your dog has been trained to do a specific behaviour, any training tool you use needs to be gradually removed from training (faded) or replaced with a different cue for the dog to know that she's working. Fading is…