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Top Four Traits of a Great Dog Trainer

Top Four Traits of a Great Dog Trainer

Calm: Gives you mental fortitude.  If you are not calm, you can’t learn, and training is as much, if not more, founded in learning about your dog as it is teaching him anything. Calmness creates space for observation. Your calmness also helps your dog feel safe.   Neutral: Unattached to outcomes. If you remain emotionally neutral, you can remain present with what’s happening right here, right now. Observe your dog and ask yourself questions. Asking questions is a great way to to train yourself to be responsive to the dog. Just think: if I want my dog to respond to me, I...


Commands vs. Labels: How to Speak So Your Dog Will Listen

Leah Twitchell

Commands vs. Labels: How to Speak So Your Dog Will Listen

Photo by Reed Shepherd on Unsplash Commands vs. Labels It's a natural thing that people do, they start giving their dog a "command" before the dog knows what the command means. Some dogs are quick learners and they pick it up right away. The problem is that I see many people point at their dog (why?!) and say "SIT!" about 20 times when the dog has NO idea what "sit" even means. The more you say a word while the dog is just confused, the less meaning the word has. It's like those Peanuts cartoons when the teacher is talking and it's just...


My Top Five Puppy Training Tips

My Top Five Puppy Training Tips

Puppies are tons of fun, and equally tons of work! They are fragile little beings, physically and emotionally. If you protect their emotional health, they can grow up to be social, friendly, and well-adjusted members of the family. Here are my top five tips for raising a happy, healthy dog: 1. Puppies need patience, not discipline. Puppies never know that they are doing something "wrong." They are only ever doing what is completely natural to them. If you get irritated with your puppy, do your very best to stay calm and self-regulate your emotions. Raising your voice or handling your puppy...


Free Lecture on April 20th: Rescue Dog Rehab

Free Lecture on April 20th: Rescue Dog Rehab

A lot of people are rescuing dogs today and with good reason! Giving a dog a second chance is a wonderful and fulfilling mission. It can also come with many challenges. In this talk, we focus on how to integrate your new dog into the home, and what kind of obedience or behavioral work they might need to come into harmony with your household. Where: Pet Life in South Portland, Maine When: April 20th, 1 pm Who: Leah Twitchell of Canine Movement Lab RSVP: Facebook Event


Free Lecture on April 6th: How to Achieve Natural Obedience

Free Lecture on April 6th: How to Achieve Natural Obedience

During this free lecture we will discuss how to tap into your dog's natural drives in order to train him in a connected and holistic manner. Whether your dog has tons of prey-drive or play-drive, we want to capture the natural flow of their energy in order to train him in a way that is positive and fun.