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A Positive Feedback Loop

A Positive Feedback Loop

I know this method can seem amorphous at times, and we'd like for there to be "steps" or a sort of recipe for success. Since we approach our canines holistically, and treat every dog as an individual, it's not so easy to break it down into a repeatable pattern. Therefore, I created a template to help those of us who prefer structure and a sort of dog training to-do list. The first step is always to observe what's happening with your dog. Take the time to look at what is actually going on: their body language, their state of "mind."...


Handler Self-Care Part One: Your Oxygen Mask

Handler Self-Care Part One: Your Oxygen Mask

We all know the drill: you put on your own oxygen mask first, THEN you help others. But this doesn't just hold true in emergencies, we need to make this a practice in every day life! I've noticed that when I let myself get super stressed and run down, I'm not a very good caretaker to my animals. I end up walking around like a zombie and don't have energy to give them the time, attention, and exercise they deserve. So let's do something about that! Taking time for yourself should be a daily practice. Today I took time for...


Your Dog's Mouth is His Hand

Your Dog's Mouth is His Hand
All the things we do with our hands, your dog does with his mouth. We don't teach our children "grip inhibition," so why then do we insist on teaching puppies "bite inhibition"???

Canine Core at Planet Dog: New Session

Canine Core at Planet Dog: New Session

We filled up our first class at Planet Dog! For those on the waitlist, we just added another session which will run from June 5th through July 3rd, Tuesdays from 7-8pm. Once again, this class will give you the tools you need to start working with your dog's prey drive. Working with a dog's drive is the fastest way to create a harmonious relationship while also shaping obedience behaviors. Accessing a dog's drive can also help him to become more grounded and emotionally balanced--in some cases, it can even relieve the symptoms of trauma (reactivity). So please join us, Portland dog lovers! You...


New Class at Planet Dog!

New Class at Planet Dog!

I'm very excited to announce a new Canine Core Method Class is starting on April 24th at Planet Dog! This foundational class will give you the tools you need to start working with your dog's prey drive. Working with a dog's drive is the fastest way to create a harmonious relationship while also shaping obedience behaviors. Accessing a dog's drive can also help him to become more grounded and emotionally balanced--in some cases it can even relieve the symptoms of trauma (reactivity). So please join us, Portland dog lovers! You can stop by the store to sign up at 211 Marginal Way...