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Puppy Classes Starting in January

Puppy Classes Starting in January

Photo by Berkay Gumustekin on Unsplash Natural Obedience for Puppies Puppies are pure joy, emotionally open to the world and ready to learn! Let’s set them up for success by giving them the foundations for natural obedience. In this class, you will be hand-feeding your puppy so that every behavior we ask of them is shaped with food. We will be working on: sit, down, stay and come-when-called. We will also be giving you a “home protocol” to keep puppy safe and out of trouble. We do encourage crate-training for housebreaking and other training purposes. Class Information: We will meet every Tuesday at...


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."...


Am I A Dog Trainer?

Leah Twitchell

Tags Canine Core Method, dog training, dogs, Holistic Dog Training

Am I A Dog Trainer?

I always hesitate to call myself a dog "trainer." What's that all about? Well, it's my gut feeling that dogs don't really need training, what they need is relationship. Once the dog has a strong relationship with his human counterpart, the training isn't really training at all, it's teamwork! See, dogs naturally want to please us, be in connection with us, and work in sync with us. It's selfish and self-less all at the same time. When we do well, they do well and vice-versa (the whole hunting thing). So let's help them help us. First off, relationships are all...


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...