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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...


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...


The Non-Duality of Dog Training

The Non-Duality of Dog Training

What I've learned so far in my dog training career, is that everything we do with dogs, at least everything that actually works, is counter-intuitive. Do you want your dog to stop barking? Teach him to bark on command. Want your dog to stop jumping on strangers? Encourage him jump on you. Want your dog to be social as opposed to aggressive? Let him play aggressively, even let him WIN the tug toy (a dog who feels good in his natural drive state will not display unnecessary aggression). Want your dog to be soft? Encourage him to bite hard. Want your dog to bite...