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What is Drive Training?

What is Drive Training?

What does it mean to work with your dog's drive? First, you want to find the thing that most motivates your dog. Think of arousal as the thing that piques your dog's interest, and persistence as the annoying way they obsess over that thing!  Some dogs will have more prey drive, some have more play drive. Dogs with high prey drive will even have a preference for different types of prey, this might be a squirrel, chipmunk, or fluttering of birds. Other dogs are more closely attuned to larger prey like skunks, cats, deer, or even horses!  Many dogs are...


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Leah Twitchell

Tags Canine Core Method, Puppy training, training, training advice

Join Our Mighty Network

We've relocated! Join the community As some of you know, I have been weaning away from Facebook and looking for a new platform to host our community learning group. Well, I finally found one that I know will be great for us: Mighty Networks! Here we can build community and support each other while focusing on dog training, holistic dog care, and troubleshooting behavioral issues. The focus of Mighty Networks is connecting people who have common interests. We will have our own private "network" that will help nurture the connection we have with each other.Our Mighty Networks group will be free to...


Overnight Pet Sitting Services

Leah Twitchell

Overnight Pet Sitting Services

Nicole just joined our team and is available to do overnight pet sitting Nicole lives in Scarborough, Maine and she's very grateful to call it home. She's getting to know lots of people and their pets while working at the front desk of the Vet and Rehab Center of Cape Elizabeth. A dog-loving person with more than four years of experience house-sitting, dog-walking, and providing foster care, Nicole brings responsible supervision for your household pets while you are away.From personal experience, I know that Nicole is very conscientious and will treat your home and pets with the utmost care and attention. She sends photo...


Nervous Systems and Somatic Resonance

Nervous Systems and Somatic Resonance

"Dogs are very sensitive to body language, so the least little tense movement--a change of gait, a slight hunching of the shoulders--can be observed and interpreted as something being amiss. When we're upset, our voices can go up slightly in frequency as well. Dogs get these nuances in ways most people don't.  Masking strong feelings by acting like things are OK may not always work, either: It's quite likely that dogs can smell fear, anxiety, even sadness... The flight-or-fight hormone, adrenaline, is undetectable by our noses, but dogs can apparently smell it. In addition, fear or anxiety is often accompanied...


Compression of Space

Compression of Space

  Physical compression of space = Emotional compression, which can lead to fight/flight response if your dog feels trapped Trigger points: front door and other doorways/thresholds, car, bed, crate, fence, barrier, leash, tie-out, etc (all create physical compression of space)   Why this concept is important: Your dog’s threshold (emotional capacity) will go DOWN according to the amount of compression he feels. This can lead to “unexpected” events where your dog acts more aggressive or fearful than he does when not under compression. It’s also important to recognize when your dog is “denning” himself because he’s seeking safety. If you...