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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.


New Puppy Class Starts in April

New Puppy Class Starts in April
In these sessions, we will explore the foundations of drive-training. This holistic approach to dog training taps into your dog’s prey drive. It is therefore important that you bring a hungry dog to class! Please bring your puppy’s dinner to class with you.