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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...


Join Our Facebook Group

Leah Twitchell

Join Our Facebook Group

We recently joined forces with our friends at Dog In Neutral to bring you the Canine Core Method of dog training. To that end, we created a public Facebook Group with dog training tutorials, and it is free to join! We invite you to join our members in sharing their experiences working with all types of dogs. Our positive approach to drive training is quite unique, and we are happy to share all sorts of tutorials with you. You are welcome to post questions, as well as your own videos if you would like feedback or consultation. We hope to see you there!Train well and be well,Leah...


Yappy Hour at Planet Dog

Leah Twitchell

Yappy Hour at Planet Dog

Would you like to create a deeper bond with your dog? You are cordially invited to this Planet Dog Store event to find out how! I will be explaining the foundations of the Canine Core Method and the basic movements of drive training. Please visit with me so we can geek out over dogs! When: February 25th from 12pm-2pm Where: Planet Dog Company Store, 211 Marginal Way in Portland, ME  What: Introduction to the Canine Core Method: A Positive Approach to Drive Training Who: Anyone who loves dogs, has dogs, or is thinking about getting a dog! This training method is appropriate for ALL dogs, all ages,...


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...


Bite-and-Carry Channels Everything

Leah Twitchell

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Bite-and-Carry Channels Everything

When you leash up your dog for a walk, the two of you have very different objectives. You, being a simple human, would love to take a leisurely stroll, drinking in the sights and sounds on a beautiful day. Or perhaps you want to go for a jog to get the blood pumping and enjoy a little runner's high. In either case, you would like for your dog to have the same idea that you do, that you will both walk or jog on a path, street, or sidewalk, in a somewhat straight line and at a steady pace, ignoring...