Canine Services International Dog Training Blog

Star in training

  This champion little working Kelpie is Star. Smart as a whip, build to work all day…and as sweet as candy! Some of the very qualities that make her such a brilliant working dog also contribute to her being a little poorly behaved outside that activity. Her awesome owner Tony and I are going to be working together to help …

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Small sacrifices, big results.

  👉Early mornings 👉Late nights 👉Skipping TV shows 👉Cold hands 👉Buckets of sweat 👉Extra driving 👉Reading books 👉Seminars 👉Workshops 👉Paid coaching 👉Priority shifts 👉Wet socks 👉Blisters 👉Bleeding hands 👉Expensive travel 👉Going without 👉Failure 👉Self examination 👉Frustration These are *just some* of the sacrifices you may expect to make if you’re really committed to learning how to train your dog well. …

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Start chasing the joy again folks!

  Maybe it’s true that nothing could stop you LOVING your dog. That said, plenty of folks stop LIKING their dog. It’s not even that difficult for it to occur – just consider the following: Your dog has developed strong aggressive reactions and responses to other dogs whilst out walking. It started out small, and left unaddressed in any effective …

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Train your dog for the right reasons.

  Train your dog for the right reasons: To prepare him to successfully endure and thrive despite the rigours, confusion and conflicts that modern life is likely to throw at him. Because you owe it to him – dogs making sense of a human world isn’t always easy, and they need guidance. You may think your dog will never be …

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Don’t get dragged by your dog.

It’s not that hard, and it’s your responsibility to keep your dog under effective control: hope is not a plan of action. If your primary connection to your dog when in public is the leash you’re using, then you need to examine that closely. If you’re using a head collar/harness/anti-pull harness/check chain or other device to stop your dog pulling …

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RIP Lexus

Every day this is how I remember my dearly departed friend, Lexus. It’s been a couple of years now since Lex died, but I speak to her often. Most of the time I simply feel happiness and gratitude when she enters my mind. Lex was shipped from pillar to post as a younger dog, and was a truly resilient, shining, …

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Food for thought.

It’s a fact: the very best coaches still have coaches themselves…and know how to be coachable. After all, they’re seeking constant improvement! Even as a respected professional, I still receive constant coaching – in many areas of my life. If I am not coachable, however will I continue to grow and improve at my craft? As a man, and as …

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It’s okay to ask for help.

In life there are times where taking action by asking for assistance is the only intelligent choice to make. In the case of anxious, timid and/or fearful dogs that have some issues coping with aspects of their life being ‘in action’ as an owner also means you can avoid creating further issues negatively affecting your dog’s welfare. Most anxious dogs …

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Being committed is a must.

  So you’ve tried to train your dog. You’ve suffered through bad advice, and even worse coaching. It’s happened to you twice now – you’ve been promised results by unscrupulous dog trainers and yet seen no improvement. You’re frustrated, and you feel lost. The answer isn’t as elusive as you think: most folks try a bunch of things, but never …

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What is Zero-Sum?

  Zero-Sum is a term that indicates that a situation in which one party gains 100% of the benefit, and the other party loses 100%. In the dog training world we often see Zero-Sum training taking place – through harsh use of coercion the owner gains a dog that is too scared to respond to another dog, and simply ‘shuts …

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