Be Careful of Guarantees

By: Melissa Kolmar, CPDT-KA, SBA Many potential clients ask me if we offer a guarantee or how many sessions it will take to “fix” their dog. Here are my answers: …

Always Learning

By: Melissa Kolmar, CPDT-KA, SBA Your dog is constantly learning and training. Your dog is learning from every interaction with you. I am going to repeat that: Your dog is …

Take a Break!

By: Melissa Kolmar, CPDT-KA, SBA This past Saturday I took the day off to celebrate my birthday. It was the perfect day: we went to the beach and then had …

Language Matters

By: Melissa Kolmar, CPDT-KA, SBA If you have taken classes with me (especially Puppy Pre-School and Advanced Manners), you probably have heard me talk about the importance of language. The language we …

The Value of Hand Targeting

By: Norris Boyd, Volunteer with New Dawn Animal Behavior Center When I was first introduced to hand target training at New Dawn, I couldn’t see a clear purpose for it. …