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. …

Troubleshooting Treat Training

By: Melissa Kolmar CPDT-KA I was listening to the Canine Conversations podcast: Common Treat Training Problems and How to Fix Them. I wanted to share the eight problems they highlighted …

So Fresh and So Clean

By: Melissa Kolmar, CPDT-KA   Are you a clean trainer? Your first thought may be “No way! I use cheese and peanut butter! We make a mess!” I do too! …

Slow is Fast

  By: Melissa Kolmar, CPDT-KA   Greetings! I just got back from a wonderful vacation in the mountains of North Carolina. We spent the week hiking, relaxing and playing with the pups. …

Five Freedoms and Dog Training

By: Melissa Kolmar, CPDT-KA Have you heard of the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare? ASPCA defines them as such: 1. Freedom from Hunger and Thirst by ready-access to fresh water …

WTF

By: Melissa Kolmar, CPDT-KA   “What’s the Function?” -Susan Friedman, PhD   Now that I have your attention! I wanted to talk about our dogs’ behavior today and the wonderful …