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 …

Are You Telling Stories?

By: Melissa Kolmar, CPDT-KA “He pooped on the floor because he was mad I went out with my friends.” “She is jealous of my boyfriend, so she chewed up his …

How to Show Up for Your Dog

By: Melissa Kolmar, CPDT-KA I listened to a great podcast today-Canine Conversations: Human-Canine Behavior Connection Parts 1 and 2. They featured Marissa Martino, CTC, CPDT-KA, who wrote a book titled: Human-Canine Behavior Connection – A …

Let’s Talk Positive Reinforcement

By: Melissa Kolmar, CPDT-KA We’re going to delve a little into science today and talk about operant conditioning and positive reinforcement. One of the major learning theories is Operant Conditioning. …