Category Archives: Enrichment

The Joy of Training With Food

Thank you to Debbie Jacobs, who pointed out that many training videos do not include the moment the trainer feeds her dog, and that we need to see that.  Training your dog with food is not only effective. It’s also … Continue reading

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Tricks for Frozen Dog Treats

I am all about efficiency. You could also say I’m lazy. Also, my freezer is usually stuffed full. So rather than freeze whole filled food toys for three dogs, I use several gadgets that let me freeze things separately. Then I … Continue reading

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Flavors: Ideas for Ultra High Value Treats

  OK, I’m going to break the ultimate taboo here and talk about giving so-called “people food” to dogs. 1)Nutritionist Linda Case points out aptly in the comments that even the term “people food” is inaccurate and comprises a completely false dichotomy. … Continue reading

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My Dogs Are Not in Charge

As a Humane Hierarchy trainer, it is part of my value system to help my dogs get what they want, within the confines of our mutual comfort and safety. It’s important for me to give them choices and let them … Continue reading

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Introduction to the Exercise Ball

I bought an exercise ball, a FitPAWS peanut, from CleanRun a couple of years ago. It’s a device to help dogs develop core strength and balance. After seeing some YouTube videos and even a professional DVD that showed dogs and … Continue reading

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7 Great Benefits of Flirt Pole Play for You and Your Dog

Two Dogs’ Experiences with the Flirt Pole If you have been following the blog, you may have seen that young Clara is an absolute maniac for the flirt pole. It is right up there with playing ball in her list of favorite … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Digging It with Mom

Something light and pleasant to watch during a sad week. Link to video for email subscribers. A couple more fun “digging” oriented videos. Rhodesian Ridgeback Gardeners: A classic. Sleet and Wren’s new Amazing double trick! (When you see what Wren’s reinforcement … Continue reading

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Taking it Easy: One Dog Relaxes

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