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The best source for dog training news, tricks and treats, right from world class leaders in dog training.

The best source for dog training news, tricks and treats, right from world class leaders in dog training.

The SV’s ZAP, why such a test for members in USCA is long over due

The SV will consider a ZTP type of process as alternative approach for breeding the German Shepherd. I have no idea what our friends in Germany think of this idea, but it has been an ignored necessity to further breeding of working GSD’s here in the U.S. Why? Simply because it makes sense. There are […]

Favorite Dog Books

If you’ve ever checked out the ‘Dog’ section at your local library, you’ve probably got lost in a sea of titles from Cesar Millan’s to Bill Koehler’s. There are breed specific books, books for training specific disciplines and novels about that special dog. While books certainly have taken a back seat to the internet in […]

Learned Helplessness Vs All-Positive Training – Opposite Ends of the Training Spectrum

When you are around dog training long enough, like I have been,  you are going to be exposed to a number of different training systems or methods. In my opinion Learned Helplessness and All-Positive dog training are at opposite ends of the training spectrum and both are equally bad dog training. The all-positive dog trainers […]

What to expect in a quality Basic K-9 Handler Course

Often the new handler is chosen in a department by their history as a good officer/deputy not by their prowess as a dog trainer. Yet, dog trainer, handler, tactician, and maybe even a bit of a showman is what they will be asked to do that isn’t usually even addressed in the selection process. The […]

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