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Dogs, horses, and rats. Birds, goldfish, cats. Dolphins, raccoons, and elephants. What animals can’t we train? In this section you’ll find lots of great training stories and tips. You will also get to meet many of the wonderful animals that I get to train. I hope that you’ll enjoy reading about my adventures (and misadventures) and that these articles and tales can provide you with insight that will help you with your own animals.

A picture of the book "Teaching horses with positive reinforcement" by Katherine Bartlett

Teaching horses with positive reinforcement (A book review)

Earlier this month, I purchased a paperback copy of Katherine Bartlett’s new book, “Teaching Horses with Positive Reinforcement.” The book arrived in my mailbox at the end of last week, and I’ve enjoyed browsing through it over the past several days. Many of you may already be familiar with Katherine (Katie) Bartlett. Her main website, […]

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Can two people clicker train at the same time?

Can two people clicker train at the same time?

During my group dog training classes, there are several people and dogs in the room. Each person has a clicker and is clicking when his or her dog does the correct behavior. New students always ask, “Won’t my dog get confused? How will my dog know to distinguish between my click and somebody else’s click?” […]

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Drill Bit the Labrador retriever, posing in the bluebonnets

Drill Bit in the news

As some of you know, I do some volunteer training for a service dog organization called Patriot Paws. They are here in north Texas, based out of Rockwall, Texas. Patriot Paws trains service dogs for veterans with disabilities – both physical disabilities and post-traumatic stress. Last summer, I worked with a dog named Logan, who […]

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Logan the yellow lab service dog

Logan’s graduation

You may remember Logan, the friendly white Labrador retriever who lived with me for two months this summer. Logan belonged to an organization called Patriot Paws and was in training to be a service dog. Patriot Paws is a non-profit organization that trains service dogs for veterans with physical disabilities and/or PTSD. It takes about […]

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