Fading Rewards

Luring & Rewarding vs. Bribing

One of the biggest stumbling blocks for dog trainers and different levels is the ability to fade the rewards and gain compliance from their dogs.

Once the treat or toy is gone, the dog stops performing and the whole training game falls apart.

Well, in this week’s lesson I address this complex issue by delving into the mind of the dog and explaining the difference between Luring & Rewarding vs. Bribing. For a dog to be well trained, he must do what we ask him to do without …Read More

Obedience First

Training for Success

How you begin your training routine is among the very most important aspects of your training. 

Even with the very best training techniques, you can still have a difficult time training your dog unless you know how to start and the importance of the structure of the training.  I’ve had many people ask me “how I train my dogs, how I interact with them?”  So, I want to start posting some lessons that show this important structure.

To train for success you must start off on the right foot. 

NO matter …Read More

Play With Your Dog

Play with Your Dog

I was talking the other day with a fellow trainer and some interesting topics came up; one I thought I would discuss here.

It seems people are all-too anxious to “train” their dogs and miss one of the most fundamental elements necessary to train: relationship.  I’ve discussed this over and over again in my lectures as well as my articles and posts, but I want to address it again.

Beginning with training before you have a relationship with a dog can be very detrimental to the relationship between you and your dog …Read More

anthropomorphizing dogs


I wrote this article for the Bound Angels University training manual, but think this information is so important that I’d like to share it with everyone.

I think dogs suffer terribly at the hand of man and therefor I strive to help people better understand what it is that we can do to help them. Key among those things is realizing that a dog is a dog and not putting excess expectations upon him. This is a surefire set up for failure. This article addresses it to a certain degree. Please …Read More

Dog Behaviors Must be Trained

Dog’s Behaviors Don’t Fix Themselves

Dogs are creatures of survival. They find what works and they keep doing it. Their behaviors don’t change, they simply adapt. If they are heading in a direction of aggression, they will continue in that direction until it stops working. Dogs are masters of opportunity and will use this skill to push any behaviors that are not put into check.

That being said, I’d like to focus on this issue for this post. If a dog attacks another dog, and then does it again, it is NO LONGER an ISOLATED incident. …Read More

alpha dog training the best way to train your dog

Absolute Alpha Dog

Absolute Alpha is a term that I use to define the “true way” to lead.

In the event that you are not aware of the basic concept of Black Belt Dog Training (even after reading the name)… the philosophy stems from my background in traditional martial arts. If you understand the ways of the traditional martial arts, you must embrace the way of Zen. In Zen, everything is nothing and nothing is everything. That is to say, in this situation you must become everything, yet remain humble.

I see so many people …Read More