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Is Your Dog Dominating You?

by Denise Mazzola, CPDT-KA   He’s being dominate. Don’t let your dog out the door first, she’s dominating you. She never comes to me when I call, she’s being dominate. Sound familiar? I’ll be honest here, I cringe at the word dominant. It’s misused; especially by some well liked, commercially popular dog trainers. It’s over […]

Has Your Pet Got You Trained?

By Denise Mazzola, CPDT-KA   Monday, July 1, 2013 (Published in the Ledger-Transcript: Tuesday, July 2, 2013)   In the more than 20 years that I’ve been training dogs and people, I’ve never once met a dog that was stupid. No, not possible. Dogs are simple creatures, determining minute by minute what is in their […]

All About Motivation

by Denise Mazzola, CPDT-KA   Motivation and Your Dog When you touch the hot stove as a child, or as an adult, it is usually so painful, so aversive, that you avoid touching it again. That is motivation to avoid the unpleasant feeling. If you’re like me and have gotten a two hundred dollar speeding […]