Coming Soon – “Creature Feature”


February 1, 2016 by The Dog Rules

I began writing this blog with the intention of sharing some of the lessons that dear Dog taught me over our nearly 16 years together. When she came along I had already raised and trained many dogs using the standard training techniques that were, at the time, considered to be tried and true methods. Most of them included using a “lure” or a “treat” as the reward for a behaviour successfully performed. Little Dog proved to be the exception to the rule.

Almost all general training instructions tell the human to reward their animal with a “treat” which is generally interpreted to mean a food reward. This is a time-tested method that applies to most (not all) animals.  You teach puppy to “sit” and when puppy complies you present the treat as reward for compliance.

When this works for most of the animals you can easily find yourself lulled into a sense of comfort that you really know what you are doing and the animal ought to respond/react accordingly. Thankfully most of them fit the model. What do you do with the ones who don’t? Are they stupid? Just stubborn? Untrainable? Or are you just missing something in the communication?

“Training is not a luxury, but a key component to good animal care. Everyone who has a pet should understand that basic fact. Training is a way to enhance the quality of life for our pets. It is far more than teaching a dog to do a cute trick. Training is how to teach a dog (or any animal) how to live in our world safely.” – Ken Ramirez


When I adopted Dog, at the tender age of 7 weeks, we began in my familiar territory. She learned at an amazing rate by my using the “tried and true” methods for house training a puppy. By the age of 9 weeks she knew that she was to “go outside”. I thought this was going to be easy. Just like all the others.

I was wrong…

(Stay tuned for bi-weekly posts of my insights and training tips.)



3 thoughts on “Coming Soon – “Creature Feature”

  1. theturtle says:

    Looking forward to it 😉
    Turtle Hugs 🙂

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  2. tippysmom2 says:

    Fortunately, my Tippy will do just about anything for a small piece of chicken or hotdog. But, I have found that some of the standard commands mean nothing to her. She ignores “come,” but comes every time when I say, “Tippy, Where are you?” I think she just likes the idea that she has a choice and is being asked to do something, not told. LOL Looking forward to you future posts.

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    • I once had a dog who had selective hearing and only came when he determined that you were getting really frustrated. Then he’d sail in with a waving tale and the “oh did you mean Me?” expression. Humm,,, perhaps I’ll have to tell some of his stories too.

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The Dog Rules

Once the proud guardian of a rather cheeky Border Collie/Aussie Cattle Dog mix, may she forever rest in peace, my favourite activities were those things that included my canine friend. Now I have a new canine buddy in my life. He's also a Border Collie and sassy like my girl was. We're in the middle of an adventure; teaching him how to be a good canine citizen I spend my spare time volunteering at the local animal shelter as a dog walker/trainer. You can read all about it @

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