Entries by Jim Burwell

Dog Training Using the Gentle Leader

What I’ve experienced in my years of dog training, is that the Gentle Leader is a great dog training tool when you need to control large unruly dogs and/or aggressive dogs – regardless of size. The key to using the Gentle Leader in dog training is persistence – desensitizing your dog to wearing the Gentle […]

Your dog's not stupid

The other day I had a training session with a client and her Beagle.  He is a highly distracted dog with his nose always to the ground and she was having difficulty getting a reliable recall or “come” command. I remember someone asking me one time, “Why do some dogs do better in obedience than […]

Tug of War With Your Dog – Good or Bad—depends

Is playing tug of war a good game to engage in with your dog?  It depends on who does it, and how the game is played. Every dog has, to a greater or lesser degree, predatory instincts or prey drive.  Prey drive includes such behaviors as:  running, chasing, biting and chewing. Before you start it will also be […]

Dog Problems – Denial or Procrastination

To this day, I will never understand why people will wait until dog problems get to a point of frustration, panic or pain (emotion or physical) to seek help on understanding and fixing the problem.  Some people it seems, at least from my experience, stay in denial or put up with a myriad of dog […]

When Dogs Attack Walkers, Runners, Bicyclists

I received an email from a lady asking me about helping with training walkers, runners and bikes in deterring dog attacks effectively and safely.  Interesting request. The actual activities of walking, running and biking (motion activities) all tend to elicit the prey drive in dogs.  While avoidance is the best cure for the problem, it […]

Problems walking on a leash

In the last week, I’ve been with 3 different clients whose common complaint was dog aggression.  One dog was a female lab mix, another was a male golden and the last was a female Corgi.  The female lab was definitely territorial and lacked proper socialization.  But, the Golden and the Corgi’s behaviors could clearly be […]

Which Breed of Dog is Best ?

Which breed of dog is best? This question always amazes me.  For some reason most folks think that within a specific breed all dogs born of that breed will have the same characteristics.  Everyone thinks that goldens are perfect and couldn’t possibly have any behaviorial issues.  Along those same lines, most everyone thinks that Rottweilers […]

When Dogs Growl at Children

One of the most common reasons dogs get sent to shelters, or worse, put down, is for their behavior with children.  Dogs and children – it is a 2 way street.  Yes, dogs need to understand how to behave with children, yet many parents neglect teaching their children how to behave with the dog—and the dog […]

Choosing Your Family Dog

Thinking about getting a new dog or puppy? Generally it’s better to plan an adoption from a shelter or the purchase of a pure bred dog. But, you never know when you will happen upon a stray that tugs on your heart strings. I was surprised once. I said I would never have a new […]