'Ask the Dog Guy' with John Wade

Embracing Science and Common Sense

Companion Dog Training

Is The Problem Companion Dog Owners or Companion Dog Trainers?

– Posted in: ‘All Positive/Purely Positive/Force-Free . . . (Treats, Treats, Treats)’, All Positive AKA Force Free Dog Training, Clicker Training, Companion Dog Training, Dog Trainers, Fully Balanced Companion Dog Training, Might is Right Dog Training, Partially Balanced, Trainers and Training, ‘Might Is Right’
Bad Dog

I won’t here as it’s a seminar level presentation rather than a casual blog post but I can make a reasonable, strong and scientifically supported argument that very little that currently passes for ‘learning theory’ in companion dog training is based on canine or human behavior in the context of how any higher order social [...]

Things to Know About Owning Guarding/Aggression Breeds While They Are Still A Puppy

– Posted in: Aggression, Breeders and Breeding, Cane Corso (Italian Mastiff), Companion Dog Training, Dog Behavior Miscellaneous Articles, Dog Trainers, Mastiff, Molosser, Newsletters, Presa Canario, Rottweiler, Tips
aggressive (by design)

The Cuteness Trap Specially Recommended for These Readers: Breeders of Guarding/Aggression (By Design) Breeds (as a resource for puppy inquiries and buyers) People Interested in Owning Guarding/Aggression (By Design) Breeds Dog Trainers Working with People with Guarding/Aggression (By Design) Breeds Puppies Veterinarians with Less Aware Clients That Bring In Guarding/Aggression (By Design) Breeds Puppies People [...]

2 Finger Rule for Dog Collars

– Posted in: Companion Dog Training, Dog Behavior Miscellaneous Articles, John Wade’s Ask the Dog Guy – Wadecollar, Newsletters, Trainers and Training
2 finger rule

2 Finger Rule – Fact or Fiction Dear John, I have the Wade Collar which my dog trainer, Nancy Johansen, gave us when she helped us with our dog.  We have a 1 year 10 month old Staffordshire Bull Terrier.  As I’m sure you know, he is quite the little puller on the leash.  We [...]

Ignore Bad Behaviour and Reward Good Behaviour Dog Training

– Posted in: All Positive AKA Force Free Dog Training, Companion Dog Training, Newsletters

How about like every mother dog, wolf, ape and human being we just shoot for being ‘All Positive’ almost all the time and end up with fewer frustrated dog owners, euthanized and abandoned dogs, not to mention all those ‘All Positive/Force-Free’ “trained” dogs that end up living for the most part under house arrest because [...]

Come When Called (Golden Retriever/Rottweiler Cross)

– Posted in: ‘All Positive/Purely Positive/Force-Free . . . (Treats, Treats, Treats)’, Clicker Training, Come – No Matter What, Dog Behavior Miscellaneous Articles, Golden Retriever, Miscellaneous, Rottweiler

Hi there, I have a 1.5-year-old Golden Retriever/Rottweiler cross, and he is generally very good but he does have a problem which I don’t seem to be able to fix. While outside he doesn’t always come when called. He knows his name! but he just tunes me out whenever he feels like it. I’ve tried [...]