From House Manners to Competition Obedience Dogs

Heel Dog Training Academy

Mary Maltbie PhD 

Malta, NY


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Posted on May 26, 2015 at 11:08 AM Comments comments (155)

My dog is being stubborn

Posted on December 4, 2013 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (4)
Something I hear from some dog owners when they are working through a rough problem with their dog is the dog is being stubborn or spiteful. I think we have to be careful here and take a step back from these thoughts. I do believe dogs have minds of their own and feelings but those feelings are in a dog's frame of mind not human. In most cases, a dog is going to do what is to his advantage. After developing a working relationship with your dog, the dog will realize that working with you is always easier then against you. So the next time you run into a tough training issue with your dog, really take a look at the whole situation. More then likely the dog is not being spiteful or stubborn but somewhere along the training process, communication between the two of you is not clear. Back up in your training and see if things are made clearer to the dog. Or break down the exercise more to its smallest pieces and build from there. Training is always a thing of trust between you and the dog. And as I always say benefit of doubt goes to the dog.

New week of classes

Posted on November 3, 2013 at 9:44 PM Comments comments (106)
I am about to start a new session of classes this week at the Pet Lodge of Clifton Park.  The best part of my job is watching people get a better connection with their dogs.  The main objective of my classes is to give a dog handler a better way to communicate with their dog.  The handler has to learn how to make the rules of the house clear to the dog and how to be fair in doing this.  The best thing you can teach your dog is in order to get to do what he wants he has to work with you first.  When both dog and handler are going in the same direction, teaching the basic obedience commands is much easier. 

My Novice A Dog

Posted on September 26, 2013 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (13)
I am going through old videos of my dogs through the years and this one is of Pol, U-UD DNA's Polymerase UD,JH,WCX.  We were competing in the Novice Division at the Las Vegas Regional.  He was a wonderful introduction to the world of dogs, golden retrievers and all the different things you can do with your dog.  Video Pol at Las Vegas Regional

How to make corrections fair to the dog?

Posted on September 19, 2013 at 11:57 PM Comments comments (380)
Corrections in dog training are not a bad thing and in a lot of ways can help keep a clear line of communication between you and your dog.  There are two things a dog has to understand to make corrections fair and a great tool to use in your training bag,.  The first is the dog has to learn how to shut off a correction.  Let say you teach the dog that a pop on the collar means he should look at you.  The dog is distracted by something.  You pop on the collar.  The dog looks at you and you praise him and tell him how wonderful he is.  The most important thing is he understands that you are praising him for responding to the pop on the collar by looking at you.  The second thing a dog has to learn about a correction is how to avoid the correction.  What this means is the dog will avoid looking away from you because he does not want you to pop the collar.  The dog is not fearful of these corrections because they have been taught to him and he has learned that he is the one in control of the corrections.