Category Archives: Dog training

The dog crate: cruel cage or comfy den

Recommendations on how to get your dog used to a crate By Laure-Anne Viselé, Feb 2012 Caging a dog? Over the past few years, the crate has become all the rage in dog training circles. It’s graduated from controversial to mainstream, even in the humane, positive dog training crowds. The idea is two-pronged: It takes […]

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Dog recall: get your dog to come back reliably

Blog post about training a great recall By Laure-Anne Viselé, April 2011 What is a recall? It’s a fancy word meaning: ‘The dog comes back when called’. A good recall means: The dog comes back quickly and enthusiastically The dog stops close to you The dog waits until you allow him to leave again Why is […]

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We only use positive methods, shame our students don’t

Blog post about attending positive dog training school allowing aversive dog training methods By Laure-Anne Viselé, March 2011 The lost art of keeping your mouth shut It’s tough attending a training class when you are shocked by the practices of your fellow students. But I am not the instructor in that class, so it’s not […]

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No Science About It

Guest post about dog training and science, By Julie Nutter, dog blogger, Feb 2011 Introduction The bloggospere’s wittiest dog writer, Julie Nutter, kindly accepted to write a guest post on Canis bonus. Boy did she deliver! Read on to discover Julie’s fresh and thought-provoking style.ert line here insert line here No Science About It And […]

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The Case of the learned dog: chat with a dog scientist

Interview with dog scientist and author of multiple published pet books: Linda Case By Laure-Anne Viselé, August 2010 This interview is part of my Dog Professionals Hall of fame, showcasing the dog professions in all their glory. Linda Case, Dog scientist Actually Linda is an animal scientist, but I figured dog would sound more on-topic. Linda has […]

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How to respond to fallacies in dog training

Article about logical fallacies in the dog training world By Laure-Anne Viselé, February 2011 Dog professionals and differences of opinion Anyone involved in dog training will agree: there is a shocking lack of consensus about even the most fundamental points. I am all for diversity of opinion, but eventually, popular myths have GOT to be […]

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Dog training school: what not to do to your customers

Article about my attempts at finding a dog training school in the Netherlands By Laure-Anne Viselé, January 2011 March 2013 update: Putting our money where our mouth is So, after years of preparation, we are finally opening up our own dog training school! Read more to find out about OhMyDog! Dog training school (The Hague). […]

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Dog training: traditional vs. modern theories

Academic essay comparing traditional and modern approaches in dog training By Laure-Anne Viselé, December 2010 Academic paper on traditional versus modern dog training theories I wrote this essay, Traditional vs modern dog training theories, as part of my canine psychology qualification. It compares the main traditional and modern approaches in dog training. If you are looking for solid, […]

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Stop your dog from scavenging while out walking

Article about training dogs to stop scavenging By Laure-Anne Viselé, December 2010 I have just read the most chilling news: 22 dogs have just been picked up by ambulance for acute poisoning in Utrecht (the Netherlands). Someone sprinkled bags full of yummy treats laced with poison. I am so disgusted. As many walks in my immediate neighbourhood are frequently […]

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Dogs: the Art of Intelligent Punishment

A rational look at punishment in dog training By Laure-Anne Visele, Nov 2012. The issue of punishment is one of the stickiest issues in the dog world. There are two extremes, and a flurry in the middle: Team right: extremely compulsion-based trainers: You get bonus points for hanging your dog up when he does not sit […]

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