The dogma of Digging

Spring is upon us and with the disappearance of winter comes the emergence of long buried smells, insects, and new growth. Most dogs love this time of year for exploring, sniffing, and tearing up the earth. Digging can be a frustrating behaviour…

The dogma of Manners: Jumping

Many dog owners face the challenge of training their dog not to jump on people. It can be frustrating and embarrassing and we often unintentionally reward this behaviour. Whether it is the first time we bring our sweet puppy home and give them…

The dogma of Handling

One of the most important skills I have with my dogs is how they accept handling and the calming effect it has on them. I feel that this is a critical thing to work on with dogs, and in my experience, see that most dog owner's and people who…

Annika’s Story: Training Wolves and Mongolian Street Dogs

When I was first given the opportunity to work overseas with one of the world’s best animal trainers, I was in complete and utter shock! But seriously, who gets to train wolves for a movie in China? Little did I know, this gift would be…

The dogma of Dog Training: Introduction to Positive Training

Reward Based Training At dogma, our approach to training is reward based. You may have heard this referred to as positive reinforcement training. The basic concept is that dogs learn primarily through association. So this means that if you…

Megan’s Musings: A Change in Direction

It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing the stop of our Volunteer Education Program that was launched almost 2 years ago.  This program offers all of our classes and education events at no charge to volunteers, and we also provided…