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…

Summertime and Our Dogs

The summer months are a wonderful time to get out and spend time with our dogs. However, life in the sun is not always easy for our four-legged companions. Just like humans, our pets can dehydrate, overheat, sunburn and suffer from insect…

Megan’s Musings: Regulations

If you have not seen this already, last week there was an article in the Calgary Herald about an employee at a dog care facility that is being charged with animal abuse. You can read the article here.  We have received many calls and emails,…