Dog Psychology

Balanced Dog Training

The unfortunate truth is that the world of dog training is hugely divided. We are all in this business because we love, respect and want to help dogs, but somehow the human ego has gotten in the way and created an industry with a lot of contempt and childish name calling being thrown around. Quite

The Art of Timing in Dog Training

They say that timing is everything. As a matter of fact, in my (and many other trainers') opinion, timing is one of the things that is critical to being a good dog trainer. What exactly do we mean when we talk about "timing" anyway? Timing refers to that instant that you deliver some type of

Leash Reactivity

I have a confession...I'm watching you. When I am out with my dogs, I pay attention to how you interact with your dog, if your dog is in tune to you or completely disconnected. If he is happy or scared or anxious. If you are stressed or having fun. In the dog training business a

Dog Desensitization and Counterconditioning

A few short months ago, the little cutie in the picture above, Rocky Balboa (on the right), was so fearful that he would not walk on leash. Today was a big day for Mr. Balboa! We worked some desensitization and counterconditioning with Rocky, using our dogs, Nero and Luna. In a controlled, low distraction environment,

Basic Training Day with Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue Meet Up

We were invited to lead a dog training class that would go over some basic dog training principles as well as basic obedience and leash handling skills for the Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue Meet Up group. Huge thanks to all of those who attended, we had a great turnout with lots of fantastic dogs

By |2014-03-10T12:33:00+00:00March 10th, 2014|Dog Obedience, Dog Psychology, Dog Training|0 Comments

The Road to Success

Remember when you first started driving? You drove, slowly, through parking lots or uncrowded streets early in the morning before anybody was out. You had mom or dad in the car with you, talking you through just how hard to press on the breaks or the accelerator. How to avoid obstacles and prevent crashes. Over

By |2013-09-24T12:00:13+00:00September 24th, 2013|Behavior Modification, Dog Psychology, Dog Training|0 Comments

Effective Leadership

By Koru K9 Dog Training + Rehabilitation Let’s take a trip down memory lane for a second...back to when you were a kid. Your home, after school, and you know you should be doing your homework, but instead you decide to sneak out to hang out with some of your friends. Your kid brother catches

My Dog Pulls on Leash

By Koru K9 Dog Training + Rehabilitation Do you look like the guy in the picture above when walking your dog? One of the most common complaints that we receive as dog trainers is, “my dog pulls on leash.” We’ve all seen those people, or maybe you are one of those people, their dog is

By |2013-08-17T11:03:59+00:00August 17th, 2013|Behavior Modification, Dog Psychology, Dog Training|0 Comments

Shaping Behavior

By Koru K9 Dog Training and Rehabilitation Ray and I were at breakfast at the Seal Rock Inn this weekend. There was a family sitting next to us having breakfast. The dad was sandwiched in between his two young sons who were coloring. One would scream to get the father's attention, begging the father to

How Dog’s Learn

In our blog post, "Consistency is Key," we touched briefly on how dogs learn. This blog post is a brief introduction on a few key concepts that are important to understanding how dogs learn and what Koru K9's dog training philosophy is based on. Operant vs Classical Conditioning If you took any Psychology classes, then

By |2013-07-15T17:07:27+00:00July 15th, 2013|Dog Psychology, Dog Training|0 Comments
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