Abusing Dogs

Posted on: September 8th, 2016 by JGellman • 

Abusing Dogs By Sean O’Shea While typically we associate the abuse of dogs with denying them food, shelter, or physically harming them, the abuse I see in my work is far more common, insidious, and acceptable. Why insidious? Because it’s abuse that is shared under the guise of love, caring, or just a lack of […]


The Ten Commandments Of Dog Training And Ownership (Do!)

Posted on: September 8th, 2016 by JGellman • 

The Ten Commandments Of Dog Training And Ownership (Do!) By Sean O’Shea 1) Thou shall only pet, soothe, and share soft energy with a dog when they are in a healthy and positive state of mind. We learned in The Ten Commandments Of Dog Training (Don’t!) that sharing soft energy or soothing interactions with our […]


Show Me Don’t Tell Me

Posted on: September 8th, 2016 by JGellman • 

Show Me Don’t Tell Me By Sean O’Shea Few industries have as much contentious, friction-filled, vitriolic, opinionated, near-religious beliefs being flung around as does the dog training world. Opinionated owners and trainers will noisily (and nastily) condemn the tools, training methods, and approaches being used by others. It might be pure positive trainers (or believers) […]


The 10/10 Principle

Posted on: September 8th, 2016 by JGellman • 

The 10/10 Principle By Sean O’Shea What’s the number one question we get from owners? When can we pet him? When can we love on him? When can he be on the couch? When can he have total freedom? Okay, that’s several questions, but you get the idea, right?😉 When people get dogs they don’t […]


What Didn’t Happen To Your Dog

Posted on: September 8th, 2016 by JGellman • 

What Didn’t Happen To Your Dog By Sean O’Shea So many dog with issues tend to automatically get labeled as abused. Their owners or caretakers often create elaborate stories and possible causes for their fear, insecurity, reluctance, panic, and unique emotional triggering around specific people or things. And of course there are abused dogs out […]


You, Your Dog, And Consequences

Posted on: September 8th, 2016 by JGellman • 

You, Your Dog, And Consequences By Sean O’Shea What happens after you get a speeding ticket? What happens after your doctor tell you your cholesterol is dangerously high? What happens when your spouse threatens to leave because of your behavior? What happens when your accountant tells you you’ve spent far more than you earned? Well, […]


Healing Mental And Physical Illness Through Training??

Posted on: September 8th, 2016 by JGellman • 

Healing Mental And Physical Illness Through Training?? By Sean O’Shea Something that I think is hard for a lot of folks to wrap their heads around is that many of the issues their dogs have (both physiologically and psychologically) are simply the symptoms of being stressed and anxious. Dogs who are constantly on edge, worried, […]


Blurred Lines

Posted on: September 8th, 2016 by JGellman • 

Blurred Lines By Sean O’Shea So how come things have gotten so much more dicey with our dogs? How come there seems to be far more ill-behaved dogs than the “good old days”? How come there’s so much aggression, resource guarding, possessiveness, separation anxiety, reactivity, and so on? Am I just out of touch and […]


Building An Athlete

Posted on: September 8th, 2016 by JGellman • 

Building An Athlete By Sean O’Shea One of the biggest messages out there in dog training is the one about a tired dog being a good dog. The premise is, that if you’ll just find a way to tucker your dog out consistently, he’ll be happy, well-behaved, and chill. Your job is to find out […]


Permission-Based Training: How And Why It Works

Posted on: September 8th, 2016 by JGellman • 

Permission-Based Training: How And Why It Works By Sean O’Shea One of our primary goals when training and rehabbing dogs is to shift them out of auto-pilot, reactionary, impulsive mode, and get them into a listening, processing, thinking mode. What does this auto-pilot/reactionary/impulsive behavior mode look like? It’s the mode where the dog sees, hears, […]