Using Food for Training High Value

Dog Training Dilemma – To Treat or Not to Treat?

Since launching The Inquisitive Canine, I’m often asked about a somewhat meaty topic in the field of dog training and behavior – using food in training. So I thought I’d serve up a heaping helping of expertise in dog behavior with a side order of pawsitivity, discussing the who, what, how, when, and where of using food for training your inquisitive canine. Q: Should … Read More
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Inquisitive Canine Joan Hunter Mayer and BFF Ringo Starr

Celebrate National Best Friends Day with Your BFF – Best Fur Friend!

Sure dogs are humans’ best friends, but are you a BFF to your dog? Of course you are! And here are some more ways to celebrate that most sacred dog-hooman bond: Enhance your relationship by creating opportunities to unleash adventures and harness fun from your inquisitive canine’s point of view. How about a Sniffari? Explore dog-friendly places in your own town and neighborhood. Yes, … Read More
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Tips for Pet Preparedness Month and Fire Season

June is National Pet Preparedness Month. While we sincerely hope you’ll never have to face an emergency or disaster, we know that being prepared is the best way to safeguard you and your loved ones, whatever may come your way. We also know your pets are family and you’ll want to include them in your household’s preparedness plans. As you do, consider the following tips: # 1 … Read More
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Dog Training Skills for a Fun-in-the-Sun Summer!

Long holiday weekends.  Summertime. Finally!  After a very long and trying year, people- and their pets- are more than ready for some outdoor adventures, including heading out to the beach, hitting the trails, and best of all, visiting friends. Before lacing up those shoes and leashing up your dog, we think this is a perfect opportunity to share some helpful and fun tips to … Read More
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inquisitive canine rescue dog ringo starr

Five Ways Our Dogs Rescue Us

As National Rescue Dog Day approaches on May 20, let’s flip the script, and think about the ways that sometimes our dogs rescue us: Inspiration – Little did I know when we adopted a dog in 2003 that my life would soon go to the dogs! The original Inquisitive Canine, Poncho Gonzales Hunter Mayer sparked my interest in understanding the science of animal learning. … Read More
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Inquisitive Canine Pawsitive Cultural Shift

A Pawsitive Cultural Shift in Dog Training

The Inquisitive Canine is a force-free zone.  Albert Einstein once said, “Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.” We agree – and find that training your dog is a fun way to strengthen your bond through collaborative understanding. We are proud to be part of the pawsitive cultural shift in dog training, using methods that enhance the human-canine … Read More
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Should You Let Your Dog Sleep in Your Bed with You?

In my 16 plus years’ experience as a dog trainer and behavior consultant, there’s a hot topic that pet parents often ask me about: “Do you think it’s okay to let dogs sleep in bed with you?”  My answer? “It depends.” When deciding what’s best for you and your inquisitive canine, some considerations include: Age of the dog: Young puppies (or new dogs who aren’t … Read More
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How to Greet Politely

Unleashing Good Manners: How to Teach Your Dog to Greet Politely – Part Two

A composed dog greeting, be it at home or out and about, is one skill that is of the utmost importance in our human world. Everyone appreciates a polite pooch — us included! Below, we outline how to teach your dog that sitting to say hello gets tons of attention – petting, praise, food, play – while on the flip side, jumping up gets … Read More
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