The *hunt* is on for my top dog!

I love Easter… Why? Because I get to play “dog mom” to my little one Poncho. I know I know, even though I am a positive reinforcement dog trainer here in Ventura at The Inquisitive Canine. I do know I’m an over-the-top dog mom too. Every Easter I like to set up a “kibble hunt” for Poncho in our back yard. This is actually something I … Read More
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Therapy dogs and reading…

Let’s give a BIG shout-out to the Ventura County H.P. Wright Library! Why? Because of their “Paws for Reading” program. How wonderful it was to find out they offer such a delightful program to the children of our community – and to the many Canine Good Citizens and their humans too. Improving reading skills, as well as building self-confidence (for both the children and the … Read More
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Ready, and ACTION!

Wow, mom might be in the movies! And a documentary at that…which means it’s important. Jennifer and Graham are journalism film students at the Brooks Institute here in Ventura. They feel very passionate about the “culture” of us canines, and want to help promote spaying and neutering to help the over pet-population…(oh brother do I know about that… I come from the Animal Kind … Read More
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Dog Behavior: a realistic look

Poncho and I just got home from spending a nice romp on the baseball field. Before we walked around ourselves I spent a few minutes just watching the young kids with their parents playing catch, doing warm-up drills, and getting settled in before they started their game. I noticed there were some kids throwing the ball in every direction they could – even if … Read More
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Photo Op Rockin’ Road Trip!

It was picture day for me, mom and dad today! Headed north to one of my favorite places – Summerland Beach Park… We met Miss. Jennifer there for some picture taking. Mom needed some photo’s for her website – but she wanted some of our little family too, so we all headed north for the fun.  Miss. Jennifer has her own company – Jennifer … Read More
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Positive Reinforcement and dog training – what is is?

The term “Positive Reinforcement” is such the “in thing” to say nowadays when it comes to training your pet dog – but what exactly does it mean? In a very small nutshell, it means adding something, or giving something, to an animal they find pleasant after a behavior is performed in order to increase the frequency of that behavior. For example: you ask your … Read More
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This dog is ready to race!

Wow, another great road trip! Mom and dad took me on a great road trip today… Headed south to visit their friends in Camarillo Nancy and Gordon…and their puppy Kona – mom knows them from her one of the puppy classes she teaches. I guess mom and dad wanted to check out their beautiful yard and the landscaping…but I got to check it out … Read More
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Awesome You Tube dog filled day for my mom!

Mom had a fun partytoday – for all of the new puppies. I’m not invited because it’s for the youngsters only, but that’s okay cuz dad and I got to go have our own fun! We stopped by afterwards because moms “dream team” came for a visit too, and they wanted to see me – and I wanted to see them. Miss Lorrie, Miss … Read More
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Recipe for dog training success!

When it comes to dog training, I’ve noticed that most humans focus on the final product, and not how to get there. Similar to going out to eat a meal – we focus on the finished yummy meal brought to our table, not how it was prepared. Why should we when someone else is doing the work? We may inquire how something is made … Read More
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