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Why Punishing My Dog Didn’t Work…

When I first started learning about dog training, I was totally overwhelmed by the vast amount of information available. It was so confusing, even the top dog trainers in the world disagreed with each other on which training method was better.

You’d have Caesar Millan on one hand who advocates the dominance theory, and then you’d also have the exact opposite with Karen Pryor who trains strictly with Positive Reinforcements…

So… Which one is right? And who should I listen to when training my dog?!

To be totally honest with you, I was confused. So I decided to go to my local dog training school and do what they told me. Their training methods were a mixture between the two; they would punish the dog for bad behaviors and reward the dog for good behaviors.

On the surface, this system seemed to work very well – my dogs were obedient. But one day, something strange happened…

I was at a local agility ring, and my dog Onyx (a Siberian Husky) was pulling on the leash very hard, as she wanted to go play with another dog. So I did as I had been told, and I yanked on the leash to correct my dog for the bad behavior. But I could tell that the yanking really hurt my dog, she was moving her tongue as if the yanking on the leash made her bite it.

And to make it worse, other people there were all staring at me like I did something wrong. So I began to question myself… “Did I do the right thing?”

I kept convincing myself that this was the proper response, because that’s what the trainers had told me to do when she pulled on the leash. But was it? Was there an alternative?

My world changed when I asked myself this question: “If I were a dog, how would I like to be trained?”

And my answer was eye-opening! Because I wouldn’t want to be trained with corrections like I was doing.

So I made the decision to learn how the experts in positive reinforcements training were able to train their dogs. And what I discovered was that you really don’t need to correct your dog, you simply need to build the good behaviors strongly enough that it becomes second nature to the dog.

And that’s what I’ve been doing ever since. So it is my hope with this e-mail that you will learn from my mistakes, and also learn a new way of training your dog … because in the end, I think what we really want as dog owners is to have a dog that is happy and behaves nicely. We can have both!

Power Quote: “Positive reinforcement training is in my opinion, the best way to build trust in the relationship with your dog.” – Jean Cote


Tug-Toy Contest Winners

I’m super excited to announce the winners of the Tug-Toy Contest! Did you know that the contest received over 230 comments and 179 entries?!


As I mention in the video below … everybody who entered the contest will receive a FREE dog trick lesson from me (which one is revealed inside the video.)

(Click the Play button.)

And the winners are:

Karen – Winner #1

Julie Rodger – Winner #2

Julie Dawson – Winner #3

Here is a photo of the randomizer app:


Congratulations! And thank you everybody for participating in the contest and for writing all of those great comments … it was a lot of fun!

Do you want me to hold another contest?

If you have an idea for a FUN and EXCITING contest … let me know by writing it in the comments section below!

Thank you!


Welcome to Success Dogs!

What do you see when you look at the image above? To me, it encompasses fun, excitement and engagement between dog and owner … which is exactly what my training philosophy is all about!

You see, I created this website because I believe that successful dog training goes beyond the end-result. To be truly successful, I believe you need to train in a way that is fun, builds trust and grows your relationship with your dog.

I talk more about this in the video below … (Click the play button.)

As for the contest, I will randomly pick 3 comments below and send them what I consider to be the world’s best tug toy ever! (It’s my favorite tug toy to play with my dogs.)

Make sure that you write your answer to the question “What does success mean to you? (in terms of training your dog)” in the comment section below.

And don’t forget to attach a photo of your dog! (Yes, I want to see your dog!)

The contest ends in just a few days … (I will announce the winners.)

Good luck!

UPDATE: The contest is now closed. Click here to see who won!

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