Pup-A-Tunities Class Starting in April!

Dog Training Class Class starts Thursday, April 3 2014 and runs for 5 weeks in Sandpoint.  This course is designed to give puppies a healthy balance of socialization and training that is easy for any dog owner.  Pup-A-Tunities gives owners the understanding it takes to train any behavior or get rid of any pesky, annoying behavior while maintaining a respectful relationship.

Come meet your pup’s new best friends!  Class size is limited.  Register at North Idaho Animal Hospital to reserve your spot or call 208-627-8134.


Teaching your dog to come – reliably!

If you look at this video you can see how easy it is to tap into a puppy’s brain to communicate that you want the dog to chase you – or come to you. This is a fun and natural way to introduce this concept to your puppy. Most dogs will think that whatever you are doing is more fun than what they are doing, provided that your actually doing something. Some dogs have learned that humans are tricky and have learned to come just within reach and then jump away. What do you do then? Continue reading Teaching your dog to come – reliably!

Why Positive Training?

When people in the US first started taking their dogs to dog training classes, the vast majority of the knowledge of dog training came from training dogs for the military.  This meant that they used aggressive methods designed to train the dogs as quickly as possible with a high rate of failure. These methods were developed using a limited set of breeds.  Those dogs were viewed as tools, not as pets or companions.

Most of us are here because we want to have a companion in our house that is a joy to live with.  As healthy social creatures we don’t feel happiness when we use force or violence.  We all prefer to have choices, just like our dogs, and how much better do we feel when we see someone we love making a decision out of love?  When compulsion is used we take away the opportunity for the dog to make decisions because any action other than the expected behavior results in pain.  Some dogs can be trained very effectively with these methods.  The problems lie with the dogs that are too small to safely use these methods, dogs with sensitive personalities and people who want to have an enjoyable experience training their dog.  For those who wish to go beyond there are some tricks you just can’t train using fear of pain. Continue reading Why Positive Training?

A Great Power Point on Canine Body Language!

If you are interested in learning more about how dogs communicate then this is a great power point designed for you.    Go ahead and print it out, make notes, write in experiences you’ve had and see what triggers your dog.  Many times we think we know what is going on in our dog’s head and this will give you confidence in knowing more about how your dog is feeling when exhibiting certain behaviors.

What are the most important signs to look for?

What is it about a look that a dog gives me that lets me know how he is feeling?


Thank you BlueDogTraining.com for this great information!

Interested in learning more about Obedience and Protection training from the best?

March 19th and 20th, Saturday and Sunday, Dean Calderon will be holding a clinic at:
BARWALT TOOL COMPANY, 5171 East Seltice Way, Post Falls, Idaho. Dean Calderon will be working with 10 dogs, 2 dobermans and 8 GSDs, three of which are worked by handlers that compete nationally and internationally. Each day he will be working with all dogs in both disciplines. The cost is $50 for both days as a spectator. Check out the brochure for more information!
Calderon Brochure