Meet Max
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Meet Max

Max Videos

My favorite dog training videos to watch are the ones where the dog and the handler make mistakes and recover from those mistakes. I like watching the actual learning process. Well, these are not those videos. On this page, you'll see Max in action after he's learned a behavior. For the actual training videos, you'll need to login to our training portal. Enjoy!

Max's First Year

We met Max and his brother during adoption weekend at PetSmart in May 2016. The boys were 3 months old. Their mom is a boxer; father unknown. Both puppies were adorable, but I decided I liked "this one" because he was more engaged with the environment while his brother seemed content to just sniff the ground. As we were signing Max's adoption paperwork, another family adopted his brother! :-) The first thing I had to teach Max was how to learn. Then it was GAME ON!

Containing the Happy Dance

Max weighed only 20 lbs when we brought him home, but the vet said he was going to be a big dog - 60+ lbs. Thinking ahead, I asked myself, "How do I want my big dog to greet people?" The answer was "Calmly!" 

Age: 5 months

Position Changes (Quick Drill)

Here's Max practicing his position changes. 

Age: 6 months

Asking to Go Outside

Some dogs bark at the door when they want to go outside. Not Max. He preferred to sit at the door and hope someone noticed. Consequently, I found myself cleaning up many puddles at the back door even after he was house trained. So I had to teach him to get my attention.

Age: 6 months

PVC Self Feeder

I like making things with PVC so when I saw this idea on the internet, I could not resist. And they were right, dogs love it!

Age: 7 months

Position Changes (Proofing)

Sometimes we think our dogs are following verbal commands when they're really reading our body language. So in this session, I decided to test Max to see if he really can follow verbal commands.

Age: 9 months

CHIN

I taught Max to lower his head to the floor on the CHIN command. This behavior comes in handy when he's around new people and I want him to look calm and submissive.

Age: 9 months

PLACE (on a rock)

The PLACE command is commonly used to tell a dog to go to his bed, but what the dog really understands is to put four feet on the object. The command can be applied to many objects.
Age: 15 months

OUT

When I was a kid, I did like a lot of people... I taught my dog he had better allow me to reach into his dog bowl while he was eating! I have to admit, it was a power struggle sometimes. Once we got Max, I learned there is a better way. The OUT command. It means disengage.

Verbal Only Commands

In this session, I am testing Max's impulse control and ability to follow verbal only commands.
Age: 15 months

TOUCH vs PLACE

On the TOUCH command, Max is trained to put two feet on the object. On the PLACE command, he should put four feet on it. In this session, I'm checking to see if Max knows the difference.

Age: 15 months

CAVE

There are a few things to know about this video...
  1. We adopted a no free food policy for Max.
  2. Max rarely eats from a bowl.
  3. Max eats regular dog food during training so he's not overfed on treats.
  4. Even on my lazy days, Max works for his meals.

Age: 17 months

That Was Easy

One day, my nephew BJ, age 10, asked if we can teach Max to press the That Was Easy button. He and his cousin Angela, age 13, came up with a very detailed lesson plan to shape Max's behavior toward the goal. Over the next few days, the kids took turns marking close approximations to the desired behavior and before long, Max was pressing the button! My job was to deliver the reward every time they said "Yes!". In this clip, you can hear Angela's disbelief that Max reached the goal in just three sessions!

Age: 18 months

OUT and CAVE

In this video, Max is given the command to stop eating. Then he has to walk away from his bowl to follow the CAVE command.
Age: 20 months

WATCH ME (working for food)

In our home, mealtime is synonymous with training time. But do I always feel like conducting training? No. So here is what mealtime looks like on a lazy day.

Age: 2 years

Mmmm...

Ask me what's my favorite Max video... it's probably the last one I uploaded. But this one is special. I've always wanted to make a video where it looks like Max is imitating me. I did not plan to teach Max this behavior; it happened organically. And it's one of my top favorites! I was able to put the behavior on command in about 10 sessions.

Age: 2 years

Door Manners

Are you constantly trying to prevent your dog from bolting out the door? Try teaching him wait for permission instead.

Age: 2 years

TALK

On this day, I grabbed my camera because Max was in a talkative mood. He knows the following commands involving his mouth.

  1. Say (bark)
  2. Shhh... (be quiet)
  3. Talk (open and close mouth while making sound)
  4. Mmmm (moan and lick chops simultaneously)
  5. Ahhh... (open mouth without a sound)

Age: 3 years

Hanging Out      

From day one, Max wanted to play with the cat. At first, it was cute and his antics made us laugh, but I had to look ahead. I wanted Harley to trust Max and be relaxed around him. So I worked with Max and helped them create a relationship that is sustainable. And now we enjoy this!

Age: 3 years

FOOT

I am teaching Max the FOOT command because I want a command that requires him to make physical contact with me. This command comes in handy when we're in public or among strangers. Alternatively, you can teach your dog to touch his shoulder to your leg when he stand besides you.

Age: 3 years

CAVE (While in Motion)

It's important to be creative and unpredictable during training. Make sure you do it in a way that keeps your dog's success rate high. In this session, I am challenging Max to follow the CAVE commands while in motion before a meal.

Age: 3 years

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Client Videos

Client Videos

Meet Liberty, a beautiful GSD. Her parents adopted her when she was 2 months old. They enrolled her in basic dog training classes, but the training was not very fruitful. When I met Liberty, she was 5 months old and had become unmanageable. She was quite strong and, sadly, was exhibiting signs of aggression toward her parents (retirees). My goal was to teach Liberty how to learn, and teach her parents how to communicate with her. It turned out, Liberty is not only a sweet dog, she's also brilliant! She learned more than a dozen commands in the short time we spent together. To see more Liberty videos, login to our training portal.

Liberty's Evaluation and Assessment

Today, Liberty's parents dropped her off so I can evaluate and assess her behavior. She has attended dog training classes with her mom, but she isn't following any commands consistently. She's been labeled as unruly, defiant, and aggressive. I don't think she is any of those things. I think she's simply untrained.
Age: 5 months

OUT

Liberty has a history of growling and biting people when they reach for her food and her family is concerned that she is becoming aggressive. In this session, I introduce Liberty to the OUT command. For the first 5-10 minutes, I compelled her to backup. Within 16 minutes, she offers to back up and sit down when she hears the command. Yay Liberty!

PLACE

Liberty's has been introduced to the PLACE command. However, she does not follow the command consistently and certainly not with distractions.

LEAVE IT

Liberty not only bites people when they reach for her food, but she also steals food. What (untrained) dog doesn't? The LEAVE IT command is simple. It means do not engage.

Delivering the Food Reward

In this video, I'll show you the right and wrong way to deliver a food reward to your dog.

Loose Leash Walking

When I met Liberty two weeks ago, she didn't know how to walk on a leash. She pulled when she wanted to, stopped and started when she wanted to, and changed lanes when she wanted to. After a few minutes of eCollar conditioning in my driveway, I took Liberty across the street for our first loose leash walk. I had to use the eCollar to remind her to stay close to me for the first minute or so. After that, no eCollar and she walked very nicely with me on a loose leash for over 10 minutes.

PLACE (with distractions) 

Liberty and I have spent about a week together. At this point, she responds to over a dozen commands at a high success rate. In this session, I challenge Liberty to remain on PLACE despite a series of distractions.