Taking the Lead
News and information about
dog training, understanding
dog behavior, and more.

November 2019

"My little dog---a heartbeat at my feet."
– Edith Wharton

Listen and Learn
Opening Hearts and Minds to a Deeper Understanding
By Pat Blocker, CPDT-KA
But I do know that to find the language, gestural, verbal or pictorial, one has recurrently to let everything go, all thoughts of what one loves, all images, and attend to the nothingness, seemingly nothing there – silence.
– Marion Milner
Humans are quite good at talking to dogs. Or it might be more accurate to say that we talk at dogs. It’s my mission as a dog trainer to enlighten people about both sides of the conversation and to focus on how humans can listen more than talk. I’ll point out that the words “listen” and “silent” are composed of the same letters. If we are silent, we’re better able to listen.  
Why Dogs Bite

Here's a great little video from The Dunbar Academy about why dogs bite. This clip is taken from Dr. Ian Dunbar's online seminar: New Concepts for the Treatment and Prevention of Dog Aggression: Biting and Fighting.

Learn to S I T T

Join us for a live,
interactive webinar.

November 12, 2019 6pm-6:40pm Mountain Time

Science • Intuition • Trust • Training

S I T T is a training methodology based on training with hearts and minds. You’ll learn how to build understanding and trust to facilitate better relationships through compassionate and informed training techniques.

S I T T is based on the book Letting in the Dog, Opening Hearts and Minds to a Deeper Understanding.

S I T T addresses reading dog body language and more. It explores the intersection between the academic and the spiritual—the juncture between hearts and minds.

Better communication engenders understanding and trust, which facilitates training and builds strong, trusting relationships.


November 12, 2019
6pm-6:40pm Mountain Time
All paid participants will receive a recording of the event.

Got Dog Problems?

House soiling? Chewing? Barking? Separation Anxiety? Fear of people?
Guarding Objects? Dog-Dog Reactivity? Pulling on-Leash? Jumping-up?
No Attention? No Recall? Whatever the problem, Dunbar Academy most probably has you covered with their online courses.

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."
--Groucho Marx

Recommended Reading From the Peaceful Paws Bookshelf

Dog Is Love:
Why and How Your Dog Loves You

by Clive D.L. Wynne PhD,

Every dog lover knows the feeling. The nuzzle of a dog’s nose, the warmth of them lying at our feet, even their whining when they want to get up on the bed. It really seems like our dogs love us, too. But for years, scientists have resisted that conclusion, warning against anthropomorphizing our pets. Enter Clive Wynne, a pioneering canine behaviorist whose research is helping to usher in a new era: one in which love, not intelligence or submissiveness, is at the heart of the human-canine relationship.

Available at your favorite bookseller.

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