Raymer Family Dog Training News: Winter 2021

Happy winter!

Book Reviews:

I’m still working on Malena’s separation anxiety book. I wanted to include some others I will be covering soon as well in case anyone is interested in reading along or presenting some questions from the books.

Here they are:

Separation Anxiety in Dogs: Next Generation Treatment Protocols and Practices by Malena DeMartini-Price [170 pages]

Doggie Language: A Dog Lover’s Guide to Understanding Your Best Friend by Lili Chin [126 pages]

Remember Me? Loving and Caring for a Dog with Canine Cognitive Dysfunction by Eileen Anderson [135 pages]

New Videos:

Two new videos are up:

Dog Playing with Kong

One of the Most Fun Dog Behaviors to Train

We’re planning on posting many more videos in the future.

Thank you to everyone who has shared our content.

By Dan Raymer

Dog Training Test for Fun!

When you choose an answer, it will provide immediate feedback on whether that is the correct or incorrect choice.

1. When training animals, treats are one of the best forms of motivation and rewards.
2. A person has to provide some type of motivation in order to train dogs.
3. Skilled dog trainers can guarantee behavior results.
4. If a dog is upset, what is the correct training path?
5. Growling is normal dog communication behavior.
6. Dogs will crouch into a bow position to indicate:
7. When training new behaviors, you should use a high rate of reinforcement (ROR).
8. What is feeding for position?
9. You have to use a clicker to train new behaviors.
10. What are cues?
11. When using a clicker, you should:
12. You have to reward every behavior forever
13. Puppy socialization should include:
14. You should rub your puppy's nose in his house-training mistakes.
15. You have to crate train a puppy.
16. Crate training is:
17. You should allow dogs to sniff on walks.
18. Training with rewards is enrichment (a fun activity) for dogs.
19. What are the 3-D's in dog training?
20. Dominance plays a huge role in dog behavior.
21. What are the four quadrants of operant conditioning?
22. Classical conditioning is an important type of learning in dog training.
23. Positive reinforcement methods work for training:
24. You must train your dog every obedience behavior to have a well-trained dog.
25. Dogs are always learning whether we are training or not.

Let us know how you did in the comments below. Think your friends and family would have fun taking the test? Share it with them.

If you are interested in learning more about dogs and animal training, consider joining our online Canine Academy, which covers information on this test and much more. Thanks for participating!

Gift Cards

Raymer Family Dog Training’s Canine Academy has Christmas puppies and dogs covered – with house-training, puppy bite inhibition training, socialization, foundation/obedience behaviors, and more! To get one of our new gift cards, simply email us at:


Or use the form on our contact page. We will include a Christmas holiday discount for annual subscribers through January 6, 2021.

Dog Christmas Gift Ideas

Here’s a list of some dog items that your friends and family (or even yourself) may find useful for dog training.


A 6-foot traditional length, or try a 10 or 15-foot leash if you have safe areas to allow your dog more room to roam on walks.


The Seattle Balance harness (by Lori Stevens, a professional dog trainer) remains one of the top quality harnesses. It includes attachments on the back, and front for reduced pulling.


The i-click is great for indoors and handling comfortably. The box clicker may be less ergonomic to handle, but produces a louder sound, which provides utility for outdoor training depending on your distance from your dog or other ambient sounds.

Target Stick:

Target training is fun to implement and can apply to many different training scenarios. The Treat&Train box comes with a target (see below).


This is an ingenious device created by the late Dr. Sophia Yin, a veterinarian and animal trainer. Its basic function is to dispense treats either on demand with a controller, or on different pre-settings: such as set amounts of time (e.g., every 10 seconds), or on a variable rate (e.g., on average every 10 seconds). It provides many different strategies for training.

I have occasionally used the Treat&Train as a slow feeder to dispense my dog’s normal kibble meal. Rather than her eating it in a few seconds out of a bowl, she gets the food dispensed in different amounts of time, so it acts like an enrichment puzzle toy. Because of its design, this product is a bit pricey at about $100. It also needs a separate purchase of batteries.


These are always a great choice of gift, and dogs will love them. Look for softer treats in smaller sizes or easy to break apart treats for training. In addition, there are even Advent calendars for dogs now that provide a treat a day for December 1st-25th.

Treat Pouch:

The Doggone Good treat pouch is excellent for holding treats and clickers. The magnet that closes the pouch works better than the treat bags with hinges, which rust over time.

Puzzle Toys:

Some quality enrichment toys include:

  • Kongs
  • Squirrel Dude
  • Twist-n-Treat
  • Kong Wobbler
  • Nina Ottosson puzzles
  • Tug-a-Jug
  • Buster Cube
  • Kong Satellite
  • Snuffle Mats
  • Green Interactive Feeder

By Dan Raymer