4 Training Tips to Solve Dog Behavior Problems

1. Remove aversive training methods and interactions with your dog. Basically this means don’t do things that scare, hurt, or startle your dog, because these will lead to more behavior problems. See our complete list of methods to avoid. 2. Increase enrichment activities for your dog – this means supplying fun activities for him toContinue reading “4 Training Tips to Solve Dog Behavior Problems”

Raymer Family Dog Training News: April 2020

In-Person Dog Training Thank you to everyone that is patiently waiting for in-person dog training lessons. It appears that things are improving with the virus. Hopefully sometime in May, or soon after, everything will be back to normal. As soon as it is, I will contact each of you to schedule your dogs’ lessons. ConvenientContinue reading “Raymer Family Dog Training News: April 2020”

Happy Easter!

We have beautiful weather in North Carolina. The greenery is showing up in full spring blooming, it remains relatively cool, and there’s plenty of people and dogs enjoying walks in the neighborhood. Despite the virus shutting down many of our normal holiday places, I’m hoping everyone can find some peace and happiness on this specialContinue reading “Happy Easter!”

Starving a Dog is Not Part of Positive Reinforcement Training

Misinformation led to the idea that professional animal trainers utilizing treat rewards starve a dog prior to commencing a training session or program. Where did this idea originate? Some of the older operant conditioning experiments kept an animal hungry in order to increase motivation for food, although this was not true of all the experiments.Continue reading “Starving a Dog is Not Part of Positive Reinforcement Training”


Three core steps to house-train your puppy or dog. 1. Reward First, in order to increase the desired behavior (your puppy eliminating outdoors), you will need to reinforce the behavior. Accompany him outside and praise and reward with a treat after he goes. It’s better to wait until he finishes completely, otherwise your praise mightContinue reading “House-training”