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Stubborn? Not Your Dog

Why are people so quick to call dogs stubborn? Stubborn implies that the dog understands what is wanted by the human and then refuses to comply. As a trainer, I know that dogs are rarely stubborn. They truly don’t understand what is being asked of them because they’ve never been properly taught. If one of my dogs blows off a command, it’s likely because there is a competing motivator in the environment, not because they are being willfully defiant. Just because a dog will sit for a hand lure with a treat, does not mean that they understand sit while

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2018: The Year of YOUR Dog

I think most of us know that a typical New Year’s resolution may be dumped in a matter of days or weeks with little thought about it a few months from now. My intention with these few paragraphs is to inspire you to commit to one very specific type of New Year’s resolution; not so much for you, but for your dog. See here is the thing, the dark scary thing that I don’t like to think about, yet I do almost every single day; Our beloved dogs simply do not live that long. We forget this painful truth daily as

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Since the training she has listened better…

I called Kerry at Flash Dog Training because I felt I had tried everything with my Australian Shepherd, and nothing was working. Nell’s behavior was going from bad to worse, and I didn’t know what to do. Not only was her leash reactivity out of control towards other dogs, but she exhibited other aggressive behavior towards people and dogs (especially ones on TV in our home). This was a very big issue for me, as we spend a lot of time hiking on busy trails here in Colorado. After meeting with Kerry, I committed to the 3 week board and train

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Kerry taught her commands that helped Maggie calm down…

We got Maggie as a puppy from the SPCA. A few weeks later, I found out I was pregnant! Maggie is definitely a quirky dog. In our first few months with her, she was aggressive, hyperactive, and demanding. But, Maggie also had a sweet and loving side. As my belly got bigger, we got more and more nervous that Maggie would not cope well with a baby in the house. We decided to work with Kerry, to see if she could help!! Maggie did 1 on 1 training in our house with Kerry, as well as a three-week intensive sleep-away

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Now we can all enjoy time with Ben…

We are extremely happy that we were able to train with Kerry as our instructor! After training with Kerry, we became sure that everyone in the family including Ben, our Cock-a-poo, would live together with satisfaction. Before training, Ben would bark continuously at people out of fear, especially towards men. However, after learning a command called “place”, he started to calm down and would be able to stay without feeling overwhelmed. During walks, we would use commands such as “sit” or “heel” to keep him occupied when walking by pedestrians. While occupied, he would not bark or lunge at people

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Panda is the perfect dog when out and about now…

Kerry, I just want you to know how much I appreciated all that you did for me and my three wonderful dogs for the last two years!  Thanks to you, Panda is the perfect dog when out and about now.  She is totally manageable and so much more tolerant when around other dogs.   Cash is still a perfect dog as a result of your skilled training.  My son, Antonio, now gets to swing and ride on all his toys with wheels without being charged at!  Mikey, the monster, is still a work in progress since you left US for

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