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Superbowls Pattern Game Training Guide Developed by Leslie McDevitt

A French Bulldog sitting in front of four colorful bowls on the ground with 'Superbowls Pattern Games' text above.

Introduction to the Superbowls Pattern Game Developed by Leslie McDevitt By Will Bangura, M.S., CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, FFCP (Dog Behaviorist), Certified Dog Behavior Consultant. Leslie McDevitt is a well-known dog trainer who has contributed significantly to the field of dog behavior with her “Control Unleashed” program. The Superbowls Pattern game is an integral part of this […]

How to Teach a Dog The Emergency Recall

How to Teach the Emergency Recall

By Will Bangura, M.S., (Dog Behaviorist), Certified Behavior Consultant The Importance and Mastery of the Emergency Recall for Dogs (Please be Sure to Listen to the Dog Training Podcast on Teaching The Emergency Recall at the End of this Article.) For many pet parents, the thought of their beloved canine companion darting off in an […]

The Comprehensive Guide to Positive Muzzle Training for Dogs: Step-by-Step, Science-Backed Methods for Safe and Effective Training

Dog happily wearing a basket muzzle as a result of positive muzzle training techniques

Positively Conditioning Your Dog to a Basket Muzzle: A Comprehensive, Evidence-Based Guide By Will Bangura, M.S., CDBC, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, FFCP, (Dog Behaviorist), Certified Dog Behavior Consultant. Introduction Conditioning your dog to wear a muzzle can be an invaluable training tool for various behavioral or safety reasons. Whether you’re dealing with reactive behavior, medical issues that […]

Debunking Myths About Positive Reinforcement in Dog Training: A Comprehensive Guide

Differential Reinforcement

Debunking Myths: Understanding Positive Reinforcement and Differential Reinforcement By Will Bangura, M.S., CDBC, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, FFCP, (Dog Behaviorist,) Certified Dog Behavior Consultant The Myths and Why They Persist Myth 1: Positive Reinforcement Trainers Don’t Say ‘No’ Why It Persists The cultural myth of the stern, dominant dog trainer has been deeply ingrained through media and […]

Research and Organizations Against Aversive Tools and Training Methods in Dog Training

Never Punish Dog Aggression

Studies Against the Use of Aversives in Training Dogs These studies, along with many others, provide evidence that the use of aversive methods and tools in dog training is unnecessary and can cause more harm than good. Positive reinforcement training methods are effective, and humane, and promote a strong bond between the dog and their […]

Dog Phobias

Dog Phobias

Dog Phobias by Will Bangura, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, (Dog Behaviorist,) Certified Behavior Consultant Dogs are wonderful companions, but like humans, they can develop phobias or irrational fears of certain situations or stimuli. These phobias can significantly impact a dog’s quality of life and cause distress for both the dog and its owner. Understanding the signs and […]

Dispelling the Myth: Feeding a Scared Dog Will Not Make It Worse

Feeding a scared dog will not make it worse

Dispelling the Myth: Feeding a Scared Dog Will Not Make It Worse by Will Bangura, M.S., CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, (Dog Behaviorist), Certified Behavior Consultant. As a Certified Behavior Consultant and Certified Professional Dog Trainer, it is essential to dispel myths and misconceptions about dog behavior and training. One of the most persistent and harmful myths is […]