This week we are doing a sort of grab bag Q&A. You asked the questions, and I did my best to answer them.

If you have a question you’d like to submit for the next round, make sure that you’re following me on Instagram here and keep your eye out for the next announcement.

The Questions Covered:

  • Do you have any suggestions for fun training games to work on a senior dog’s mobility?
  • How can you tell the difference between a calm dog and a shut down dog?
  • How often do you give your dogs days off?
  • How do you keep the dog actually looking at you?
  • What leg do you lead with when heeling?
  • What kinds of behaviors would you start with teaching pet dogs and pet people how to free shape?
  • How do you respond to people who say clicker training is cold and too mechanical?

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