Author Archives: Sam Wike

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Positively Expert: Sam Wike

In addition to Sam’s work as a successful trainer and behavior consultant endorsed by Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training and the Best Friends Animal Society Community Training Partner Program, he is also a behavior consultant to the Monmouth County (NJ) SPCA and local rescue groups.


Memoirs of a Former Explosives Detection Canine Handler: What It Really Means to Work Like a Dog

Posted on: August 16, 2016 - No Comments

We’ve heard the phrase “work like a dog” but how many of us really understand what that means? I know and from my first-hand experience I’ll tell you why.

The Best Kind of “Gold Digger”

Posted on: March 10, 2015 - No Comments

As a "gold digger" in the animal welfare field, you have to see past the top layer of every animal to find the heart and soul, the true essence of the animal, what makes them as precious as gold.

Medical Before Behavioral

Posted on: December 8, 2014 - 3 Comments

When veterinary behaviorists and well-schooled trainers are attempting to understand a behavioral issue, they will always be thinking "medical before behavioral". Why, you ask? Well, because our dogs are just like us. When we are uncomfortable or in pain, we tend to behave less appropriately then we might otherwise. Same for our pups.

The Value of Understanding Value

Posted on: September 16, 2014 - No Comments

Our four legged companions have a much simpler value system based on the most basic aspects of life: food, water, shelter, territory, a mate. Then there are the secondary aspects: chasing things that move just because, following their nose because they can, shredding our belongings because it's fun, and on and on.

Respect the Fear, Change the Perception

Posted on: September 24, 2013 - 8 Comments

We all have fears. Every single person has them, even the toughest of the tough and the baddest of the bad. We're supposed to have fears, it's what allows us as a species to survive. The problem is that many of us are mocked, or worse, for our fears, which only begets a higher level of fear or creates new ones. However, if we had the opportunity to work with someone we TRUST, who could TEACH us how to CHANGE our perception of what we fear, we could lessen or overcome that fear, thereby ENJOYING life even more.

In The Moment

Posted on: April 11, 2013 - 1 Comment

Thank the good Lord for my pups. I'm over-the-hill, rough around the edges, not politically correct, pretty cynical about people, have a tendency towards sarcasm, more of a who the (beep) drank the water from my glass (none of that half empty/half full garbage) type of guy. My wife should be elevated to sainthood and Mr. Satan won't want me any more than Mr. God will. So what's my point?