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Positively Expert: Tom Mitchell

Tom is a veterinarian, clinical behaviourist and companion and sports dog trainer, providing a unique perspective on all things dog.


The Magic Hand Game For Focus And Concentration

Posted on: June 19, 2017 - No Comments

The Magic Hand game involves placing food in the palm of your hand and gently pushing individual treats through your fingers for your dog to catch.   Focus and concentration win the day! The more your dog develops the ability to focus and concentrate, the more likely she will succeed in learning tasks involving moving Read More

Off-Leash Reliability? Recall? Leash Off Game On!

Posted on: June 13, 2017 - No Comments

Your dog focusing on you off-leash, recalling them away from other dogs or even them just choosing to stick close to you can seem so daunting. All too often, our dogs learn that when the leash comes off… the game is on with everything in the world but us. We teach each of our dogs Read More

Mighty Middle Game: Safety, Confidence, Control!

Posted on: June 2, 2017 - No Comments

Protecting our dogs from the world and the world from our dogs can sometimes feel like a full-time operation. Not with middle! It’s the portable safe place that you can take anywhere and it’s the mainstay of our Leash Off, Game On off-leash reliability games that we show in our free DVD: https://game.absolute-dogs.com/leashoffgameon The benefits of Read More

Value = Love

Posted on: April 3, 2017 - No Comments

Does your dog value you = Does your dog hate you? Big question, right? It’s at the root of so many of the struggles with dogs and relationships that we’ve come across. It’s the question we have to think about when there may be a recall problem, struggles with chase, lack of focus or even lack of self-control.

Is Your Dog Optimistic or Pessimistic?

Posted on: February 17, 2017 - No Comments

When presented with something new or slightly unusual, does your dog respond positively, presuming it to be good (optimism), or negatively, presuming it to be a bad thing (pessimism)?

Create Your Dog’s Security Zone Today

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We can actually make our dog’s feel both calm and confident about their surroundings AND teach them a better way to cope when they do experience those emotions of overexcitement and overarousal.

Real-Life Impulse Control For NBN Dogs: “Whip-It” Game!

Posted on: February 14, 2017 - No Comments

The whip-it game involves building real desire and harnessing your dog’s desire to chase, using a horse lunge whip with a toy attachment! We then apply real-life impulse control to it! We show you how to play it in our latest training video.

“Reactive” dog? It’s time to turn struggle to strength!

Posted on: February 7, 2017 - No Comments

Naughty but nice dogs are often termed aggressive, reactive, angry, overconfident, EVIL - but - you know your dog isn’t any of those things really, they just need to be taught to make better choices and be happier about the things in their life! In fact, many of the things that NBN dogs do are often motivated by FEAR!

Reactive Dog? Play The Cone Game (With Video)

Posted on: June 28, 2016 - No Comments

I often get asked what games should I play with my dog if they maybe lack confidence, are anxious or fearful or reactive or just need some fun injected into their lives. Well, the answer to all of those is something I call the cone game.

What Should I Do When My Dog REACTS?

Posted on: June 6, 2016 - No Comments

When we come across a situation our dog doesn’t like, there is a huge temptation to encourage interaction with that thing. It’s human nature to feel the need to FIX the problem. This is the worst thing to do!! Here are four tips to turn worry into confidence!

What is Arousal in Dogs and Why Should I Care?

Posted on: May 30, 2016 - 2 Comments

A "Naughty But Nice" (NBN) dog is exactly how it sounds - they are nice, beautiful, lovable dogs underneath but sometimes they make bad choices! In fact, many of the things that NBN dogs do are often motivated by high arousal!

A Different Kind of “Boundary”

Posted on: January 7, 2016 - No Comments

In the last few blogs, I introduced you to the idea of a “Naughty But Nice” dog and some tips to survive (and also transform) them! I this blog, I want to share with you the next two tips - relationship & boundary games!

Teaching Your Dog Calmness & Focus

Posted on: January 6, 2016 - No Comments

In part one of this blog series, I introduced you to what a “Naughty But Nice” dog is and shared with you the first tip to training and living harmoniously with them! Now, the next tip - calmness!

Is Your Dog Naughty But Nice?

Posted on: January 5, 2016 - 3 Comments

A Naughty But Nice (NBN) dog is exactly how it sounds - they are nice, beautiful, loveable dogs underneath but sometimes they make bad choices! Over the following blog posts, i’ll share with you 5 tips to focus on in training, living with and enjoying your NBN dog.

How to Stop Leash Reactivity and Start Enjoying Walks Again

Posted on: October 5, 2015 - 1 Comment

How can we stop leash reactivity? By turning a dog training challenge into a strength and creating an awesome relationship with our dogs. Here's how.

Leash Reactivity – Why Does It Happen?

Posted on: September 29, 2015 - 1 Comment

The leash is one of the more neglected aspects of dog keeping, and, because of this, it is a source of problems.