Sugar Dog Training

Sugar Dog Training Positive reinforcement dog training services specializing in new puppy care, good manners and tricks I teach force-free, reward-based dog training methods.

Learn the principles of classical and operant conditioning! Positive reinforcement dog training strengthens the bond between humans and their dogs creating lifelong relationships founded on mutual love and respect.


National Purebred Dog Day

The philtrum is the vertical groove between the base of the nose and the border of a dog's upper lip, and it has a purpose. Every time a dog licks his lips, a bit of saliva stays in this groove and is drawn upwards due to capillary action. This keeps the dog's nose moist, if not wet, which enables the dog to capture scent particles from the air. Pretty cool, eh?

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Woof Woof

Woof Woof

Meanwhile my dog still pees indoors 😂


Planet Paws Dartmouth

Truth 🐶🎉🥳



As the owner of a reactive and nervous dog I cannot stress this enough!



Yes, even your dog is lying to you now.

The Science Behind Positive Training

I grew up with traditional dog training methods and I can tell you from my experience Positive Training is more effective on multiple levels for both the human and the dog.

"The great thing about science is that you're free to disagree with it, but you'll be wrong" Our understanding of how dogs think, feel and learn is constantl


Ellen Zangla Photography

Really? Who doesn't let their dogs on the couch? I realize as I write this that I also let my cats on the kitchen counters so maybe my perspective is a bit skewed...

Suzanne Clothier

Suzanne Clothier

Why do horses need fewer reminders than dogs for loose leash walking? It would seem that teaching a 1000 pound horse to walk politely should be far more difficult than working with a 60 pound dog. And yet, the truth is that it’s far easier to teach a horse loose leash walking. Why? In all cases, both bio-mechanics and gait are involved.

National Geographic

National Geographic

Bear dogs have been crucial in solving wildlife crimes, locating polar bear dens to protect them, and now, acting as "bear shepherds"—conditioning them to steer clear of humans.

The New York Times

The New York Times

These vintage photos of New York's dogs — in the snow, in sweaters, on luxury sofas and on the streets — show an obsession that predates Instagram.

Animal Behaviour Matters

Animal Behaviour Matters

"“Social referencing” is a fancy term for a familiar phenomenon: when uncertain about a new situation, you check to see how everyone else is reacting. Are they scared, happy, calm, anxious? We look to others for clues in case they have previous experience that we don’t. Other social animals do this as well, and it’s especially important for the young, who haven’t yet learned as much about the world."

FOX 13 News - Tampa Bay

Positive reinforcement at work!

BUILDING TRUST 🦍 Bolingo, the gorilla, is seen mimicking the movements of a Busch Gardens Tampa Bay specialist, including her handstands! The theme park says it's a way to build a positive relationship between humans and animals. 😍


Dog Lovers Club


Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, St. Louis Area, LLC

I want to share a helpful tip one of our very smart clients shared with me! Ayla has been mopey since Bert passed on Saturday - not bad... still eating and wagging her tail, but less spunky than normal for our crazy girl! And she's sleeping in the spots that were typically "Bert's spots." So, a previous client and now friend recommended what she had done... when their male dog passed away, his female buddy wanted to stay in his crate all day. They put his collar on her, and she was out and around the house like normal again. So, I decided to try it with Ayla. When I got Bert's collar out she sniffed it and just wagged her tail like crazy! I put it on her, and she's had a bit more bounce in her step. Still not 100% Ayla, but better :) I imagine its the smell that is comforting. So, I thought I'd share... in case anyone else has the need to give this a try :)

It warms our hearts to know that this photo is now reaching so many people! To answer a few questions: Dr. Dawnetta's family said goodbye to Bert in 2016, when this was originally posted. Ayla was there, by Bert's side as the whole family said goodbye in the living room. She sniffed him and said goodbye in her own way before he left the home. Wearing Bert's collar certainly helped Ayla adjust! She seemed quite comforted by it, and wore it until another rescue dog, Ellie, joined the family


I Love My Dog

How Much Training Does Your Dog Really Need? | Whole Dog Journal

How Much Training Does Your Dog Really Need? | Whole Dog Journal

Teaching a dog new behaviors can be lots of fun, and there are tons of people and dogs who thoroughly enjoy daily training and engaging in various canine sports or activities. However, it s equally important to give yourself permission to take the pressure off of yourself and your dog if training do...

Reisner Veterinary Behavior Services, LLC

In August 2018, it was announced that shock collars for cats and dogs would be banned in England. This is an excellent example of why.

Shock collars can cause neck burns and inflammation, but this is not common. Much more likely are the "invisible" effects: pain, stress and fear. Invisible, but certainly measurable.

"...Oreo displays some skills he learned like sitting on command and offering his paw for a shake. But his family says he's now distrustful, skittish and nervous around strangers."

Please avoid supporting training franchises which use shock collars in training. Spread the word that pain for training is unacceptable, unnecessary, inhumane and unethical.


Animal Behaviour Matters

World News Now

I taught this same trick to Roxy..

TIDY PIG: This playful pet cleans up and carefully puts his toys away!

Animal Planet

Positive reinforcement works for ALL creatures!

The intelligence of crocodilians is something to marvel at. 🐊 🐊 🐊

Canine Connection LLC

Canine Connection LLC

Re-post - If you're calling yourself a "dog trainer" and recommending using a sq**rt bottle for behavior management or modification, please read this. If you're a dog owner, and someone who refers to himself or herself as a "dog trainer" and recommends using a sq**rt bottle, know that this is not recommended by professionals for the reasons listed. Also, a 2009 study at the University of Pennsylvania found that 20% of dogs whose owners used sq**rt bottles to modify or manage behavior went on to develop aggression. ~Cindy


Off the Leash



All dog parks should have this...

These drawings were originally commissioned by the City of Charles Sturt. Now also at Hilltop dog park in VIC, Australia 😊🐶

Psychologist Discovers That Dogs Dream About the Humans They Love

Psychologist Discovers That Dogs Dream About the Humans They Love

Have you ever wondered if dogs really dream about chasing kittens and cats? According to Harvard psychologist, Dr. Deirdre Barrett, canines are likely dreaming about their human caretakers. Barrett has been studying sleep behavior in humans for years. Although she says there's no 100% certainty to k...


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Stephanie is a wonderful trainer and she did a marvelous job with our new puppy. She gave us great advice and was extremely generous with giving us treats to give to our new puppy and lending us an Xpen. I highly recommend her!