Sunday, April 21, 2013

Pam's Dog Academy Blog has MOVED...

Thank you all so much for following my blog and for all your support!

If you would like to continue following me, I will be posting dog training blog entries, articles, videos, and more on my www.pamsdogtraining.com website.  Pam's Dog Academy also has a dog sport video titling program, Online Dog Training Classes (Canine Freestyle, Clicker Basics, Play-N-Train Recalls, and more classes on the way), and products (Ebooks & DVDs for sale).

I look forward to seeing your there!

Please feel free to share Pam's Dog Academy information with others and help me in my efforts to educated the World on Progressive Reinforcement Animal Training!

Have a great day & Have FUN with your dog!

Best Wishes,
Pamela Johnson

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Canine Freestyle & Clicker Basic Online Classes


What people are saying about Pam’s Dog Academy Online Classes... 


  • I am so happy for learning about all the positive ways of dog training and I am also very happy for your course which is a lot of fun! You are a great dog and human trainer!
  • For $40 there is a lot of information and a lot of bang for your buck.
  • I found the course to be comprehensive and educational and covers a lot of great foundation material.
  • The concepts are solid and easy to understand.
  • Pam found ways to give positive informative feedback which made me want to go back and read for more comments. She engaged me in conversation and I felt like she wanted to get to know me and my dog better but more than that … I felt she genuinely enjoyed watching us work. I felt connected to her and to her course. 
  • It was informative watching other class mates videos and helpful to read Pamela’s positive feedback and helpful suggestions.
  • The video element makes the class enjoyable...
  • I liked being able to go back to the first exercise and reread comments and look back at concepts.
  • Clicker Basics is a really great course! 

Monday, January 28, 2013


How to be humble & respected
    1. Use the response “It’s My Pleasure” when someone thanks you for doing something.
    2. Use the response “I’d be honored” when someone asks you to help them or do something with them.
    3. Listen more than you talk
    4. Count to 3 before adding to a conversation to ensure the other person is done
    5. Be willing to follow another person in conversation even if you don’t get to talk about your idea
    6. Always offer to improve someone else’s idea and give them credit
    7. Give credit for other’s ideas that you are carrying through on
    8. Ask others for the opinion of others
    9. Ask others to join conversations and contribute
    10. It’s OK to be wrong and so admit it
    11. Admit when you don’t understand or know something
    12. Appreciate others who learn something quickly and say so
    13. Be quick to apologize when you do something wrong
    14. Study moral principles
    15. Use moral principles to guide you
    16. You are God’s creation, not your own
    17. Recognize your talents as gifts, not your own ability
    18. Know how your skills have only be developed by the help of others
    19. Share your own knowledge to pass on what you have learned
    20. Pass on thanks when you receive it to those who helped you achieve what was thanked
    21. Value other people’s time as much as your own
    22. Never equate time spent with people to a dollar value
    23. Don’t boast about your achievements, let others recognize them instead
    24. Keep your goals to yourself
    25. Help other people with their goals
    26. Realize the potential in others
    27. Know that timing is everything and everyone excels at different times in life
    28. Being the 1st follower is often the best way to lead
    29. Since winning isn’t everything, you don’t have to win
    30. Recognize that you have faults
    31. Remember you are a sinner (in other words, you are no better or worse than anyone else)
    32. Ignore first impressions of people
    33. Give others the benefit of the doubt
    34. Provide positive and encouraging feedback instead of criticism
    35. Make a choice to act more humbly
    36. Practice at least one humble act each day
    37. Be grateful for successes without boasting about them
    38. Know how to accept praise with a simple thank you, don’t elaborate on it or talk more about it
    39. Recognize the individualism of others and yourself, there is no need to conform
    40. Share your core values and live them accordingly regardless of the circumstances
    41. Prioritize things in your life and rate your actions on whether to followed that priority or not
    42. Rate other people as first, be less significant
    43. Forgive those who wrong you and move on without revenge or lashing back
    44. Serve others and not yourself first
    45. Seek wisdom, which is knowledge of what is true coupled with just judgment of action
    46. Recognize and know that you know little and there is always more to learn
    47. Avoid explosive reactions, and subside any aggression
    48. Accept new ideas and change, not being stuck on what you knew before
    49. Teach all that you can for the benefit of others
    50. Learn from and model the life of the most humble teachers in history (Jesus, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Buddha, etc)
- Author unknown

Saturday, January 12, 2013

10 tips on how to calm an over excited dog...


When you are training and working with your dog, have you ever noticed if he becomes more excited with certain tricks (behaviors)? Does one particular behavior seem to send him into a whining, barking frenzy? 

What could have happened is that when you originally trained the trick, he was doing a whine or bark at that time, but you were so excited that he was getting it, that you ignored the bark and whine. Chances are you captured and trained those unwanted behaviors too. The dog has attached the over aroused whine or bark with that particular trick. 

Here are a few ideas on what to do:

1. Do not reward the dog for the behavior if he is barking or whining while doing that particular trick. Wait until he does the behavior without barking and then reward.

2. Go back a few steps and retrain the trick. Breaking it down into smaller chunks and set the dog up for success each step of the way.

3. If the trick is on a verbal cue and that seems to get the dog excited, then work on changing the verbal cue. This might just be enough to change the dogs emotional response to that particular behavior.

4. Try doing the trick from a different position. For example: If you normally start a leg weave from your heel position and that gets the dog overly excited, try starting the leg weave from your right side instead. 

5. End the training session for a few seconds as soon as the dog barks or whines, then in about 30 seconds to a minute try again. Calmly do this, do not get upset or angry, just simply say "all done" and stop training for a bit. 

6. Work on something that is calm prior to doing the trick that is exciting. Then do the exciting trick and immediately go back to the calm trick. Ping pong back and forth to keep the dog in a calm state of mind.

7. Use calming signals to try to calm your dog down. Calm yawns, soft eye blinks, small lip licks, and turn your head away slightly. 

8. Use a Thunder Shirt to keep your dog calm, but don't use it as a cure all. You might need to use many of these other suggestions too.

9. End a training session before the dog gets over aroused. 

10. Start a training session with a calm dog. If your dog is never calm, then that is a whole different lesson. :) I'll have to address how to do that another time. 

Keep in mind that not all dogs respond the same way. My Border Collie Bandit loves it when I am energetic and vocal. However, my Border Collie Twix can get too over aroused if I am energetic and vocal. So, with Twix I am quiet and calmer when I work with him. 

Have a great day! 
Pam

Monday, January 7, 2013

Canine Freestyle & Disc Dogging Video Titling

Pam’s Dog Academy now offers dog sport video titling opportunities...
Canine Freestyle Trick Titles
Canine Freestyle Routine Titles
Disc Dogging Titles
 
What: This is an extraordinary dog sport video titling program designed to demonstrate the amazing bond that you have with your dog.  It is people coming together and showing how dogs can be trained using “Force Free” methods and earning titles in the process.  It is a program that allows for all dogs and their humans to compete in dog sports no matter where you live. 
Why: You are able to earn titles in a STRESS FREE environment of your choice, at your own leisure, and without spending an entire weekend at a trial.  Maybe you live too far away from live competitions or they are just not offered in your area.  Video competitions are great for those with shy or reactive dogs. 
When:You can submit your video at anytime you would like.  
Who: Every person and Every dog from ANYWHERE around the World can participate. 
How: Film, upload your footage to YouTube, and submit video’s in Canine Freestyle Tricks, Canine Freestyle Routines, Disc Dogging and Agility (coming soon) to earn titles with your dog.  
Where: All videos will be submitted to Pam’s Dog Academy via email or mail.
Follow all the directions in the rules & procedures...

Monday, December 3, 2012

At the end of the day, it does not matter how many titles you have earned or what level the titles are...

What matters is your RELATIONSHIP with your dog.  Dogs don't care about titles!  They care about spending time with their buddy, YOU!  

Personally, I would rather spend a weekend doing tons of fun stuff with my dogs instead of waiting around all day at a trial to run two, three, or even four runs.  This is the main reason I love video competitions, film a routine in 5 minutes and have the rest of the day to play frisbee, do tricks, hike, go to the beach, find a fun park, and just be one with my dogs!

Oh and if you think that my dogs are not as trained as yours because you have some fancy title, well think again.

Pamela Johnson

Sunday, December 2, 2012


20 Reasons why shock collars should be banned

1.   The entire concept is unenlightened
2.   Their design and purpose is to deliver pain to animals
3.   The threat of pain is as emotionally damaging as the pain itself
4.   Shocks will be delivered out of anger and frustration
5.   Surprise shocks can cause confusion & erratic behavior
6.   Pain & anxiety from repeated shocking can cause aggression
7.   Dogs may associate shocks with whoever is close by and attack
8.   Collars can cause infections, burns and sores
9.   Trial and error method to determine shock level is crude & cruel
10. A dog that can learn with a shock collar can learn without one.
11. Praise, cookies, kisses and clickers work better
12. Shock collars enable the lazy and insensitive
13. Some kennels/day cares/groomers use without the owner’s permission
14. Doesn't facilitate learning,instead punishes "normal" behavior
15. No laws regulating production quality and operational consistency
16. Animal wellness should come before profit
17. Malfunctioning collar causes suffering to animal before visible to owner
18. Often it is the owner, not the dog, who needs correcting
19. It’s antithetical to current canine behavioral science
20. If it’s too cruel to use on a child, it’s too cruel to use on your pet 

Is it kind to use painful shocks on your best friend?