Author Archives: Margaret Gray

About Margaret Gray

Margaret's love for dogs goes way back. After her first encounter with obedience clubs and choker chains 35 years ago, she started training her own dogs and helping friends & colleagues to train theirs in benign ways that were directly opposed to force based methods. After retiring from a lifetime of teaching high school students, Margaret decided to take up dog training as a hobby. She obtained a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services through the Delta Society of Australia and is currently studying for a certificate through CASI. What started as a hobby has now become a rather busy business in a location where force free training has been little understood and still less practised.

A Bit on the Nose

When you’re teaching people to use luring, it can be hard for them to actually find their dog’s nose. And then it can be hard for them to put that tasty treat that they’re using to lure the behaviour right up close to the … Continue reading

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… But He’s a Working Dog…

When the lady called me she explained the situation: the dog actually belonged to her son but as he was away at university 3, 4 or even 5 days a week, she looked after the dog during the week. He was … Continue reading

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Changing Perspectives

I don’t know if it’s the same in the UK and the US but, here in Australia, I hear frequent laments from force-free trainers about the difficulty of competing with hard sell trainers of some of the more, shall we say, … Continue reading

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To Prompt or to Reinforce

Click – treat, click – treat, click – treat. As trainers, we all know what is going on here; someone is conditioning a clicker. But the lines can get blurred from here. First we click and treat until the animal … Continue reading

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“Just” – Another Magic Word

Of course we all want well-behaved dogs. Come when called, walk happily on a loose lead, sit to be greeted rather than jump up on people, know when to stop barking. These are all things dog owners want their dogs … Continue reading

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