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Dog trainer in training, focused on positive reinforcement training principles. Long term travel partner, co business owner and wife, Scotti, works in applied behavior analysts with autistic children 4 and under. In January 2020 we adopted 1.5 year old Tommy Pickles, a white and brown bully breed, mostly pit.

Automated Dog Kennels & What is Left

31 Jan 2020 1 minute read 2 comments joshyoung

I make my living wage working at a dog kennel in Austin Texas. Its been a fantastic job and an incredible space to learn about dogs. though in the back of my mind I am imaging a world in which this job doesn't exist, or at least not all of it. In thi...

Cultivate Calming Dog Energy

30 Jan 2020 1 minute read 0 comments joshyoung

Cultivate Calming Dog Energy   I use, 'We are relaxing.'  This prompts Tommy Pickles, 1.5 year old bully breed, to lower his energy by a notch or two. A notch or two does not mean going from aggressively pulling on the leash for a squirrel to submiss...

Teaching Dog To Talk

29 Jan 2020 1 minute read 0 comments joshyoung

If you read my bio you know that my wife is in ABA Therapy and I am an aspiring dog trainer. One thing that has hit our radar are buttons that you press and a recorded sound is played.  The Goal: teach our dog (Tommy Pickles) to press buttons to comm...

Reading Dog Behavior

29 Jan 2020 1 minute read 2 comments joshyoung

Behavior related to unmet needs Chewing up items, mouthing, biting - Needs a harder bone to chew. May need to be trained on how to chew it.  Not paying attention to you - You are not rewarding/ the environment has too much distraction. Either up your...