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Mushin' Down a Dream in the Wilds of Alaska

The Future Home of Iditarod Dreams Part 1

The Future Home of Iditarod Dreams Part 1 “It’s your sled and your team don’t let go of the sled” -Chris Fuller I’m writing this at 34,000 feet on my iPad on a flight heading to California to meet a new friend and to run dogs in the Sierra nevada mountains. It has been years since I have been on …

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Early Dog Sledding Innovations

Early Dog Sledding Innovations The hitching of several dogs to a whalebone or wood toboggan was a significant advancement.  The whalebone toboggan of the Bering Sea regions and the narrow wooden toboggan of the Athabascan Indians of the Interior were still in use up until the beginning of the twentieth century.  Even today, in the Barter Island region of the …

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Overview on Aggression Seminar held at Denver Dog Works

Overview Aggression Seminar held at Denver Dog Works This past weekend Robert Forto canine behaviorist, aggression expert held an aggression seminar.  The students in the class quickly learned that human ideals and labeling put dogs into categories that are not necessarily correct once the situation and the behaviors are observed. For instance, many dogs are labeled as having fear aggression when …

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Mushers Workout

Mushers Workout If you don’t already know, my name is Dr. Robert Forto and I am the training director and owner of Denver Dog Works and The Ineka Project in Colorado. I am also a professional musher (dog sledding) and motivational speaker. I have been out of mushing for the past several years because, I like to say, life got …

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The Vet Corner on Dog Works Radio

The Vet Corner on Dog Works Radio Starting on the July 3, 2010 episode of the Dog Doctor Radio Show we are including a very special segment: The Vet Corner with Dr. Holly Cogswell of Aurora Animal Hospital in Colorado. The Vet Corner will air each week on the radio show and we plan to answer questions from our listeners, …

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The Gee-Haw Problem

The Gee—Haw Problem Some mushers expect a leader to turn instantly on command; others give the command some yards ahead of the turn so that the dog can absorb the situation. This explains why some mushers have trouble missing turns. A dog trained to turn instantly will jump straight into deep snow even if he sees a fork ahead. Serious …

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Influential Dog Trainers and their Contributions Part 2

Influential Dog Trainers and their Contributions Part 2 This is continuing series on the most influential people in dog training and how they effect how we train dogs today. Most and Koehler Colonel Conrad Most wrote Training Dogs in 1910.  This work is thought by many to be one of, if not the first, dog training “how to” manual.  Colonel …

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Influential Dog Trainers and their Contributions Part 1

By Robert Forto Walker and Saunders Helene Whitehouse Walker was a respected breeder of Standard Poodles.  Poodles were suffering from the stereotype that they were “sissies”, so in 1933 Walker decided to show dog fanciers that poodles were much more than just a pretty face. Walker was by all accounts a persuasive woman.  She began approaching dog clubs and breeders …

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The iPad and How we Utilize it at Denver Dog Works

The iPad and How Denver Dog Works will Utilize It By Robert Forto As many of you know we offer a course at Dog Works Training Centers to teach people how to become the best dog trainers in the world. In our course we provide an interactive learning environment that is partnered with cutting edge technology and over nineteen years …

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Dog Training and the Social Fabric of America

Dog Training and the Social Fabric of America By Robert Forto My name is Robert Forto and I am a canine behaviorist and the owner of Denver Dog Works in Colorado and Alaska Dog Works. I specialize in canine aggression and violent dogs and I will admit that people’s political leanings do influence how they care for and train their dogs. I am …

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