Tag Archives: canine training

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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Knowing What You Want

By Robert Forto As a practitioner of Neuro-Linguistics (NLP) I am constantly asked, “Mr. Forto, how do I know what I want?”  I tell my clients when you set an outcome you are programing your mind to achieve that goal. Consciously or unconsciously, you that to notice opportunities and possibilities around you that can help you reach your goal. So …

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Influential People in the Development of Learning Theory Part 3

By Robert Forto Breland and Bailey In 1938, Marian Kruse, a research assistant, was bitten by one of B. F. Skinner’s lab rats.  On her way to receive medical attention Kruse met Keller Breland, a brilliant and ambitious graduate student in psychology. A professional and personal relationship developed and they were married in 1941; the same year the United States …

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Influential People in the Development of Learning Theory Part 2

By Robert Forto Pavlov, Thorndike, and Watson Many attribute the beginning point of modern theories of behavior to Ivan Pavlov (1849-1936).  A Russian physiologist, and Nobel Prize winner, Pavlov studied digestion in dogs.  While conducting this research he observed his canine subjects salivating before the food was presented.  Pavlov reasoned that his dogs were displaying this behavior in response to …

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