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Building Confidence In Your Dog

So you both can worry less and enjoy life more.

Force-Free Dog Training In Waco, Texas and McLennan County!

Check Out Some Of Our Confident Hounds!

๐Ÿ˜‚ We had a good laugh last night with Nala. Mike has been training her how to use the ArfPets Food Dispenser. Nala's job is to press a button which makes a BOING! sound, which makes the dispenser release food. (To start, Mike is just throwing the food into the tray).
๐Ÿถ Well it seems like Nala was enjoying the sound the button makes SO much that she just kept pressing it over and over before going to get her reward! Working with this 8 month old puppy has been awesome and she has come a long way.
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#theconfidenthound #forcefreetraining #forcefree #fearfreetraining #fearfree #trainwithoutpain #youdonthaveto #ditchthedominance #positivereinforcement #dogtraining #positivedogtraining
#positivedogtrainingmethods #choicebasedtraining #powerofchoice
#clickertraining #giveyourdogajob #canineenrichment #havefunwithyourdog #sciencebaseddogtraining #snackleadernotpackleader #dogsofinstagram #pupsofinstagram #goldendoodle #wacotexas #waco #wacotx
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Anyone else feel like their dog is an expert at NOT swallowing pills? We've gotten a lot of practice giving pills between going through canine cancer and now having an aging dog with mental health issues. Do you want to hear our tips for successful pill administration? We're going to be doing short Facebook/Instagram Lives more regularly and can add it to our list of quick topics. Let us know in the comments what topics you want us to cover! ...

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๐Ÿฅฐ REMINDER: Please handle your pet with care!!
๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ That means not using force, fear, pain, intimidation, or coercion.
๐Ÿถ Instead focus on giving them choice, control, and opportunities to succeed.
๐Ÿ˜œ We had some Torani syrup bottles delivered and I couldn't resist this photo opportunity. Outtakes are in our stories!
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#theconfidenthound #forcefreetraining #forcefree #fearfreetraining #fearfree #trainwithoutpain #youdonthaveto #ditchthedominance #positivereinforcement #dogtraining #positivedogtraining
#positivedogtrainingmethods #clickertraining #giveyourdogajob #canineenrichment #havefunwithyourdog #sciencebaseddogtraining #snackleadernotpackleader #dogsofinstagram #pupsofinstagram #germanshepherd #gsdofinstagram #forcefreegsd #rescuedogsofinstagram #rescuedog #wacotexas #waco #wacotx
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๐Ÿพ Happy National Dog Day! ๐Ÿพ
๐Ÿถ We're obviously passionate about dogs and love spending time with them. But we want to know what YOU love about your dogs and what makes them unique. Do they have a special quirk that always makes you laugh? Do they have a favorite activity that you love to watch them do?
๐ŸฉTell us about your canine companions, share a photo in the comments or tag us in your stories.
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#nationaldogday #theconfidenthound #forcefreetraining #forcefree #fearfreetraining #fearfree #trainwithoutpain #youdonthaveto #ditchthedominance #positivereinforcement #dogtraining #positivedogtraining
#positivedogtrainingmethods #clickertraining #giveyourdogajob #canineenrichment #havefunwithyourdog #sciencebaseddogtraining #snackleadernotpackleader #dogsofinstagram #pupsofinstagram #wacotexas #waco #wacotx
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๐Ÿถ This very good boy is named Cooper and he shares our enthusiasm for dog training.
๐Ÿ— He's particularly enthusiastic about the part where we give him chicken when he relaxes. He says it's a win-win!
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#theconfidenthound #forcefreetraining #forcefree #fearfreetraining #fearfree #trainwithoutpain #youdonthaveto #ditchthedominance #positivereinforcement #dogtraining #positivedogtraining
#positivedogtrainingmethods #clickertraining #giveyourdogajob #canineenrichment #havefunwithyourdog #sciencebaseddogtraining #snackleadernotpackleader #dogsofinstagram #pupsofinstagram #wacotexas #waco #wacotx
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We advocate for EVERY DOG to be muzzle conditioned. Your dog could get hit by a car and bite someone who is trying to transport them to safety amidst the pain and terror. Whether it's an emergency situation, a regular trip to the vet, or your dog reacts negatively to a trigger, a muzzle is a safety precaution that allows your dog to otherwise act normally. We are experienced in muzzle training and would LOVE to help incorporate this tool into your dog's options for safely living their life. #muzzleup

#Repost @canineengineering
Credit to @summitdogtraining for the image
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Muzzles are not just for "vicious" dogs and they aren't torture devices. Seeing a dog wearing a muzzle means seeing a responsible dog owner taking steps to keep everyone safe. Give them smile and then move along!

Thanks to @summitdogtraining for this page.

#canineengineering #dog #dogtraining #dogtrainer #dogadvice #dogowner #positivedogtraining #loveyourdog #dogsofinstagram #dogs #fearfreetrainer #professionaldogtrainer #positivereinforcement #muzzletraining #responsibledogowner #bekind
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๐ŸŽ‰ Today is National Mutt Day!
๐Ÿถ If youโ€™ve got โ€˜em, show โ€˜em off โ€“ drop a picture of your mutt in the comments or tag @theconfidenthound in your post. Use the hashtag #NationalMuttDay and let the world know how much you love your mixed breed pup!
๐Ÿฅฐ This is our beloved first dog Artemis, who was the mutt that made us fall in love with dog training.
#theconfidenthound #muttsofinstagram #dogsofinstagram #pupsofinstagram #rescuedogsofinstagram #rescuedog
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โœจ Start your walks off on the right foot! โœจ
๐Ÿคฏ If your dog is already overexcited before you open the door, then they will not be calm outside on leash.
๐ŸšชTraining leash manners starts inside, before you even grab the leash! Here you see 30 seconds of nice door manners from Ace. But, we took the time to break his training down into:
1๏ธโƒฃ Sticking his head through the harness voluntarily
2๏ธโƒฃ Standing still while we put the harness on and leash him
3๏ธโƒฃ Waiting at the door as we open it
4๏ธโƒฃ And finally walking through the door at a human pace.
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#theconfidenthound #leashreactivity #leashtraining #forcefreetraining #forcefree #fearfreetraining #fearfree #trainwithoutpain #youdonthaveto #ditchthedominance #positivereinforcement #dogtraining #positivedogtraining
#positivedogtrainingmethods #clickertraining #giveyourdogajob #canineenrichment #havefunwithyourdog #sciencebaseddogtraining #snackleadernotpackleader #dogsofinstagram #pupsofinstagram #germanshepherd #gsdofinstagram #forcefreegsd #rescuedogsofinstagram #rescuedog #wacotexas #waco #wacotx
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๐ŸŽ‰ Happy Friday! We will occasionally throw #funfacts at you because when we know better, we do better!
๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’™ You may have thought your dog's vision was in grayscale, but they actually can see blue and yellow! This is why dog sport equipment (like for agility) is blue and yellow.
๐Ÿงธ Does your dog have any toys that are blue or yellow?
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#theconfidenthound #caninecognition #forcefreetraining #forcefree #fearfreetraining #fearfree #trainwithoutpain #youdonthaveto #ditchthedominance #positivereinforcement #dogtraining #positivedogtraining
#positivedogtrainingmethods #clickertraining #giveyourdogajob #canineenrichment #havefunwithyourdog #sciencebaseddogtraining #snackleadernotpackleader #dogsofinstagram #pupsofinstagram #wacotexas #waco #wacotx
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๐Ÿ˜ Is there anything cuter than an enthusiastic flop into a "down"?
๐Ÿง  Nala learned how to lay down with just a finger point (no food lure) within minutes!
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#theconfidenthound #forcefreetraining #forcefree #fearfreetraining #fearfree #trainwithoutpain #youdonthaveto #ditchthedominance #positivereinforcement #dogtraining #positivedogtraining
#positivedogtrainingmethods #clickertraining #giveyourdogajob #canineenrichment #havefunwithyourdog #sciencebaseddogtraining #snackleadernotpackleader #dogsofinstagram #goldendoodle #wacotexas #waco #wacotx
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Yesterday was the 1 year anniversary of our first dog, Artemis, passing away at the early age of 5 from an aggressive, terminal cancer. Her struggle with fear and anxiety led us down the path to learning more about dog training and to eventually opening The Confident Hound. In her memory, we wrote the story of the hound that started it all.
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#theconfidenthound #forcefreetraining #forcefree #fearfreetraining #fearfree #trainwithoutpain #youdonthaveto #ditchthedominance #positivereinforcement #dogtraining #positivedogtraining
#positivedogtrainingmethods #clickertraining #havefunwithyourdog #sciencebaseddogtraining #snackleadernotpackleader #dogsofinstagram #pupsofinstagram #rescuedogsofinstagram #rescuedog #wacotexas #waco #wacotx
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๐Ÿง  The most important knowledge we can provide to dog owners is how to read dog body language. Dogs use every part of their body to communicate with other dogs and with YOU! Plus, they're paying attention to your body language.
๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ Learning how to read and speak 'dog' is truly like learning a new language and every dog has their own *dialect*.
๐Ÿ“— We can't wait for this fabulous book to arrive in October so we can keep teaching our clients how to understand their dogs better!

#Repost @doggielanguagebook
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Hi everyone! We are slowly approaching October. I cannot wait. I have added some preview images to doggielanguagebook.com (viewable on a computer browser only for now) Check these out!
#doggielanguagebook #dogbodylanguage #howtolistentoyourdog #dogcommunication
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๐Ÿพ We had the pleasure of training with Americus today. She's a Chihuahua/Terrier mix being fostered through @fuzzyfriendsres. She may be small, but she has the personality to match such a big name.
๐Ÿฃ At only 3 months old, she is still getting used to ALL the things in this weird human world. We focused on building positive associations with strangers, other dogs, cars, and other sounds around her temporary home. This is a critical time for socialization and we want her to walk into adolescence confidently.
๐Ÿถ Americus loves to show how smart she is by sitting and looking up at you with that adorable grin!
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#theconfidenthound #forcefreetraining #forcefree #fearfreetraining #fearfree #trainwithoutpain #youdonthaveto #ditchthedominance #positivereinforcement #dogtraining #positivedogtraining
#positivedogtrainingmethods #clickertraining #havefunwithyourdog #sciencebaseddogtraining #snackleadernotpackleader #dogsofinstagram #pupsofinstagram #rescuedogsofinstagram #rescuedog #fuzzyfriends #wacotexas #waco #wacotx
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๐Ÿพ Meet our newest clients: Remi & Denver!
๐Ÿค˜Remi & Denver are on session 2 and already rocking it. We're focusing on building Denver's confidence, teaching Remi to have calmer walks, and helping them both have more positive roommate interactions.
๐Ÿ‘ซ๐Ÿป Most importantly, Remi & Denver's pawrents are doing fantastic! They have kept up with their homework and are engaged during training. You get out of your dog what you put into your dog...and they are proof of that.
๐Ÿ“ž If your dog is in need of similar help, contact us!
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#theconfidenthound #reactivity #clickertraining #forcefreetraining #forcefree #fearfreetraining #fearfree #trainwithoutpain #youdonthaveto #ditchthedominance #positivereinforcement #dogtraining #positivedogtraining
#positivedogtrainingmethods #havefunwithyourdog #sciencebaseddogtraining #snackleadernotpackleader #dogsofinstagram #pupsofinstagram #rescuedogsofinstagram #rescuedog #wacotexas #waco #wacotx
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๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿซ We're back at it this weekend with #continuingeducation! We are attending (from home) The Lemonade Conference hosted by @iaabcbehavior and @fenzidogsportsacademy ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ Right now we're learning about treating #separationanxiety. Later we're looking forward to presentations on "Anxiety: The Whole Story", "Ideas That Should Die: Myths and Misconceptions", "Dog Bite Interpretation", "Modifying Resource Guarding Behavior", and "But My Dog Isn't Food Motivated!".
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About The Confident Hound

Our mission is to build confidence in dogs and their humans so they can make the most of their precious time together.

We have approximately 8 to 15 short years with our dogs. Things like stress, anxiety, fear, frustration and insecurity can take a toll on health and happiness, shortening that time and diminishing your memories together. We want you both to worry less, so you can spend that time enjoying life instead. You both deserve peace of mind, to feel in control, and to have predictability and harmony in your home. We can help make this a reality. We are passionate about helping dogs feel confident in their environment, which in turn helps owners feel confident in their dog and strengthens the human-animal bond. We achieve this through force-free, positive reinforcement-based training methods.

Your Trainers

Lisa Corcoran, VSA-CDT

Lisa is a lifelong lover of dogs, learning new things, and solving puzzles. Her background is in Psychology (B.S., Virginia Tech; M.A., Catholic University of America) and she currently works in the veteran mental health research field.ย Lisa is a graduate with distinction of the prestigious Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training & Behavior and has been granted official status as a VSA-Certified Dog Trainer (VSA-CDT). Since 2017, Lisa has volunteered weekly at shelters and rescues to rehabilitate dogs looking for good homes.

These experiences help Lisa understand why both her canine and human clients do what they do. Lisaโ€™s detail-oriented nature helps her to identify the cause of your dogโ€™s behavior problems, and her creativity leads to a solution that works for both you and your dog.ย If youโ€™re looking for a total dog nerd, Lisa is the trainer for you.

Mike Corcoran, CSB-D

Having grown up with dogs that displayed fearful and aggressive behaviors, Mike made it his mission to specialize in helping dogs like these be more confident and content in their surroundings.

Mikeโ€™s educational background is in Computer Science (B.S., Mary Washington College; M.S., George Mason University), which gives him a unique perspective of dog behavior problems as being similar to bugs in computer software. Combined with his experience as a rifleman in the United States Marine Corps, where he learned that true leadership doesnโ€™t rely on using fear or punishment, Mike brings a systems-based approach to dog training.

Mike is a Certified Shelter Dog Behavior Consultant (CSB-D) through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and recently completed Michael Shikashioโ€™s Aggression in Dogs course.

Get In Touch

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