Offering online and in-person coaching - Trail, BC Canada
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training and behaviour consulting

Help for pet owners and animal industry professionals.

Training

Basic to advanced obedience.

Behaviour

Help with fear, aggression, anxiety, and reactivity.

Consulting

For trainers and dog daycare owners.

Seminars

Seminars on the topic of your choice.

Shadow Program

For animal industry professionals.

Blog

Articles, case studies, tips and tricks.

About Me

Sarah Dixon (Fulcher) is a dedicated and passionate dog trainer living in BC, Canada, She just returned to BC after spending the last 3 years working with dogs with problem behaviour in Manhattan. She has trained animals her whole life, but first started seriously working with dogs in 2001, taking in shelter animals that needed training. Volunteering as a foster home for rescue organizations for many years provided Sarah more valuable experience. She lived with and trained many different canine personalities, and has experience and success with many traditionally difficult to train breeds.

Certifications

CDBC - Certified Dog Behaviour Consultant, KPA-CTP - Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, Cert.CBST - Certificate in Canine Behaviour Science and Technology, CTDI - Certified Trick Dog Instructor

Achievements

International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (IAABC) Board Member and Past President; Speaker at the APDT Conferences; Published author in the IAABC Journal, Clickertraining.com, APDT Chronicle of the Dog, IACP Safe Hands Journal, and contributor to the book 'Better Together: An Anthology of Modern Dog Trainers'.

Competition

My dogs have titled/competed in: obedience, rally obedience, nosework, tricks, agility, skijor racing. We also have experience with: musical freestyle, disc, and herding. Training is currently focused on herding and obedience.

Associations

IAABC Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner.

Services
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COOPERATIVE CARE: THE HOW AND THE WHY

Originally published in the Winter 2019 IAABC Journal. Full Article Here Cooperative care involves training an animal to not only tolerate handling and husbandry procedures, but to be an active, willing participant in these experiences. In this column, we highlight some useful behaviors to teach clients to facilitate cooperative care,…

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Danger at the Door

Originally featured in the Summer 2019 IAABC Journal. Click link for full article. Danger at the Door City life is not easy for all dogs. For the outgoing canine “extrovert” it’s a walk in the park — new friends and adventures around every corner. For the more reserved or fearful…

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What is Cooperative Care?

Featured in the Fall 2018 IAABC journal. Click link to view full article. What is Cooperative Care? Cooperative care involves training an animal to not only tolerate handling and husbandry procedures, but to be an active, willing participant in these experiences. Cooperative care is quite common in zoos, where large…

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Forget Everything You’ve Heard About Dominance

If your dog tries to ask nicely for space, and no one listens they may learn to eventually resort to “screaming” for their requests for space to be heard. In dog language screaming for space equals barking, lunging, growling, and sometimes aggression. These insecure dogs often get labelled as dominant…

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“The Clicker Thing” Really Works!

A few weeks ago I met with a client for a private lesson with her reactive Border Collie, Fred. We’ve been doing lessons for a while now. At that lesson she confessed that for several weeks she had been thinking “this clicker thing” (AKA engage/disengage game) was not going to…

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When Medication May Be The Right Choice

Sarah Fulcher, CDBC I recently began working with a very lovely little dog named Lily, a female mixed breed dog who weighs about 25 lbs. She is very affectionate, intelligent and cute, however, she had a very rough start in life. Before she came to her new owners she spent most…

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It’s Not Shark Week…

It’s Not Shark Week… Tips and Trick for Nippy Pups   By Sarah Fulcher You’ve just brought home your new furry bundle of joy. Everything is going swell for the first week – you’re impressed at how sweet and calm your puppy is. Then, out of nowhere you have a…

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Training Drop It

Training Drop it By Sarah Fulcher, CDBC There are three ways I will commonly use to teach dogs to drop items. I don’t often use a clicker because my hands are full but will usually use a verbal “yes” marker at least. You can use a clicker or a verbal,…

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The Enlightened Dog Trainer

The Enlightened Dog Trainer By Sarah Fulcher, CDBC The enlightened dog trainer makes training fun. Instead of drudgery it becomes a game. They are connected, in tune, and invested in their canine partner. They are engaging, dynamic, using praise, movement, play, and other rewards to build desired behaviours. They know…

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Shaping Success

Shaping Success By Sarah Fulcher, CDBC   Free shape—or not? Free shaping is a type of animal training where you teach the behaviours in gradual steps using a marker, like a clicker, and rewards. Shaping can be a great way to teach some difficult behaviours, expand your animal’s capabilities, exercise your…