Yearly Archives: 2013

Treated fear can return – even to the next generation

As I have mentioned in a few other posts, the vast majority of behaviors that we deem problematic in our dogs, such as, barking, biting, lunging, destruction, separation anxiety or resource guarding, stem from the dog’s fear, anxiety or panic.

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Posted in Dog behavior, Educational, Fear, Psychology, science

New study sheds light on serious to fatal dog bites

The bond between man and dog goes far back in the history of mankind and countless studies point to the benefits of owning a dog. Yet, there are times where the relationship between the two species takes a turn for

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Posted in Children, Dog behavior, Dog/human relationship, Fear, science

Generalization in dogs and humans – the difference is in the brain

My dog sits perfectly during the training sessions, but looks at me with a blank stare when I ask her to sit when we’re in the park. Why is it that dogs can’t figure out that ‘sit’ in my house

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog/human relationship, Educational, Psychology, science

Thanks for Giving – to all the shelter and rescue workers

An estimated 3-4 million cats and dogs are put to death in the US alone (according to the APPA statistics). That’s a fantastic decrease from to 12-20 million that were euthanized in the 70s, especially since the overall number of

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Posted in Dog/human relationship, Misc, Shelter

When is controlling our dog too controlling?

When teachers, psychologists and parents are asked which methods are more acceptable when teaching our children, they consistently prefer a positive-reinforcement based approach over the use of punishment. A punitive approach to behavior is not only less effective, but it

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Posted in Children, Dog behavior, Dog training, Dog/human relationship, Positive Animal Training

Separation Anxiety in Dogs – A Consultant’s High Tech Toolkit

Dogs are social creatures and fit naturally into our human society because they are biologically driven to form bonds with others. They love being in our company and are always happy when we give them attention, play time, or a

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog training, Dog/human relationship, Separation anxiety, Technology, Training tools

Animal Training Is About Animal Welfare

In a world where everything must be cheap, quick and easy, we look for the best deal and for the cheapest and fastest ways to fill our needs. We’re not just shaped by culture and industrialization. In fact, the reason

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Posted in Dog training, Dog/human relationship, Positive Animal Training, Psychology

The challenges of the modern dog trainer – APDT 2013

Is there any other profession that requires such a diversity of talents as dog trainer ? We become a dog trainer because of our passion for dogs, but the reality can be very different than the expectations. As a dog

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog training, Dog/human relationship, science, Technology, Training tools

Pet Tutor® at APDT – New technology boosting the trainer’s potential to help dogs

After unveiling Pet Tutor® for the very first time at the APDT conference in Spokane, WA, I can’t help but look back to the almost 30 years that I have worked with dogs and think of how dog training has evolved.

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Posted in Dog training, Dog/human relationship, Positive Animal Training, science, Technology, Training tools

The Matching Law, Key To Dog Behavior

What makes us chose between watching our favorite TV show and writing the paper due in a couple of weeks? Why do we opt to walk our dog instead of making that important phone call to a difficult client? Why

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog training, Positive Animal Training, science
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