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From Auspicious Beginnings to a Hard-won Solution – Malena DeMartini

From Auspicious Beginnings to a Hard-won Solution – Malena DeMartini My second client ever (circa 2001) was a separation anxiety case. The dog’s name was Guinness, like the beer, and his guardians had found him sickly and tattered, scavenging for

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog training, Dog/human relationship, Educational, emotions, Fear, Learning theory, Positive Animal Training, Psychology, Separation anxiety, Technology, Training tools

Why Common Ways To Reduce Nuisance Barking Can Be Ineffective Or Worse!

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Bark, bark, bark… Dogs bark, that’s a fact, whether we like it or not. But much like when children cry or scream, it’s very hard for us to simply ignore such vocalizations. Barking is loud and often disturbing to the

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog training, Dog/human relationship, Fear, Separation anxiety

Fear, Fireworks & Neuroplasticity: What you should never do when your dog is afraid

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Modern dog training recognizes that many of our dog’s problematic behaviors are the expression of an underlying fear. When Fido is scared, he’s going to automatically flee, freeze or fight depending on whether he’s dealing with another dog, a person

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog training, Dog/human relationship, Fear

Calming signals- Are they truly signals or calming?

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Calming signals is a term brought forth by Norwegian dog trainer Turid Rugaas (2005) to describe behaviors that dogs display when trying to calm down a situation. In animals living in groups, it’s important to have ways of communication that

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

Acts of punishment are stronger than rewards

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We sometimes assume that choosing punishment or rewards in training is merely a matter of personal preferences. We use the tools that we deem the most effective, and that we have grown proficient with. If we can teach a dog

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog training, Dog/human relationship, emotions, Fear, Misc, Positive Animal Training, Psychology

The 10 best ways to get bit by a dog

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Dog bites hurt! Even when they don’t break skin, the mere pressure of the canine jaws is enough to inflict serious pain. Many of us have experienced at least one traumatic chomp. The speed and brutality of the act often

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog/human relationship, emotions, Fear, Roughhousing

Dog barking: different types and treatments

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Barking is loud, obnoxious, irritating and is very hard to tolerate. It’s meant to be! When a baby cries, we feel an insurmountable urge to do something about it. In the same way, when our dog barks, we’re compelled to

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog training, Dog/human relationship, emotions, Fear, Misc, Psychology, Separation anxiety

Reactivity and Aggression in dogs – Managing and Treating

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It’s hard to enjoy a walk in the park, when we know our beloved companion can suddenly turn into Cujo at the first sight of a strange dog or a jogger. Not only do we have to face the challenge

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog training, emotions, Fear, Positive Animal Training, Psychology

Social referencing: we influence how our dog sees the world

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When we’re unsure about a novel situation, our first response is to look around and check how others are reacting. This behavior is easy to spot when watching hidden camera TV shows where a person faced with an ambiguous situation

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog/human relationship, emotions, Fear, Psychology, science

Smaller dogs, bigger problems?

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From Rin tin tin to Lassie, Benjie and Beethoven, medium to large dogs have dominated the Hollywood scenes, the TV shows as well as our homes. Often statements of prosperity, leadership and strength, dogs convey a certain image we have

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog training, Dog/human relationship, Fear
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