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

barking dog

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

Why getting your dog excited may affect your training session

Border collies

“Rover, come!” shouted in a high pitch excited voice is likely to get a faster and more enthusiastic response than the same words expressed in a monotone, low key fashion. Most trainers rely at least at certain times, on how

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog training, emotions, Psychology, service dogs

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

Scared chihuaha

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

Understanding and stopping our dog from jumping on us

jumping dog

Dogs naturally want to jump on us as soon as we walk through the door. It doesn’t matter that we’re in sweat pants or dressed up for a special occasion. For Fido, that’s just how you say “Hello! I’m so

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

There are 3 Es in modern dog training: Efficacy, Efficiency and Ethics

Dog training

As trainers, we talk to dog guardians all the time. They come to us with questions and concerns about their dog and our job is to help them work out the best approach to their canine’s needs. Many have been

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

The top 10 blogs you’ve liked in 2014

2014

Another year has just gone by! I don’t know about you, but it feels like no matter how much I get accomplished, that to-do list just keeps on going. But before we take on a new year, let’s take a

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Posted in Misc, science, Technology, Training tools

I’m a woman and I love dogs – am I neurotic?

happy woman with dog

One out of five women score high in neuroticism. Anxiety, fear, worry, envy, frustration, jealousy, moodiness, anger and depression characterize people who score high in this personality dimension. They are more easily stressed out, have a higher tendency to being

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Posted in Dog/human relationship, emotions, Misc, Psychology

Calming signals- Are they truly signals or calming?

shetland play bow

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

Animal Madness – A review of Laurel Braitman’s insightful new book

bulldog

“Given my choice, I would almost always choose to be a feral dog. Maybe you don’t live as long, maybe you don’t have shots, maybe you have mange, but I would choose that in a hot second over waiting for

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Posted in Dog behavior, emotions, Misc, Psychology, Separation anxiety

Getting A Dog; A User Guide

Puppies

As dog lovers, we’re sometimes faced with a decision that can have a big impact on our life: getting a dog. Whether it’s our first dog or we’re replacing a dog that recently passed or we already have a dog

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog/human relationship, Misc
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