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Dog play, fun and seriously therapeutic

Butts up in the air, after a quick play bow, the dogs take off running, barking, jumping, chasing, growling, stalking and mouthing. Dogs having a good time playing together are quite a spectacle to watch! They can go from stalking

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Posted in Children, Dog behavior, Dog/human relationship, emotions, Fun, Psychology, science, Shelter

Behavior momentum: increasing efficiency in training

Regardless of what species we’re referring to, whether human, dog, horse, dolphin or bird, when teaching something new, the easier we can make the training session, the better the results. If a dog or a child feels successful, their desire

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Posted in Dog training, Learning theory, Misc, Psychology, science

Learning theory basics – Part 2: Operant conditioning: if it works do it again!

Just waking up from a nap, the 2 month old puppy is now replenished and full of energy. Since he’s locked up in a crate, little Jake starts vocalizing and scratching at the door. Thankfully, Coleen, hearing her pup in

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Posted in Bob Bailey, Dog behavior, Dog training, Educational, Learning theory, Psychology, science

Our dogs love us – the proof is in the nose!

Dogs and humans live together, play together, show affection, communicate and love each other. We develop deep bonds with one another and feel that we understand each other fairly well. Yet, when we look closely into the world of senses,

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Posted in Dog/human relationship, Psychology, science

How Do Dogs Think? The Scientific Revolution in Dog Intelligence

When I first started to study dogs from a scientific perspective, finding research on canine behavior was a long and difficult task. It wasn’t just because at the time we didn’t have Internet and most of the publications had to

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

Training ‘Do As I Do’: Fun and Efficient!

Through interactions with the world, animals learn that certain actions lead to pleasant or unpleasant consequences. Most of our training theory revolves around our ability to manipulate the animals’ environment to reinforce certain behaviors rather than others. However, not all

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

Dominance and pack leadership in dogs – Controversial and still misunderstood

If there is one subject that has been beat to death in the dog world, it’s certainly the notion of pack hierarchy in dogs! For the longest time everything was about leadership. Most dog behavior problems were interpreted as a

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

Social referencing: we influence how our dog sees the world

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

2013 – A year to remember! Top 10 blogs.

What a year! Year 2013 has been a journey for all of us at Smart Animal Training Systems, on many levels. It was a year of many beginnings, of exhilarating moments as well as growing pains. In March we launched

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Posted in Bob Bailey, Dog behavior, Dog training, Dog/human relationship, Positive Animal Training, science, Technology

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