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A Positive Strategy

A Positive Strategy

As I set up my dog on the start line of an agility course, I want her to feel excited and exhilarated. At the same time, I also want her to feel relaxed within the environment and completely engaged with me, focused on my communication and maintaining our connection throughout this ...

Predictive Detective Work

Predictive Detective Work

I often hear my clients say they don’t understand why their dog is doing this or that, or that there’s no reason or cause for the behavior at all. But of course, there is always a cause for a dog to behave in a certain way, no matter how perplexing it may ...

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A Better Awareness of Overarousal

A Better Awareness of Overarousal

By Anna Bradley

When mentioning “arousal” or “overarousal,” dog owners may have some idea as to their definition, but in my experience the consensus seems to be that the terms generally refer to negative ...

Busting the Muzzle Myth

Busting the Muzzle Myth

By Rachel Brix

Walking the busy streets of our small tourist town with my dog, the looks on people's faces range from confusion, to disgust, to laughter, to disapproval, to openmouthed, wide-eyed shock. The ...

From Zero to Hero

From Zero to Hero

By Ariel Baber

A lot of people may get annoyed when a dog wakes them up, particularly if they are woken up by him pawing at their chest and licking their face. To be honest, I’m no different. I had no idea ...

Canine Aggression: The Public Perception

Canine Aggression: The Public Perception

By Hannah Blumenfeld

I have spent a lot of time watching how people interact with dogs they don't know. A handsome boxer was tied up outside a shop, and a woman went right up to him, got in his face, like ...

Putting the Social  in Socialization

Putting the Social in Socialization

By Anna Bradley

The goal of puppy socialization is to “convince the amygdala, that part of the puppy’s brain that reacts emotionally to his world that, in general, the best/most appropriate emotional ...

Lessons from Bogie

Lessons from Bogie

By Shannon Finch

Later, my client told me what had happened that weekend. They had had guests, and Bogie had been whining and crying in his crate, so her husband used a shock collar to keep him quiet. Things ...

Addressing Aggression,  the Force-Free Way

Addressing Aggression, the Force-Free Way

By Diane Garrod

Reactivity is by no means necessarily an intent to do harm; the dog who hides shivering behind her owner or the dog who lashes out with growling and lunging are both experiencing the same ...

A Better Dog-Human Understanding

A Better Dog-Human Understanding

By Susan Nilson

We may assume that a free-ranging dog lives unhappily without a human family. In some instances, this may be the case. But we also need to remember that free-ranging dogs have a lot of freedom ...

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