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The Emotions of Reactivity

The Emotions of Reactivity

Reactivity refers to canine behavior whereby a dog is over aroused by something in the environment. For some dogs it may be the sight of another dog. For others, it may be a child riding a bike or a jogger passing by the window. Or any number of things.

The behavior response includes ...

Resource Guarding vs. Rule Setting: Training and Management

Resource Guarding vs. Rule Setting: Training and Management

How do we know if we’re dealing with resource guarding or rule setting? For me, the answer lies in a constellation of observable behaviors which, taken together, tell the tale. I think of this as The Zones.

Ownership Zone: This is the actual physical space in which ...

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Dogs on the Road

Dogs on the Road

By Diane Garrod

Traveling in a home on wheels can be a disaster without thorough planning. Any trip can be a full sensory overload for a dog with new smells to explore, wildlife to avoid, and evening jaunts ...

Building Bonds That Last

Building Bonds That Last

By Jennifer Shryock

Because dog and baby/toddler dynamics are constantly evolving, I would like to suggest that we shift the emphasis from the standard ‘introducing dog to baby’ and focus instead on working ...

Great Expectations

Great Expectations

By Susan McKeon

Before retirement, most greyhounds will not have experienced many of the day-to-day sights, sounds and activities that companion dogs are accustomed to and that we take for granted. It is fair ...

The Challenge of Breed Discrimination

The Challenge of Breed Discrimination

By Kim Iffert

It was finally a beautiful day in Chicago so I grabbed my bag, my leash, a pocket full of treats and tennis ball and set out for a walk. The neighbors were out and it was the perfect opportunity ...

Don’t Believe the Hype

Don’t Believe the Hype

By Eileen Anderson

A typical product description for an electronic fence will say it is safe and simple. Its references to the collar will make it seem like it is comfortable for the dog. It will highlight ...

Dog Speak – The Language of Barking

Dog Speak – The Language of Barking

By Diane Garrod

Barking communication has a very clear progression and purpose. It starts abruptly between two and four weeks of age, with most puppies showing a response as if they are startled by their ...

A Cautionary Tale

A Cautionary Tale

By Kayla Sprague

When I got home I pulled out a pretty pink collar from my drawer with Cupcake’s old ID tag and thought, “Well little girl, as you’re staying for a bit you’ll need this.” I thought it would be ...

Positive Associations

Positive Associations

By Debbie Bauer

When teaching blind and deaf puppies, it is always a fine line between empowering them and building their confidence, while also protecting them from getting hurt. Just like any other puppy, ...

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