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What Makes a Good Temperament?

What Makes a Good Temperament?

It is a common misconception that “All a dog needs is love” or “It’s how you raise them” to increase the chances – or even “guarantee” – a dog will have a good temperament. And although these things are very important, there are a lot more factors that affect how a dog will behave at ...

Understanding, Identifying, and Coping with Canine Stress

Understanding, Identifying, and Coping with Canine Stress

Just like us, our dogs can and do experience stress. And just as stress can make us feel afraid, hyper, edgy, or irritable, it can do the same to our dogs.

As a pet behavior consultant, I have observed that most behavior problems with pets, especially the more serious, such as ...

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Helping Owners, Helping Dogs

Helping Owners, Helping Dogs

By Veronica Sanchez

How many times have you nearly walked right into a tree while training a dog? Multitasking is hard even when you do not have a limitation. Keep in mind that for someone with a mobility ...

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 ...

Is “Maybe” Addictive?

By Louise Stapleton-Frappell

In operant conditioning, behavioral responses that are positively reinforced increase in frequency, intensity or duration. The cue is given, the response occurs, reinforcement ...

The Crossover Client

The Crossover Client

By Eileen Anderson

When I crossed over to training primarily with positive reinforcement, I had no idea how much my behavior and even my belief system would need to change. I had to question my faith in some ...

Double Your Money: The Hidden  Advantage of Using Food to Train

Double Your Money: The Hidden Advantage of Using Food to Train

By Eileen Anderson

We’ve all heard the comments: ‘You’re bribing your dog!’ ‘Training with treats makes dogs fat!’ ‘What do you do if your dog runs into traffic? Throw cookies at it?’ BARKS from the ...

Training the Wild Friends at Best Friends

Training the Wild Friends at Best Friends

By Vicki Ronchette

[An] astonishing thing happened with a different tortoise who we were told was overweight and needed exercise. This tortoise started out happily taking food but then stopped eating. ...

When Food Toys “Fail”

When Food Toys “Fail”

By Eileen Anderson

How many of us have heard about food-toy failures from our friends and clients? “I tried the Kong with my puppy, but she didn’t like it,” or, “My dog is not smart enough for those puzzle ...

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