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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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Canine Car Anxiety

Canine Car Anxiety

By Lori Nanan

Many people are left scratching their heads when it comes to car sickness and anxiety. It often feels much like a ...

From Shelter Dog to Service Dog

By L. A. Bykowsky and Chere McCoy

Six months ago Stella was at the HSVB waiting for that special someone to take her home and love her forever. It so happened that I went in one day looking for a super ...

Getting on Their Level

Getting on Their Level

By Emily Cassell

Rabbits are well known for their ability to, well, multiply like rabbits. They are not however, well known for maternal care. Indeed, every spring wildlife rehabbers are plagued with baby ...

The Miracle Mutt

The Miracle Mutt

By Gail Radtke

...when [Lanie] was a year old, I applied to the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program in Maple Ridge, BC. This is a Canada-wide program that involves certified handlers and dogs volunteering ...

Agility with a Difference

Agility with a Difference

By Morag Heirs

There are many successful deaf dogs taking part in fun agility, weekly training sessions and competing at all levels. In most cases, spectators would be hard pressed to tell the difference ...

Setting a Course to Confidence

Setting a Course to Confidence

By Diane Garrod

Can confidence be built in dogs? If so, how and what does a confident dog look like versus one that isn’t confident? Confidence building requires helping a dog to feel safe, to trust again, ...

Are ‘Free-Shaped’ Dogs Better Problem Solvers?

Are ‘Free-Shaped’ Dogs Better Problem Solvers?

By Carmen LeBlanc

Most professional dog trainers have heard about criticisms of lure-reward training in recent years. These criticisms have been made along with enthusiastic claims about the superiority of ...

Target Practice

Target Practice

By Lara Joseph

Training animals to target makes husbandry a lot less stressful and much safer. It is also a useful tool to have at your disposal in an emergency situation...There are so many instances where ...

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