My Journal.

Ideas and Articles that help to enrich the relationship between dogs and people.

The Recall Trap.

The Recall Trap.

  Many of my new clients complain that their dog does not respond when they call them.  The “recall” is the most important cue that any dog should learn.  In training lingo, “recall” means the trained behavior of the dog coming to you when called. All behavior is...

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Reward versus Bribe.

Reward versus Bribe.

How to use food correctly when training your dog.   Food works very well as a primary reinforcer for training dogs.  Wolves, the ancient ancestors of domestic dogs, were predators and hunting, foraging and acquiring food is very important to the canine species....

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Should I Get Another Dog?

Should I Get Another Dog?

I have always had two dogs at any one time.  When the senior dog is 10 or 11 years old, I get a puppy.  The older dog teaches the puppy how to be a dog, what behavior is appropriate behavior with other dogs and what is not.  This works very well for me.  But I am a...

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Enrichment.

Enrichment.

Enrichment.  Making life great for your dog. “Enrichment” is a current and popular buzz word in the dog training and behavior consulting worlds.  What is it?   If you were raising a child, you would want to expose that child to all kinds of new and interesting...

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Zivah’s Page.

Zivah’s Page.

Zivah.   Finding her the home that she deserves.  9-21-20  We have found a great home for Zivah.  Thank you all for caring about her!  Age: 3 years.  Female/spayed.  Australian Cattle Dog….. plus a little something else which would explain her lovely, long legs? One...

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Socializing young puppies during Covid 19.

Socializing young puppies during Covid 19.

It is March 29th, 2020.  We are at the height of the Covid-19 epidemic and I have an eight week old puppy.  How am I going to socialize this puppy during a time when you have to stay at least 6 feet away from another human being? One of the silver linings about this...

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Cooperative Care for Veterinary and Grooming.

Cooperative Care for Veterinary and Grooming.

Fear Free Cooperative Care. Do you dread taking your dog to the vet because it turns into such an ordeal?  Does your dog become highly stressed and afraid or even aggressive during vet visits?  Would you like to be able to groom your dog and clip toe nails and give at...

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Is Lassie Coming Home?

Is Lassie Coming Home?

Our changing domestic dog population. Our domestic dog population is changing.  Twenty-five years ago shelters were overflowing with stray dogs, unwanted dogs, and unwanted litters of puppies.  Dogs were given about three days to be claimed before being euthanized....

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Reinforcement and Dogs. What is it?

Reinforcement and Dogs. What is it?

When we talk about reinforcement in dog training what do we mean?  Essentially, it means anything  that lights up the reward center in an animals’s brain is a reinforcer.  What is reinforcing to one animal is not necessarily reinforcing to another.  How can we tell if...

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