My Journal.

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

Breed Behavioral Traits and Aggression.

Breed Behavioral Traits and Aggression.

Humans are “lumpers”.  We to want to find commonalities in groups to determine whether they fall in the dangerous column or the not dangerous column.  We are animals to.  This can lead to the often confusing “Correlation versus Causation” question and humans often get...

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Dogs on the Furniture?

Dogs on the Furniture?

I don’t recommend allowing domestic dogs to get up on furniture in the house…unless they are invited up….and asked to get down.  These are necessary rule structures that dogs need regarding any location in the home that gives them height. Height matters to dogs. ...

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The Case Against Using Aversive Training methods.

The Case Against Using Aversive Training methods.

Fallout from Aversive Training Methods. Why punishment is not longer used by educated trainers. What is an “aversive” when used in the context of dog training?  An aversive is something unpleasant that is applied to the dog “to stop or suppress a particular...

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Park and Train.

Park and Train.

  How to get focus and response from your dog in any environment. This is not hard to do.  You just have to do it!  If you do this with young puppies and continue to do it throughout their development, you will have a confident dog who can go anywhere with you....

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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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