Category Archives: Dog behavior

CARE for Reactive Dogs

Wow! My friend Jennifer Titus has created a wonderful thing. Website: CARE for Reactive Dogs FaceBook Page: CARE for Reactive Dogs on FaceBook CARE is an educational website that provides, free of charge, solid gold information on the protocols of desensitization/counterconditioning and … Continue reading

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Bark Busters: Promoting Facts or Myths?

A friend recently shared a flyer from Bark Busters, a dog training franchise business. It is called “Barking: The Facts” and can be seen at this link. (This is a special link to avoid raising their incoming click stats and you … Continue reading

Posted in Human and dog misunderstandings, Punishment, Punishment culture, Reactivity, Stress Signals | Tagged , , , , , , | 89 Comments

Who Was Resource Guarding? And Why We Need to Take it Seriously

What is it with me and contests/quizzes, anyway? The Curse of Knowledge got me again! Because of the way I made a guessing game out of two pictures of my dogs,  I may have led people to believe that resource … Continue reading

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Which Dog is Resource Guarding?

Here’s a little body language fun: Who is seriously resource guarding? And what is the other dog doing? I showed these pictures to two of my skilled observer friends to compare, and they came up with some great observations. Much … Continue reading

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I’m So Glad I Had the Camera!

Something pleasant for a Monday morning: Eileenanddogs Funniest Home Videos! Here are three incredible and adorable moments that I am very grateful to have on film. Zani Uses a Tool I literally grabbed the camera and turned it on to … Continue reading

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The Right Words, Revealed

Last week I published four “deceptive” photos in  A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words, But Are They the Right Ones? As promised, here are explanations and context for the photos. #1 Zani doing “Whale Eye” Below is the photo in context … Continue reading

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A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words…But Are They the Right Ones?

Here are four photos that are probably not as they seem. I’m telling you that up front. This isn’t a trick. The shutter speed of a typical digital (or analog) camera is far less than a second. Especially if your … Continue reading

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Boing! Capturing a Trick and Putting it on Cue

I’ve got antecedents and cues on the mind lately. So here’s a little video showing how I captured and started putting a cue onto a darling behavior of little Zani’s. I can get her to do it with a prop … Continue reading

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Is Hide and Seek All Fun and Games?

Eric Brad posted a really great question this last summer on his FaceBook page, Canine Nation. Yes, it’s December now. It takes me this long to mull things over sometimes. Have any of you ever used a technique for teaching/encouraging … Continue reading

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Summer Learns An Alternative to Being the Fun Police

I have mentioned before that my dog Summer is reactive. Reactive has come to refer to a dog who reacts strongly (and inappropriately in the human’s view), usually with an aggressive display, to some specific triggers. Some of Summer’s triggers are … Continue reading

Posted in Arousal, Cues, Desensitization and Counterconditioning, Multiple dogs, Positive Reinforcement, Reactivity, Reinforcement | Tagged , , | 12 Comments