Category Archives: Reactivity

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

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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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

Don’t Look Now! The Benefits of Window Film for the Household with Reactive Dogs

Do you have a reactive dog, or one who simply barks too much at things he sees out the window? And do you also care about how your house looks and value natural light ? There is something you can … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Funhouse

Over the weekend, Summer and I competed in AKC Rally. She is such an incredibly good sport. After the match I was describing to a friend the ways in which performance events and venues are difficult for Summer. A dog … Continue reading

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