Tag Archives: stress signals

Is My Dog a Drama Queen?

“My dog is such a drama queen!” “My dog is so manipulative, she overreacts to everything!” “That dog is not really afraid, she’s just being a diva.” Have you heard any of these? A few months back, I posted the … Continue reading

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Calm Submissive

According to the well known TV personality (I won’t call him a trainer) Cesar Millan, “calm submissive” is a very desirable state for your dog to be in. OK, I don’t even want to begin to address the word submissive. So … Continue reading

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We Don’t Need to Stop Discussing “The Quadrants”

Every so often, in the midst of a discussion about operant learning,  someone will write, The quadrants* don’t matter. Talking about the quadrants just confuses people and makes them pay more attention to theory than what is going on in … Continue reading

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The Right Word: Reducing Errors in Verbal Cue Discrimination

I’m an auditory person. I grew up in a whole family of musicians. I love language and sound and music of all sorts. For the first half of my life I lived almost exclusively in the company of musicians, and … Continue reading

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Est-ce que votre chien veut VRAIMENT être caressé ?

Pour mes visiteurs français. Est-ce que votre chien veut VRAIMENT être caressé ? (lien) En anglais Merci à Stéphanie Michenaud et Nathalie Perret du Cray de Balade Ton Chien pour leur aide. Note to all my international readers and viewers: … Continue reading

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Dog Facial Expressions: Stress

Poor Clara had her yearly vet visit this past week. She is my feral dog, and although I have two socialization sessions with her every week and she is making great progress, I have not worked with her at the … Continue reading

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The Perils of Premature Premack

Sacrilege! Is it possible that in some cases, using the Premack principle in choosing reinforcement for our dogs is not the best choice? Can attempting Premack cause problems?* In my experience, yes. It can go wrong with some behaviors, with … Continue reading

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