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Don’t Shame The Kindness Out Of Them

By |2022-03-17T14:29:04-04:00March 31st, 2022|Categories: Aversive Training, Problem Behavior, Training|Tags: , |

I should start by saying that my parents were kind people. They modeled being helpful and supportive of people who might struggle in the world because they were different from the other people in their family or community. They gave me a puppy for my birthday when I was 16, which makes them just about the best of anyone on the planet. But even with ...

The Rat Is Always Right

By |2022-03-17T14:54:15-04:00March 17th, 2022|Categories: Problem Behavior, Training|

Punishing Mistakes Isn't Fair Why wouldn't animal do what they needed to do, to get what they wanted? One reason is they don't know what to do. Or can't do it. If we see that an animal wants something, but our attempts to get them to do what we want aren't working, we need to do something different. Recognizing that the environment controls behavior is ...

Forget About Stress & Anxiety

By |2022-01-24T12:00:43-05:00September 4th, 2019|Categories: Dog training, Helping fearful dogs, Problem Behavior|

First off, sorry. The title was designed to get your attention. We cannot forget about stress and anxiety but rather than focus on those conditions we assume a dog is experiencing, let's get down to the business of behavior. It has been important that people have been encouraged to learn about behaviors that dogs perform routinely that often go unnoticed, or unconsidered. People like Turid ...