Monthly Archives: March 2010

Novel ideas

A light bulb moment occurred for me in regard to my fearful dog Sunny when I understood that he was limited in his abilities by his brain. It wasn't that he was choosing not to come to me, or that he refused to move out of the corner, as conscious choices, it was that given the development of his brain, these behaviors were how he [...]

By |2010-03-30T13:20:16-05:00March 30th, 2010|9 Comments

Sometimes the choice should be theirs

Years ago when I studied martial arts I was being instructed by a black belt in the class. I was trying to learn how to grab someone by the wrist and flip them over my shoulder. The instructor would grab me by the wrist, turn her body, put my forearm on her shoulder, bend over and whoosh! my body followed and I landed with a [...]

By |2010-03-29T16:02:00-05:00March 29th, 2010|8 Comments

Progress happens, for many reasons

I have to admit that after living with this dog for over 4 years, I'm not very good at assessing the causes affecting his progress. I came to the conclusion that I'd have to have the training and the inclination of a field biologist who noted details, keeping track of behaviors, when they occurred, where they occurred, how long they occurred, etc., to be able [...]

By |2010-03-24T14:17:28-05:00March 24th, 2010|5 Comments

There is a sunny side!

It's probably just me, maybe it's cabin fever or hormonal, but I've been particularly bothered lately by all the bad press that dog owners have been getting in blogs and tweets that I follow. Sure there are bad owners out there, negligent and even criminal ones, who should never be allowed control of a dog again. There are owners who are naive, or who display [...]

By |2010-03-22T12:02:34-05:00March 22nd, 2010|17 Comments

If not the ‘dog friendly’ trainers, then who?

I was helping out with a reactive dog class and a woman enrolled with a Great Dane she had recently adopted. She had been turned away from another class because she was using a shock collar on the dog. In effect she had been sent off to find a trainer who uses shock collars to train dogs. Fortunately she found the reactive dog class, run [...]

By |2010-03-17T13:35:55-05:00March 17th, 2010|15 Comments

More management thoughts

I heard a well known trainer say that the hardest thing for many owners to do is to stop putting their dogs into situations where they react inappropriately. Her recommendation that they find alternatives to the ways they are currently managing their pets routinely goes unheeded. In some cases a certain level of management may always be required to keep our dogs and others around [...]

By |2010-03-11T19:50:59-05:00March 11th, 2010|0 Comments

Management & Skills

The process of working with fearful dogs could be simplified and broken down into two steps; management and skills development. Management: Handlers need to come up with plans for managing a fearful dog so as to eliminate or minimize their opportunities for responding in fearful ways. This can often be challenging and many owners find it inconvenient to do. Walking a dog that is afraid [...]

By |2010-03-05T12:52:51-05:00March 5th, 2010|5 Comments

The price of a fearful dog

Years ago a friend decided he was ready to adopt a dog. As a young man he had traveled cross country with his beloved chihuahua and he was hoping to find a small dog to add to his and his children's lives. Small dogs were not easy to find at nearby shelters so he looked online and found what seemed to be a good match, [...]

By |2010-03-03T22:18:45-05:00March 3rd, 2010|13 Comments