Monthly Archives: October 2012

Force-Free Trainers! Just Keep Talking!

There are plenty of professionals who are routinely frustrated by the beliefs held by their clients or potential clients. Researchers studying climate change are likely among them. Humans are complicated creatures. On one hand we seem to be capable of stunning thoughts. Whether in the arts or sciences, we can come up with remarkable ideas. On the other hand, we are also bound by a [...]

By |2012-10-30T12:29:23-04:00October 30th, 2012|28 Comments

It’s My Party, No Need To Bring Your Own Kool-Aid

A year or two back I posted a blog about Cesar Millan and discovered that there is a group of Dog Whisperer Ambassadors. They are either a fan club or a social media marketing arm of somebody invested in Mr. Millan's success. They sniff out comments and articles criticizing him and go to work explaining why those who have not jumped on the whispering bandwagon [...]

By |2012-10-28T17:05:25-04:00October 28th, 2012|47 Comments

The Beautiful Flow of Experimentation

When we are living with any dog, but especially a fearful dog, we need to be prepared, at any moment, to reinforce behaviors we like. This is what behavior modification is all about. If you sat two children down, one with a pile of marbles, the other with a bucket of tennis balls and gave each the task to put these objects into a milk [...]

By |2012-10-26T11:57:16-04:00October 26th, 2012|11 Comments

Do You Have Any Business Punishing a Dog?

How would you justify going to a surgeon who claimed to be really good at cutting out tumors but had flunked out of classes on physiology and biology? Maybe some of their patients survived the surgery and went on to live full lives without a tumor, but what about the others? What about that nerve bundle that the surgeon nicked because they didn't realize how [...]

By |2012-10-24T12:05:53-04:00October 24th, 2012|38 Comments

Are We Their Best Friends?

I was asked by a newspaper to write a review for the film One Nation Under Dog which will be showing at a local film festival. Here it is. One Nation Under Dog is a documentary divided into three segments exploring the complicated and often eccentric relationships people have with dogs. Though some of the scenes are not appropriate for young children, whether you are [...]

By |2012-10-19T16:50:09-04:00October 19th, 2012|5 Comments

Think Like A Human

Pet owners are often encouraged to think like a dog when faced with behavior challenges. I can’t help but feel a twinge of discomfort when I hear it. Attempts to think like a dog are often accompanied by fables of why a dog is behaving as they are. They’re jealous or angry, we need to be their leader, or treat them as a mother dog [...]

By |2012-10-17T11:49:03-04:00October 17th, 2012|5 Comments

Train em, Don’t restrain em

Last night when I should have been doing other things or at least heading off to bed I was looking at Facebook. A friend had posted a plea for information about how to get ointment into the eye of her resistant little dog. Almost all of the suggestions included using some form of restraint, including wrapping him in a towel, which would create the level [...]

By |2012-10-10T09:11:11-04:00October 10th, 2012|19 Comments

Stockholm Syndrome?

I was reading a post in The Crossover Trainer Blog and was struck by the implications of this comment made about her observation of Cesar Millan at his 'Dog Psychology Center'. "........He walked in with me and one could definitely sense he had an effect on the dogs. I concede he does have “something” about him that effects the dogs. " Not sure why there is an implied [...]

By |2012-10-02T10:28:32-04:00October 2nd, 2012|76 Comments