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How Bad Is It?

By |2014-09-17T11:12:24-04:00September 17th, 2014|Categories: Dog training, Fostering Dogs, Helping fearful dogs|Tags: , , , , |

For those who choose to follow what is called the "humane hierarchy" when training animals (guidelines created by far better minds and more experienced minds than my own) there remains confusion among the ranks. In the hierarchy created by Dr. Susan Friedman, some note that because both negative reinforcement and negative punishment are presented on the same level they must therefore both be of equal ...

Better Than Average

By |2014-07-02T09:36:18-04:00July 2nd, 2014|Categories: Dog training, Fostering Dogs, Helping fearful dogs, Medications for fearful dogs, Puppy mills|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

In my world the reality is that those of us living with a dog with fear-based behavior challenges must be better than average pet owners. I say this meaning no offense to average pet owners. Anyone who chooses to live with an animal is ahead of the curve in my book. Most however do not add a dog to their lives in order to have ...

Getting To Yes With Your Dog

By |2014-06-11T14:06:36-04:00June 11th, 2014|Categories: Dog training, Fostering Dogs, Helping fearful dogs|Tags: , , , , |

Dogs who grow up in a home have dozens of opportunities a day to approach people and be reinforced for it. This means it's a good thing from the pup's perspective. They might get a treat, a cuddle, a scratch or the chance to tug on your shoelaces. Dogs, like my dog Sunny who spend their first months or years kenneled with little positive human ...

Getting It Our Way

By |2014-03-17T09:57:33-04:00March 17th, 2014|Categories: Dog training, Fostering Dogs, Helping fearful dogs|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I was having a conversation recently with parents about hitting small children as a disciplinary action. These were by almost anyone's definition good parents. They loved their children, took great care of them, fed them well, played with them, read stories, and did all the things we would recommend parents do with their children. They also happened to think it was ok to hit them, ...

Surviving in the Wilderness

By |2014-01-15T09:18:39-05:00January 15th, 2014|Categories: Dog training, Fostering Dogs, Helping fearful dogs|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

When I was younger I trained to be an "outdoor leader" so I could take people into the mountains or on rivers, for days at a time. I studied wilderness first aid and carried a knife to cut ropes, wore a helmet and PFD on rivers, enjoyed shopping for clothes and shoes designed using the latest technology and fabric for keeping me warm and dry, ...

Use Protection

By |2013-11-16T09:20:27-05:00November 16th, 2013|Categories: Dog training, Fostering Dogs, Helping fearful dogs|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

I returned home yesterday from a multi-day workshop on training birds at Natural Encounters in Florida. Watching and learning from the best bird trainers on the planet (and that is not hyperbole) was inspirational along with educational. One of the take-aways for me was new language to use when talking about training, any animal. Many of the participants at the workshop were zoo keepers. People ...

Because Why?

By |2013-11-04T08:30:58-05:00November 4th, 2013|Categories: Alternative treatments for fearful dogs, Dog training, Helping fearful dogs, Medications for fearful dogs|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

I don't want to come across as someone who trolls the internet looking for other people's websites, blog posts or videos to criticize. More often I try to ignore most of it. Sometimes it lands in my lap. The link to the video included in this post was shared with me by the manufacturers of a new product designed to eliminate anxiety in dogs. I ...

Does My Dog Need Prozac?*

By |2013-10-15T09:43:50-04:00October 15th, 2013|Categories: Dog training, Fostering Dogs, Helping fearful dogs, Medications for fearful dogs|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

The subject of using medications to treat dogs with fear and anxiety issues is a controversial one among pet owners and trainers, and one I frequently feel inclined to address in regard to working with fearful dogs. Drugs have been a blessing and curse for humans. They can both save and destroy lives. Deciding to give a scared dog medications is often a struggle for ...

Assume They Bite

By |2013-08-22T08:27:53-04:00August 22nd, 2013|Categories: Dog training, Helping fearful dogs|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Even a "good" dog has teeth. During his early time with us Sunny never growled or lifted a lip toward me or my husband. No one was more surprised than I was when he landed a bite on my neighbor's calf when she was walking in front of our house. I soon learned  from other, more experienced fearful dog owners, that there was ...

Fixing What Ails You

By |2013-08-09T07:59:59-04:00August 9th, 2013|Categories: Dog training, Helping fearful dogs|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

It seems that many of us go through our lives trying to make something better or fix something that we hold responsible for our troubles. Years ago I was traveling with a couple of friends. One an ex-housemate who I enjoyed and laughed with, the other, his girlfriend was a friend only the most superficial of ways. We worked at the same place and we ...