Dog Emotions

Emotion drives learning, it drives action, change, and behaviors. There are some emotions that are the same behavior from the canine … these are core emotions. Anger or Rage = snarls, bites, escape physical restraint. The lower level of this is frustration, which is sparked by mental restraint. Fear = freeze or run away, when survival…

Thinking about getting a puppy?

The following are some things I think everyone should probably know before getting a pup.  First know who you’re dealing with, especially if you’re paying significant money for this pup. Even if you aren’t, remember this pup will be a family member so prepare to choose well. I expect you to keep the pup you…

Come here – dog don’t leave

Come to you? Why would I? The smells waft up from the grass beckoning, The furred creatures run and chatter fast, but not faster than me. My sometimes pleasant partner complains, drags slowly, makes angry noises and threatens me. I see a glimpse of my quarry in the distance, I can catch it, I can…

Adding the right stuff – calm from wild pup

Picture a sweet looking yellow puppy straining at the end of his tight leash, bouncing forward trying to go see other puppies instead of loose leash walking with his person. Trainer said, stating the obvious to get the person to review what they are doing, “You’ve lost him, lost him, he’s not with you –…

Reading your dog – why use video

I get a fair amount of push back from people when I say things like “patting him on the head isn’t a reward, he’s not liking it.” And maybe I should be more factual, “when you patted him on the head he ducked away and left you, or he started sniffing the ground, or he…

Manage your puppy to make training easy

Feeling guilty about how much time your pup is alone, confined and not out running around playing? It’s true your puppy needs you, needs your time and your focus.  She needs to play and exercise and see things and do things. But it’s also true that if she is free to find her own fun,…

What do you get from puppy kindergarten?

Often people are hesitant to start training their puppy … just let him be a baby and have fun, we’ll just clean up the messes, he’s too young, he loves everybody so no need to go out and meet extra people/dogs, or he’s too afraid to go out and meet people, we’re worried about him…

Seven things people do to dogs that dogs hate

Here are seven things that people enjoy to do to dogs and despite dogs disliking them people seem to think the dog is enjoying it too. And because so many people do these things to dogs I always work to desensitize my dogs to parts of them and protect my dog from them and suggest…

Loose leash walking; heeling, or in the reinforcement zone

How to teach your dog to walk on a loose leash: Don’t walk if the leash is not loose. Only walk when the leash is loose (and not because you just made it longer). “Ah but …  my dog is always pulling, I won’t be able to walk anywhere, he gets so interested in smells,…