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…

Morning Walk

Morning Walk Sunlight oozes out, One delicate day begun, Us, shadows copy

What’s it all about

It’s funny how some of us come into the world more likely to avoid the pitfalls and others seem to step into every sinkhole.  Maybe there is some initial awareness or some character preference or first choice that sets us on an easier or harder path in the culture we land in. I was working…

Finding play or something to do – in house, effective

I’ve noticed many people think they have to  rough house, or go outside and hike in the wilderness, or go to a dog park, or teach their dog to retrieve something or buy a new toy to really play with their dog. And most of the time that is too hard because the person needs…

Stillness as a Training Tool

Movement and noise draws attention, triggers the chase, speeds the come, escalates the interaction, adds to mouthiness, springs to jumping, builds excitement and indicates frustration. Stillness and silence creates a pause, slows all action, ends the interaction, stops the noise, starts the sniffing, leads to calmness and indicates quitting. But a body in motion stays…

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…

Careless teeth – puppy biting

My puppy kindergarten class members want to know what to do about biting. Such sweet young faces filled with sharp using teeth. He bites, she bites, puppies all bite. Some bite harder, some not as much and some seem to go into an upset growling biting frenzy (mostly when they are over-tired or over-excited or…