Do Dogs Instinctively Love People?

What do you think of the following quote about the dog-human relationship? How true is it? “It is scarcely possible to doubt that the love of man has become instinctive in the dog.” —Charles Darwin http://darwin-online.org.uk/Variorum/1860/1860-215-c-1859.html When examined as it is, out of context, it appears that this quote from Darwin’s On the Origin of…

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A Message for Everyone Who Consults On Aggression Cases

If you are working with aggression cases of any kind – dog-dog or dog-person, in any advisory or problem resolution capacity, you can’t afford to not watch this video.  Did you know that your records – all of them – can be subpoenaed for a lawsuit?  If a dog bites someone, or causes someone to be…

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Use Visual Aids To Help Pet Parents Identify Emotions

One of the biggest obstacles for pet owners in trying to prevent or resolve behavior problems is that they are not good at recognizing the more subtle signs of emotional states such as fear and aggression. Many trainers and behavior consultants recognize this, and try to educate their clients in identifying these signs. However simply…

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Jump Starting Counter Conditioning

What happens when you can’t get started with counter conditioning?  Let’s face it, – it is just not always possible to keep a dog “under threshold”.  Stuff happens unexpectedly.  The requirements of daily life mean sometimes the dog has to go in the car, even when he’s afraid of car rides;  we have to get…

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Choice, Control, Predictability and Stress

We hear more often these days about giving dogs, and other pets, choices.  Should our critters have unlimited choices?  When can choice be a good thing and a not so good thing?  Here’s some food for thought.   Here are the resources mentioned in the video: Webinar course from PetProWebinars.com: What Dogs and Cats Really…

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Behavior Changes in Surviving Pets After the Death of Another Pet

Having lost our Coral a mere two months before this post, we thought this was a timely study to talk about. Evaluating how pets may grieve after the death of another pet is a difficult task because it’s hard to pin down what they are actually reacting to.  Watch and listen as we describe what…

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When Are Threats and Aggression “Not Normal”?

Aggression problems are serious business. Some dogs – even if they haven’t bitten – are much more dangerous than others.  We talk about a few reasons why in this video.  As professionals it’s important we be able to recognize when behavior is not normal, and this is especially true when it comes to threatening and aggressive…

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Is “LitterMate Syndrome” Real?

OR – is it time to change the conversation? We talk about the recommendation that’s been around forever about not acquiring two puppies at the same time.  Is there good evidence for that?  And if not, what should we be talking about instead?   Want to learn more about what science has to say about…

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Can’t Convince Clients To See Things Your Way?

Are you frustrated because you can’t convince a client to stop using a particular tool or method?  Are you close to “firing” them? Try these ideas instead. Behavior Education Network members have the full series on “How to Have A Productive Discussion When You Don’t See Eye to Eye”. Join us!

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Do You Know What Your Clients Want?

I (Suzanne) was recently engaged in a thread in a training group on Facebook.  My contribution was to suggest that the person who started the thread avoid using a shock collar on her dog.  I referred her to several other trainers in her area.  After reading one person’s website, she replied to me that she…

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