Drives and Motivation Revisited

Knowing which dogs are going to be best suited for certain tasks and specific roles is important. Even just describing traits in pet dogs is useful. In this episode we extend our discussion about whether the term “prey drive” is useful, and whether the research about personality or temperament in dogs has identified a “prey drive” trait. And how can professionals striving to be better grounded in science modify terminology to more accurately operationally define and describe behaviors that are important.

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It’s Time to Drop the Drive Word

It’s Time to Drop the Drive Word. “Drives” are not personality traits and the term does nothing to explain what motivates behavior. Its use perpetuates outdated views that science has long since abandoned. If dog training is to be more “science based”, then drive terminology needs to go.

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Housetraining Essentials

What are the three most crucial components for successful housetraining? And what’s the biggest mistake people make when using a crate to aid in the house training process?Does a crate really teach bladder and bowel control? And why do you think we call it houseTRAINING and not house breaking? Find out the answers to these questions and more in this episode of Pet Behavior Consulting Essentials.

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What Does “Science Based” Dog Training Mean?

What does it mean to claim dog training, or particular dog training techniques are “science based”? Is this another way of referring to “positive reinforcement” based methods – or not?

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The Two Most Dangerous Mistakes People Make When Crating Their Dogs

What are the two most dangerous mistakes you can make when using a crate to manage your dog’s behavior? FInd out in this episode

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Is Separation Anxiety Due to Over Attachment?

Phobic Behavior

Separation anxiety is a common behavior problem in dogs. Supposedly dogs that have this problem are too attached, or “overly attached” to their owners. But is this really true? Do we really know the root causes of separation anxiety? What does science have to tell us? Those are the points of discussion for this episode.

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How To Be a Behavior Consultant Pet Owners Want to Hire

What do pet owners want when they look to hire someone to help with their pets’ behavior problems? We’ll tell you what people want and how you can better meet those needs.

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