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"Should I teach my dog to "Speak" in order to stop his barking problems?"  -Loving Dog Owner Teaching your dog to "Speak" or bark on cue can be a fun trick but should not be used as a behavior modification technique for dogs with barking problems.  Some of... + read more
If you were to look up the terms "Classical and Operant Conditioning" online, you'd likely get a slew of scientific terminology that may or may not make sense to you. This blog will attempt to boil it all down into simple terms with examples that are easy to relate to. Classical... + read more
Effectively communicating from human being to human being continuously proves to be a tricky thing to accomplish. Think about how many misunderstandings take place between managers and employees, husbands and wives, parents and children, friends and friends on a daily basis. In this context, it is... + read more
It is not at all unusual for my dog training clients to call me with concerns regarding their dog's aggression around their food bowl. In many cases, dogs don't like people to get near their dog dish when eating and can get very possessive when people are too close to them at meal time.... + read more
Extinction is a behaviorist's term and has nothing to do with the disappearance of the dinosaurs. Simply put, extinction is the disappearance of a behavior through lack of reinforcement. One technique of solving certain types of behavior problems is to do nothing. Nothing?  Nothing! Many... + read more
As the saying goes, we don't get what we want, we get what we expect. With this thought-provoking idea swirling around, ask yourself, "what am I expecting from my life? What do I expect from my job, family, friends and, yes, my dog?" I've heard my dog training clients say such... + read more
Ask any dog trainer about any dog related subject and they're likely to agree on some points while disagreeing on others. That's perfectly normal and healthy in my opinion. The one topic I have yet to find any argument about within the dog training community is the importance of socializing... + read more
Imagine a complete stranger coming up to you and giving you a hug and then asking for directions. Unless you're at a party with many margaritas in your system, this "I love you man" moment won't be well received. But if a stranger comes up to you,asks for directions and... + read more
As we toss the last slice of unclaimed pumpkin pie into the trash and move into a new year full of fresh starts and new potential, I can't help but wonder how many of our typical resolutions can serve dual purposes that include our four-legged friends. According to a USA government survey,... + read more
The holidays bring with them a lot of new temptations for dogs. Should your dog decide to get into trouble with these seasonal and tempting items, the results can range from frustration to a trip to the animal hospital. On the "what dogs should avoid" list, we have chocolate, tree water... + read more


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