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Why Responsible Dog Owners Scoop Poop, It’s a Health Issue and MOAR!

October 17, 2014

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I came across this article Pick Up Your Dog’s Poo. It’s Important for Public Health! and it reminded me, this was covered here: Boarding, Kenneling, Dog Sitting Services: How does one choose the right service and what considerations should be evaluated? The following is an excerpt.   Why is disposing fecal matter so important? If fecal matter is not […]

Why Counseling Must Be Included During Any Dog Behavior Modification Process

October 16, 2014

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“Perils of Punishment: Psychologists do not know for sure why get-tough treatments are ineffective and potentially harmful, but the psychological literature holds several clues. First, researchers have long found that punishment-based strategies tend to be less effective than reward-based strategies for lasting behavioral change, in part because they teach people what not to do but […]

Anecdotal vs. scientific knowledge applied when dog training

September 7, 2014

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Additionally, I was reminded by Dr. Pilly’s training that discouraging using “no reward markers” was something I would never do. See my reasoning and interpretation of this here: Words! Good and Bad? Using No Reward Marker, It’s Your Choice!

More Dog Training Wizardry! No! Seven Minutes of a Beautiful View!

July 19, 2014

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This turned out AWESOME! Not just because my dog Boudicca is a star, but the view is AWESOME!!!

Six Minutes of Dog Training Wizardry!!

July 19, 2014

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This could not have been planned! But it turned out AWESOME! If only dog training was as easy as being a wizard and waving a magic wand! Nope, that's not really very realistic, we and our dogs have to live in reality and reality is, it takes a lot longer than a few weeks or months to raise happy well-adjusted and trained dogs. Come down off your cloud and get real, get the right help so that you too can have a dog like this. And without using punishments that leave marks visually and mentally on your dog/s.

Lack of play behavior in dogs may be indicator for lack of well-being!

June 12, 2014

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It’s not unusual for dog trainers to use a dog’s willingness to take treats, during training, as an indicator for lack of anxiety and/or fear. Given in the context of behavior modification, it’s often necessary to move reactive, fear and/or anxiety related dogs away from stimuli (targets) to reduce the reactivity cycle and facilitate the eating of treats. The premise is, when dogs actively take treats, during behavior modification, they are building new brain connections, using classical conditioning, that are more adaptive in those contexts, because dogs are learning (operant conditioning) to perform alternative behavior/s that are more desirable.

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