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

June 12, 2014


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.

Dogs need more freedom? Responsible or Irresponsible thinking?

May 22, 2014


  Chess helps you to concentrate, improve your logic. It teaches you to play by the rules and take responsibility for your actions, how to problem solve in an uncertain environment. Garry Kasparov This morning i found myself pondering the idea that dogs need more freedom! This was after, in part, micromanaging Boudicca (Jack Russell), while […]

Historical difference between behaviorism and ethology

October 8, 2013


Let’s examine this issue for what it is! I could be wrong, but wasn’t or isn’t the rift between those coming from strict behaviorism backgrounds vs those coming from ethological, biological type backgrounds specializing in actually studying animals in their natural habitats more about the fact that behaviorists, meaning those who followed Skinner were not […]

Greeting dogs, how and what are we teaching them?

April 12, 2013


How many people have the opportunity to go into an owners home for the purposes of working with [training], taking a dog/s out or attending to [pet sitting for example] when the owner/s are not home?  I’m asking this question because I’m interested in how the dogs generally greet you.  And how do you generally […]

Using Bells to Indicate Need to Go Outside to Eliminate!

February 23, 2013


Thought! Using Bells to Indicate Need to Go Outside to Eliminate! The idea seems simple and easy, but definitely has potential fallout. The bells don’t ALWAYS get paired with JUST elimination! Once i know i’ve met my dogs needs, for activity, play and/or training, it’s time for me to work. Dogs who haven’t yet learned […]

The Evolution and Domestication of Dogs

February 7, 2013


The Evolution and Domestication of the Dog It is not hard to understand how many ways dog’s companionship serves human needs today. Dogs, resulting from domestication enjoy a truly unique status as companion animals. No other domestic animal enjoys the comfort and companionship given the dog. However, understanding how dogs achieved such unique status one […]