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Does Walking Your Dog Up to Something Scary “Cure” Their Fear?

DOES WALKING YOUR DOG UP TO SOMETHING SCARY “CURE” THEIR FEAR?

Animal statues can be pretty scary for dogs Will walking your dog up to something scary make their fear go away? Possibly, if your...

6 Ways to Prepare Your Dog for Fireworks Starting TODAY

6 WAYS TO PREPARE YOUR DOG FOR FIREWORKS STARTING TODAY

Is your dog scared of fireworks? Don't wait until the holiday hits, be it Canada Day or US Independence Day. You can make a plan and...

 
 
 
If Your Dog Is Afraid of Fireworks, See Your Vet Now

IF YOUR DOG IS AFRAID OF FIREWORKS, SEE YOUR VET NOW

What are we here for this time? Every year I post an article about last-minute things you can do to help your dog who is afraid of...

Trump's Ellis Island Award for Being a “Developer” of German Descent

TRUMP'S ELLIS ISLAND AWARD FOR BEING A “DEVELOPER” OF GERMAN DESCENT

This is not the actual medal, but does present the truth about the reason for Trump's award In 1986, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor...

 
 
 
Response Latency in Dog Training: What's Your Dog Telling You?

RESPONSE LATENCY IN DOG TRAINING: WHAT'S YOUR DOG TELLING YOU?

This is during a period of high response latency What happens when you ask your dog to do something they don't care for? We are not...

Space Invaders: How Humans Pressure Dogs & Other Animals

SPACE INVADERS: HOW HUMANS PRESSURE DOGS & OTHER ANIMALS

Let's say you are standing at a party, or in your office, or on your front lawn. Someone you vaguely know walks up to you. He walks...

 
 
 

ARE DOGS EVER IRRITATED BY SIGHTS, SOUNDS, OR SMELLS?

That's a serious question on my part, not clickbait. I don't know the answer. And I'm not talking about fear; I'm talking about being...

Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy-A Review

WAG: THE SCIENCE OF MAKING YOUR DOG HAPPY-A REVIEW

I don't know how she did it. How could anyone write a book so comprehensive, so authoritative, and so readable all at once? I was privileged...

 
 
 
Lower the Pressure! Adapting Play for a Sensitive Dog

LOWER THE PRESSURE! ADAPTING PLAY FOR A SENSITIVE DOG

Zani has always loved those toy snakes Play between a human and a canine is a magical thing. I've always loved to play with my dogs,...

What To Do When People Approach Your Reactive Dog

WHAT TO DO WHEN PEOPLE APPROACH YOUR REACTIVE DOG

TL:DR: There is no law that states that you have to interact with them in any way. Leave before they get started if you can. It is...

 
 
 
Regression to the Mean: Why Our Dogs' Supplements Often Aren't Working as Well as We Think

REGRESSION TO THE MEAN: WHY OUR DOGS' SUPPLEMENTS OFTEN AREN'T WORKING AS WELL AS WE THINK

Last year I had a minor medical problem, more of a bother, really. It's one for which a few supplements have been shown to help. My...

6 Ways to Prepare for the Bangs and Booms Starting NOW

6 WAYS TO PREPARE FOR THE BANGS AND BOOMS STARTING NOW

Is your dog scared of fireworks? Don't wait until the holiday hits. Even with just a couple days' lead time, you can make a plan and...

 
 
 
IAABC Writing Mentorships With Eileen Anderson: 2020

IAABC WRITING MENTORSHIPS WITH EILEEN ANDERSON: 2020

Are you stymied about how to start a blog? Stuck three-quarters of the way through writing a memoir? Wanting to get a more consistent...

Placebos for Pets? A Book Review

PLACEBOS FOR PETS? A BOOK REVIEW

Dr. Brennen McKenzie released his blockbuster on alternative veterinary medicine on November 1, 2019. Placebos for Pets? The Truth...

 
 
 
Desensitization of Disgust

DESENSITIZATION OF DISGUST

Two versions of a “disgust” response. See note in the photo credits about the non-universality of emotions and how they are portrayed. Disgust...

Replacing a Poisoned Cue

REPLACING A POISONED CUE

“STAY!” Originally published in December 2012; expanded and revised for 2019. The video in this post was featured at Tate Behavioral's...

 
 
 
Why “Red Zone Dogs” Need Positive Reinforcement Training

WHY “RED ZONE DOGS” NEED POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT TRAINING

Aggressive, dangerous dogs should be trained with positive reinforcement, desensitization, and counterconditioning. Here's why. Training...

Evidence-Based Practice

EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE

Two years ago, I started having a neck problem that required physical therapy. My doctor sent me to a practice owned by one of his...

 
 
 
How I TRAINED My Dog to Take a Pill

HOW I TRAINED MY DOG TO TAKE A PILL

Most of us have used the “hide it” method at one time or another to get our dogs to take pills. In fact, I wrote a whole post about...

How to Soundproof a Dog Crate

HOW TO SOUNDPROOF A DOG CRATE

You can't. It's almost impossible for the average person to soundproof a dog crate against low-frequency noises like thunder, or even...

 
 
 



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Does Walking Your Dog Up to Something Scary “Cure” Their Fear?

Does Walking Your Dog Up to Something Scary “Cure” Their Fear?

Animal statues can be pretty scary for dogs Will walking your dog up to something scary make their fear go away? Possibly, if your dog is not very scared in the first place... Read more ...

Digestive Problems in Dogs and How to Treat Them

Digestive Problems in Dogs and How to Treat Them

By Sarah Wallace, DVM Feeding a dog seems simple on the surface: We buy food, we put the food in the bowl, and the dog eats the food. The next day, anything that is not broken... Read more ...

Dog Rescued From House Fire Is Now A Hero To Many

Dog Rescued From House Fire Is Now A Hero To Many

Four years ago, Aya was a 2-month-old puppy who thought her life was over. She was trapped in a burning home. Firefighters spotted her wagging tail under a pile of clothes and... Read more ...

Science Shows Dogs Really Can Sense If A Person Is Untrustworthy

Science Shows Dogs Really Can Sense If A Person Is Untrustworthy

Have you ever noticed that dogs seem to have a sixth sense about certain people? They can tell right away if a person is a “dog person” and trustworthy. They also seem to be... Read more ...

10 Fun Things to Do With Your Dog This Summer

10 Fun Things to Do With Your Dog This Summer

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Desiderata Rescue Sent Sick Puppies and Kittens to Washington

Desiderata Rescue Sent Sick Puppies and Kittens to Washington

Share This! Puppy, Kitten from Recent Transports Died Desiderata Rescue is illegally sending sick puppies and kittens from Texas and Oklahoma to Washington. At least one puppy... Read more ...

How to maintain the health and fitness of your Rottweiler - 11 easily...

How to maintain the health and fitness of your Rottweiler - 11 easily executable ways 

Rottweilers are highly intelligent breeds of the dogs, which is the reason it can be very tricky to own them. This dog breed is so sensitive, yet they can give their owners... Read more ...

Dog Abandoned After 10 Years For “Not Learning To Be Good”

Dog Abandoned After 10 Years For “Not Learning To Be Good”

If someone is unable to care for a dog, the right thing to do is surrender them in person and tell the shelter why. But unfortunately, many people choose not to do this, which... Read more ...

Want To Raise Your Kids Right? Study Says, Get A Dog!

Want To Raise Your Kids Right? Study Says, Get A Dog!

Parents are always eager to find new ways to ensure that their children become well-behaved adults. New research shows that one of the best ways to contribute to a child's... Read more ...

Lake Algae Toxic To Dogs May Be Forming In Maine

Lake Algae Toxic To Dogs May Be Forming In Maine

As we progress through July, we've hit peak beach season. Since many pups love swimming, we tend to take them with us when we visit the lake or ocean. Why not let them splash... Read more ...