Dog Science Comes To New York!

The Horowitz Dog Cognition Lab at Barnard is up and running, and they are looking for dog and owner participants! In my opinion this is exactly the kind of scientific study of of dog behavior that we desperately need more of, to generate greater consensus on how to raise happy and balanced pet dogs. Here’s […]

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Reward-Based Positive Reinforcement Dog Training

What’s Right, And What’s Wrong, With Reward-Based “Positive” Dog Training Right:dogs are motivated by reward, positive reinforcement.Who isn’t?I say almost my entire methodology is “looking for opportunities to reward.” Wrong:“Rewards” as pure distraction (doesn’t treat; at best only postpones)At worst reinforces (what works is what you’ll get more of!)Need correction, startle, redirection, to stop bad […]

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"Will Sit For Food"

"Will Sit For Food"

One of the easiest ways to train your dog is at feeding time. Yet I can’t tell you how often I hear from owners of hyper, disobedient pups:  “But I DO make my dog sit before he gets his food!“ Here are three key tips on making the most out of your mealtime obedience ritual: […]

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Speech! (On Training)

Speech! (On Training)

Turtle kept stealing toys off the table. Over the weekend I had the opportunity to give a talk about dog training at a wonderful dog-centric lakeside barbecue hosted by Brooklyn Bark.  I was joined by pet photographer James Morrissey who gave a talk on how to take good pics of your pup, and an NYPD canine officer Matt Notaro showing […]

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Should You Or Your Dog Go Through A Door First?

Should You Or Your Dog Go Through A Door First?

“Never let your dog go through a doorway before you.” If you’ve ever raised or trained a dog, you might have heard this idea. It has floated around in various forms for a long time, but has been vocalized most famously over the past several years by Cesar Millan, “The Dog Whisperer”. I was recently reading […]

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Dog-Powered Scooters

Dog-Powered Scooters

Awhile ago I posted about tricks and tips on biking with your dog. I just learned about a way to make it a lot easier:  dog-powered scooters! Here’s a video: (Here’s the YouTube link.) No, I’m not getting paid by this guy. (And from my understanding of how his idea has been stolen without compensation, I […]

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Honesty

Dogs are honest. They never pretend they like another dog when they don’t. And they never approach another dog hoping or expecting to like them – or not like them. They approach, feel, and react. If they are suspicious, they show it, and stay away.  If they feel threatened, they growl.

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That’s Phat

That’s Phat

Walking dogs all day is supposed to be good exercise, right? Then why have I suddenly gained 65 lbs? Or maybe I’m pregnant? Sorry Grandma. It just looks that way because the backpack I carry around all my dog-training gear in only fits under my raincoat when I wear it on my front. (And it […]

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Counterintuitive therapy

not like pulling off band-aid:  Dyna martingale collar not like feeding a hungry cranky kid:  leashing up Marlboro Not intuition – thinking like a dog

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