The Failure Of Treat-Focused, “Purely Positive” Dog Training


So-called "purely positive" training is a huge new fad. It means you only reward your dog's good behavior; you never correct the bad. Most purely positive trainers are what I call "treat-focused", [...]

The Failure Of Treat-Focused, “Purely Positive” Dog Training2017-03-14T00:03:43+07:00

“Don’ts” When Training Recall (“Come!”)


In my last post I explained why what I call "Leading" is a more helpful obedience ritual to have mastered than recall ("Come") when taking your dog offleash. Still, "Come" can be [...]

“Don’ts” When Training Recall (“Come!”)2017-03-14T00:05:02+07:00

Why Is My Dog Racist?


It's a phenomenon that people try to sweep under the rug, laugh off, or simply pretend isn't happening; then it gets whispered about in embarrassed tones afterward.  Namely: your dog gets along [...]

Why Is My Dog Racist?2013-08-11T18:53:15+07:00

Fight or Flight? Neither Please!


This past few weeks I've had several experiences involving the combination of dogs and fear. Most of those experiences have involved fearful dogs ...   ... and some have involved fear OF [...]

Fight or Flight? Neither Please!2013-08-11T18:53:15+07:00

Are Fearful Fido’s Faculties Fatigued?


The New York Times recently published a fascinating article on a phenomenon called "decision fatigue". Scientific studies repeatedly back up the fairly commonsensical idea that being forced to make decisions - in [...]

Are Fearful Fido’s Faculties Fatigued?2013-08-11T18:53:15+07:00

Giving Thanks For Your Inner Dog


Over thanksgiving with lots of young'ns and furry'ns running about - the former creating messes in the kitchen, the latter lapping them up - I found myself pondering the two most thankful [...]

Giving Thanks For Your Inner Dog2013-08-11T18:53:15+07:00

Leash Laws: A Better Version!


"All Dogs Must Be Kept On Leash" Most towns in the U.S. have "leash laws", restricting the places and times that dogs and other pets can be off-leash in public areas such [...]

Leash Laws: A Better Version!2013-08-11T18:53:15+07:00

Revenge Peeing: Fact Or Fiction?


I've heard this a lot recently: My dog pees/poos in the house just to get back at me! He knows he's supposed to do it outside. He knows I hate it. He [...]

Revenge Peeing: Fact Or Fiction?2017-04-01T22:00:53+07:00