BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE — FOR 110 YEARS?

Edward Lee Thorndike showed that behavior is modified by its consequences and in 1905, he published his Law of Effect, basically stating: Any behavior followed by pleasant consequences will increase...

Why Don’t We Adequately Socialize Young Puppies With People?

Dogs may be taught manners and basic obedience at anytime in their lives. However, training puppies is just so much fun and so, why wait? Similarly, behavior problems may be resolved at any time in a...

5.08 Over the Top Dog Aggression

Shirley in New Jersey has a problem with her dog being reactive when off-leash, jumping her fence and chasing down bikers and joggers. She’s tried setting up training scenarios, but the dog...

5.06 Parvovirus vs. Insufficient Socialization

Many veterinarians are sufficiently concerned about the risk posed by canine parvovirus that they advise dog owners to keep their puppies at home until their vaccinations are complete. This poses some...

5.05 What is Socialization?

 

Ian’s been reading up on socialization research and he has some fresh thoughts to share. But first, what is socialization, what do we mean when we say it? Is there another word that might be

Choosing Your Puppy


Choosing a puppy is a very important decision, and everyone who lives in the household should agree before any puppy is brought into the home. If the puppy is to truly become a member of the family,...

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5.05 What is Socialization?

Ian’s been reading up on socialization research and he has some fresh thoughts to share. But first, what is socialization, what do we mean when we say it? Is there another word that might be better suited to what we want to talk about? What is socialization on a scientific, biological, structural, neurological level? Research shows a lack of sufficient socialization in young social animals leads to permanent and physical brain damage. So please, socialize that puppy!

 
iWoofs Seas:  Season 5

5 Ways My Puppy Reminds Me Of a Toddler.

Anthropomorphising animals isn’t a good idea and usually gets us into all kinds of trouble. Dogs are not furry babies. They are their own species, with a totally different set of day to day priorities & communication signals. However spending time with nieces, nephews and god-children over the years, I’m amazed that the toddler stage in kids has so many similarities with puppy development. Both in terms of how puppies explore the world and how we deal with the frustrations such interaction may bring, puppies and toddlers aren’t all that different at all. 

Walking anywhere takes forever!

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5.04 It Came from the Internet

When it comes to dogs, people say and do a lot of silly things. Sometimes they record those things and publish them on the internet. Today we're looking at just two examples of this sort of behavior. First is a Facebook post by Sarah Palin where she celebrates her son for stepping on their dog as an illustration of persistence and problem solving. The second is a video on YouTube of a man being very irresponsible around a baby and a Rottweiler. Just because you see it on the internet, doesn't mean it's a good idea!

 
iWoofs Seas:  Season 5

Boom Boom Puppy Power

This video shows some training I did with a young puppy as she would back away and show behaviours associated with feeling uncomfortable around her collar. In a short training period you will see how giving her choice, control and predicability builds and empowered learner who is a willing participant.

 

Dog Training Ideas: Veterinary and care giving behaviours

Ideas on teaching behaviour to make taking care of the dogs under our care less stressful and easier on them. Contact you local dog trainer and ask them to show you how you can work on appropiate and fun training ideas for your dog. 

 

Teaching "Food Manners"

This video is an introduction to teaching dogs both puppies and adults which behaviours are likely to payoff in the presence of food and which behaviours do not. 

 

My Dog, The Adrenalin Junkie

We’ve all met people who can’t relax. People who have to be active, who need to be doing something all of the time. We’ve known folk who crave excitement, extreme sports. They bungee jump on Saturday, parachute from a plane on Sunday and take a holiday rock climbing a difficult cliff face as a challenge. These types of people could be described as adrenalin junkies. 

Adrenalin is a chemical which rushes through our body when we’re excited, stressed or anxious. Adrenalin can make us feel good-that burn you get from a work out, or a run in the fresh air. So good in fact, that we can become

The P.A.W. System for overcoming any dog behavior problem

Perception, Action, and the Will. It occurred to me that these three disciplines could be easily adapted into a system for methodically overcoming any dog behavior obstacle (replacing the term “behavior problem” which I believe has more negative baggage). It also occurred to me that despite my long-standing distaste for overused dog clichés, I had no choice but to name the system “P.A.W.”

The Importance of “Paying it Forward” – Mentoring New Trainers

Out of the blue one day I was contacted by a professional dog training company to see if I was willing to become a “mentor trainer” for them. I have to admit, at first I did not jump at the opportunity.  My first thought was, “Why would I want to do that? Why would I want to share what I know with someone else just so they can compete with me?” I let those thoughts roll around in my head for a while, but something about them didn’t feel right.  After all, where would most of us be without the intellectual generosity of Dr. Ian Dunbar, Kathy Sdao, Jean Donaldson, Pat Miller, Karen Pryor,

Mack enjoys an All American Pastime. Bully sticks and baseball!

Har-Vest as a Training Aid: Recipe for Success

Take one unruly, strong willed English Bulldog, fit him with a Har-Vest, sprinkle in some small but savory treats, guide with clicker training and a dash or two of The Six Pillars of Dog Training Wisdom and *poof*, within a few hours we have a focused, eager to please, easy to train and cooperative (not to mentioned adorable) English Bulldog, despite efforts of his “brother” to distract him! (see video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1r-okrWj4o&feature=youtu.be

The day after this session, owner reported success in taking Mack to her son’s baseball game and having him be well mannered...

 

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