We Will Never Stop Headlines Like That, Until We Stop Photos Like This!

There have been a spate of tragic & nightmarish stories in the media recently involving small children & dogs. Here is just one of the latest stories. Incidences of aggression towards kids,

Housebreaking Tips: Does rubbing a dog's nose in it's mess teach a dog where to eliminate?

I received a question today from one of my Udemy SIRIUS® Academy students: “What do you say when a client tells you, in regards to puppy housebreaking, "Well I rubbed my dog's nose in his poop and he...

Puppy Classes And Canine Parvovirus

I have just read a paper in the March/April issue of the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association describing a study that concluded, puppies vaccinated at least once prior to starting puppy...

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,...

5.01 Puppy Husbandry Practices

 

In this episode we continue our puppy training  theme by talking about proper puppy husbandry procedures.  What exercises can you do with a puppy to prepare them for being groomed and treated by...

10 Tips For Current and Future Puppy Owners That Want to Train the Perfect Dog

For a limited time you can use the promo code "10tips" to save 50% on Dr. Ian Dunbar's comprehensive Online Course How To Train a Puppy
General Dog Training Tips 1. Choose Wisely When

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Housebreaking A Puppy

Housebreaking Tips: Does rubbing a dog's nose in it's mess teach a dog where to eliminate?

I received a question today from one of my Udemy SIRIUS® Academy students: “What do you say when a client tells you, in regards to puppy housebreaking, "Well I rubbed my dog's nose in his poop and he knew he was wrong and he never pooped in the house again."

Well, let's start with what we know. We know the client rubbed the dog's nose in the poop and if we believe the client, (which, by the way, I don't), the dog never had a housebreaking accident again. However, we don’t know that the dog "knew he was wrong". (We don't even know what our spouse, another human being, is thinking and so,...

Getting Ready for the Vets

The power of positive reinforcement training along side empowering your learner and giving them choice and control. Love my monkey boy:)

 

Party with Premack!

One of my clients recently adopted a sweet, 70 pound, two-year-old mixed-breed from the shelter named Nicky, and I’m thrilled to be working with her. We don’t know much about her past other than that she has clearly had a litter of puppies, but she is delighted to be in her forever home with her Beagle pal Koby. After a nasty initial bout with Kennel Cough and intestinal parasites, Nicky got back on her paws and was ready for some training. We mastered basic skills inside her home and conquered problem barking and moderate separation anxiety. She did well with her “Watch” focus

Leash Reactivity Counter Conditioning Behavior Modification Memory Learning Cognition

Leash Reactivity Cognition and Memory

There is a corresponding video for this blog on You Tube at this link

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iyjdBKYRGY&feature=c4-overview&list=UUKQ...

In November of 2012, I asked myself one simple question: “Why do dogs react, orient and attend to the environment in the ways they do?”

I knew enough to understand amygdala functions are to largely signal the safe, unsafe neutral.  This aspect of a dog’s cognitive processes is the central focus of their need to survive events as they occur.  However, that was not enough to fully illustrate why dogs react as a matter of survival or as a part...

The Universe Verse on Kickstarter.com

Jamie's amazing Universe Verse Book - Get it now for free!

I love science, especially the behavioral sciences. That’s why I couldn’t be happier to announce that my baby boy, Jamie, has finished his epic ode to science, a project he’s been working on for over 7 years! 

Of course Jamie is the James in James & Kenneth and along with Kelly and I, he is an integral part in keeping Dog Star Daily, James & Kenneth Publishers & SIRIUS Puppy Training all running smoothly.  On top of his many roles and responsibilities working with us in the doggy world he’s found time to moonlight as a educational comic book author and illustrator.

The project he...

Post BSL – Creating Safe Havens

The White House released a statement in regards to Breed Specific Legislation on August 23rd 2013 that summed it up by saying it was a “bad idea”. They primarily took the stance that the CDC has taken and that is a very good and logical stance to take. 

This statement by the White House has lent huge support towards the collective efforts of everyone that has been working to rid the planet of BSL. Even though the White House position statement is in spirit at this stage, it is still a very good source to draw upon in future discussions when confronted with anti dog legislation aimed at certain...

Ouch! Lead Work

A quick video tip for caregivers who find that their puppy bites or mouths them when they clip the lead on or off.

See video tip: http://youtu.be/nsnLZSNLZM0

Casual Dog Training

I am not a clicker trainer, nor do I always use a verbal behavior marker.  Most of the time, when a dog does what I’d like the dog to do, I simply give the dog a reward.  It may be a treat, a toy or access to something the dog wants like going outside or getting a good tummy rub.  

I rarely set up formal training sessions with dogs.  Since I’m teaching every day manners to dogs, I prefer on the job training.  When dogs are present, regardless of what I’m doing, I’m also aware of what they are doing.  I generally have three choices in response to their behavior at  the moment.

 

Reward it

 

‘I Want, I Want’ or ‘Please May I?’

You’ve waited for the arrival date for ages. You’ve bought toys, squishy beds, puppy food & a cute leash & collar set. When your bundle of fur arrives, you could never imagine it would ever cause you stress or hassle. No-one ever starts off with a puppy thinking ‘one day, my dog will suffer from a debilitating condition, which will limit our enjoyment of him & affect our whole family in the extreme’. The diagnosis is that increasingly far too many dogs I work with suffer from a chronic lack of self-control.

The first phone call for help usually includes phrases such as ‘demands

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Holding back - the intelligent art of tolerance in dogs

Chatting with a client during a behaviour session recently, I was moved to comment. They stated that their dog was extremely large and that they were afraid. The dog had grabbed at visitors' trouser legs on two occasions and on another, had nipped someone's ankles as they retreated from the room. The family lead a very busy but gentle life with callers at all hours and times, and this dog was described as a nervous puppy, right from the outset. Always hiding, or going to her crate when people arrived. Despite their socialisation and training attempts, this pup remained wary and shy. Only

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