Just Say “No” to On-Leash Greetings

Just Say “No” to On-Leash Greetings Dogs can be best friends off-leash and suddenly turn to enemies when the leashes are put on. Barking, lunging, and even fights ensue.  The same can happen when there is a door or fence between dogs. Believe it or not, this is extremely common. The leash (or even fence) adds tension, changes the dogs’…

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Dogs Aren’t Machines. Apart From Missing Mechanical Components, Here’s Why.

Dogs Aren’t Machines. Apart From Missing Mechanical Components, Here’s Why. Comparing the Two Let’s start by considering a car. A finely tuned machine made up of hundreds of parts. Each part, and the final whole, needing to pass rigorous inspections. When I shift into reverse, I expect my car to start rolling backward as I hit the gas. Even as…

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Changing the Stigma of Muzzles

Changing the Stigma of Muzzles Why dogs wear them and what owners want you to understand. As a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, I regularly work with clients whose dogs have acted aggressively towards, or severely bit, a person or another animal. Some of the animals have even died as a result of their injuries.  While it is at first hard…

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What is Clicker Training?

If you have attended a group class or private lesson with your dog, you might have heard of clicker training.  A clicker is a small device that fits in the palm of your hand and emits an audible sound. Once trained to the clicker, it allows a slight time gap between when the dog performs the desired behavior and when…

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