Articles: dog behavior

Fireworks and Dogs

Not all dogs are patriotic. If your dog’s anxiety about fireworks is mild to moderate, one option is to simply close the windows, pump up some music and confine the pup  to a hiding place or a room as far from the big bangs as possible, such as the basement. Try distracting the dog with…

Blog Paws 2012

Who knew? A conference of pet bloggers, called Blog Paws 2012, held in Salt Lake City, June 21 to 23. Hundreds of pet bloggers and many others in the pet industry attended. The pet friendly Conference included an educational program, and entertainment. This year’s key note talks were from Betsy Saul, co-founder of Petfinder.com telling…

Cesar Millan's Dutch Response: Piep You, Steve Dale

I know I’ve been outspoken and publicly critical of Cesar Millan’s training methods (of course, I’m not alone). One example is here…..Still, there are many topics where I agree with Millan. As one example, I admire his support to elevate the status of Pit Bull type dogs. No matter, I believe I am civil and…

Your Dog Behavior Questions for 'Love Has No Age Limit' Co-Author, Patricia McConnell

Certified applied animal behaviorist Patricia McConnell answers selected reader questions this week. McConnell has written some of my favorite books about dogs, including “The Other End of the Leash” and “For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend.” Her most recent effort (with Karen London) is “Love Has No…

Pit Bull Shot by Chicago Off Duty Police Officer

These sorts of stories are difficult for me to post. I wasn’t there – I don’t know  what happened. It does seem like police officers – off duty or not – who are carrying a weapon might sometimes shoot first and ask questions later. Overall, I appreciate police officers, and don’t mean to make a…

The Hottest Dog Book Makes Good Sense

The hottest dog book is paws down John Bradshaw’s Dog Sense: Dog Sense: How The New Science of Dog Behavior Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet.  My friend at WGN Radio, Bill Moller sent this along from an NPR interview. Bradshaw’s comments are a huge breath of Fresh Air!!! Bradshaw relies on…

IAABC Conference, Behavior Consultant Meeting

WARWICK, R.I. — The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants 2011 Conference April 1-3 was attended by over 300 dog, cat, parrot and horse behavior consultants. One headline from the event emerged from a speech by veterinary behaviorist Dr. Nicholas Dodman, director of the Behavior Clinic at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, North Grafton,…

Behavior Tool Kit: How to Teach New Behavior

Behavior Took Kit by James Fitzler and Susan Friedman. A flow-chart which describes how animals learn. “Teaching new behaviors isn’t rocket science, it’s behavior science!” (thanks for KPI trainer, and Facebook fan Laura Monaco Torelli for the this post)

Oh Behave! (Highlights of 2011 IAABC Conference)

Here are some photo snippets from the 2011 International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants Conference, April 1 through 3 in Warwick, RI. 

Happy or Angry, Is This Dog Smiling?

In this case, I believe by accident or on purpose the dog was trained to smile with reinforcement (owner’s attentions). Some might be concerned that the dog is angry. This is not an angry dog. 

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