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6 Common Dog Training Errors

Some of my most popular posts are about common training errors. It seems that I have an infinite supply, and I’m willing to use myself as a naughty example. New errors keep popping into my consciousness (and my training) all the time. In this post I’m…
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Body Language Study: Fear and What Else?

I had my camera running at just the right time this week. I just love this clip of Summer interacting with…wildlife. Nobody got hurt. But I should add that it was rather foolish of me to allow this interaction at all. You never know what might be living…
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Pushing Back: What is the Opposition Reflex Really?

Thank you to Debbie Jacobs and Randi Rossman who made suggestions about this. All conclusions and any errors are my own.  Have you heard the term “opposition reflex” used in dog training? It’s used pretty often. But recently I got to wondering whether the…
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Introducing a Puppy and a Sound Sensitive Dog: Preparation Pays Off

Last month I posted to show how Marge Rogers introduced a friendly but possibly overenthusiastic dog to a very small puppy. But what if the challenge were a little different? What if your resident dog were both fearful of new dogs and sound…
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Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Print Book Released

I’ve reached another milestone in this process. My book is out in paperback! Remember Me? Loving and Caring for a Dog with Canine Cognitive Dysfunction,            by Eileen Anderson   Canine cognitive dysfunction is extremely under-diagnosed, and most of…
Eileen Anderson's book on canine cognitive dysfunction released in paperback!
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Yelling at My Dogs

The “yelling” question comes up regularly for positive reinforcement-based trainers. “Am I a bad person if I yell at my dogs?” “Is it positive punishment to yell at my dogs?” And the accusatory version, “Do you NEVER yell at your dogs? Of course you do!…
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We have had a problem getting our dog to come inside after being outside.  We do not have a fence so it is important she comes when called.  Yesterday we finally got her in but did yell at her and then I tethered her to a chair for an hour.  She completely shut down, even weaving when she walked - almost like a stroke.  Today she is fine but the shut down was very scary.  The parent needs more training.
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The "Choice" Challenge

Thanks to Debbie Jacobs and Randi Rossman for their input on this topic. Any weird conclusions are mine alone. I have come to believe that most of us who thought we were using “choice” as a reinforcer were mistaken. Wait! Before you come running after me…
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A Gift from My Mother and the Pillbugs

My mother had Alzheimer’s. She passed away in 2012. I was a loved and indulged child and my mother and I were very close. I had the usual adolescent fallings out, and a rather less usual falling out when I was an adult, and I didn’t see her for many…
A gift from my mother that meant more than she ever knew.
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Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever? But We Live in NJ!

Guest post by Kate LaSala, CTC It’s the start of tick season here in the Northeast and I’ve been reflecting on last year’s tick season and how we almost lost our sweet BooBoo. So in the interest of raising awareness and saving lives, I share with you our…
Kate LaSala, CTC, tells of her dog's scary bout with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
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Silence is...Scary?

Trigger warning: animal experimentation (mice). This post is not directly about dogs, but it’s about something we see happening in the dog world very frequently. That is the misunderstanding and misapplication of research results. This particular example…
When is silence not a calm state and why do we care?
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Introducing a Puppy and an Adult Dog: Take it Slow

Remember “Lessons for My Puppy,” my collaboration with Marge Rogers? She made some videos that I loved so much that I wrote blog posts to go with them. Marge is still out there working with dogs and making great videos, and I’m featuring another one…
Introducing a young, exuberant dog and a young puppy. How one trainer went about it and kept everybody safe and happy.
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I decided a while back to teach my dogs to cross their paws as a trick. I followed the instructions on one of Emily Larlham’s excellent videos: Dog Tricks Tutorial: Cross Your Paws. But I didn’t end up making the neat, quick progression shown in the movie…
Bloopers are cute--but why did the wrong behaviors stick around so long?
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Passionate, committed, amateur dog trainer. I use the Humane Hierarchy to make decisions about training methods.
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I'm from California originally and have made a wonderful life in the mid southern United States. Interests are dog training, teaching and learning, and making technology accessible for lay people. 
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