5 Tips When Bringing Home Your New Dog 

 5 Tips When Bringing Home Your New Dog    Your first dog home is an exciting and memorable time for every pet owner.  Meeting your new best friend, teaching them, playing with them, and watching their personality change as they grow are some of the most rewarding experiences a person can have.  In hindsight, however, the process always seems much easier than it was.  In order to have the smoothest transition from a no-pet house, […]

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The Importance of Puppy Socialization

 The Importance of Puppy Socialization    The most common training problems in adult dogs are, surprisingly, the result of poor socialization during their puppy months.  Dogs that show aggression to other dogs, are afraid of wet grass, and those who don’t like nail clipping or baths, are all behaviors that could have been prevented with socialization. The question is, though, what is socialization, how can it prevent all these behaviors, and what is the best

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The Use of Meta-Communication in Dog Play | Metacommunications

 Dogs at Play Are Hard at Work    You hear it all the time; socialize a new puppy to have a well-adjusted dog.  But, what does that mean?  Will puppies who grow up in social isolation turn into gremlins, or just the canine equivalent of teenagers who never leave the basement?  Dog trainers tell owners to socialize their animals, but many people also need to understand what to look for during socialization, and how it

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Barking: Different Vocalization in Dogs

 Barking: Different Vocalization in Dogs    Many first-time dog-owners are amazed at the range and expressiveness of dogs’ barks, growls and whimpers.  Neighbors of dog-owners are even more amazed at the volume of dog vocalizations.  With all dog noises, the most common question asked is; “What is that dog saying?”  The truth is that, while dogs are very good at picking up on human cues, humans have been quite slow at picking up dog language. 

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Can There Be Better Communication with Calming Signals?

 Can There Be Better Communication with Calming Signals?    On a beautiful sunny day, you take your dog to the local dog park.  Taking her off the leash once you close the gate, she immediately takes off.  She comes to a complete stop when catching sight of another dog and approaches slowly, coming at an angle.  The other dog stops and sniffs the ground and sneezes twice.  Your dog finally reaches the other dog and

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Avoidance Behaviors

 Avoidance Behaviors    Avoidance Behaviors: There are often clear signs that your dog is upset and wants no part of the people or situation that he is currently in. If your dog is displaying any of these behaviors, allow him to retreat to a safe place. If you are around someone else’s dog and he’s displaying these behaviors, you and/or your children must do the retreating. A dog who displays avoidance behaviors may feel cornered

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Aversive Training Can Cause Fallout

 Aversive Training Can Cause Fallout  We all want our dogs to listen to our cues and behave accordingly, and there are many different ways to condition your dog’s behavior to your liking. For years people have used negative reinforcement as a primary training method. Also known as, aversive training, this is when punishment is used to eliminate undesired behaviors from the dog. While it is effective in ways and will seem to work quickly at

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Antecedent Arrangements & Your Dog

Antecedent Arrangements The idea behind antecedent arrangements can make unwanted behaviors more difficult or even impossible for your dog while making wanted behaviors easier.  There are a few different steps you can take to alter your dogs’ behavior to better fit what you expect in a canine companion. You can train alternative behaviors that your dog can perform instead of any unwanted behaviors, change the environment to prevent unwanted behavior and motivate them for reliable

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 Displacement Behavior in Dogs

 Displacement Behavior in Dogs    Displacement Behaviors: Often times our dogs will display a seemingly ordinary behavior but at a possibly unusual time. We call these behaviors displacement behaviors. Essentially, the dog wants to do something but he is holding back. He will displace the behavior that he is holding back on and instead display another behavior. Ordinarily, there is a sense or anxiety and/or the dog is in a situation of uncertainty. The displacement

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