Category Archives: Dog Body Language

Barking at Doorbell

Doorbell reactivity is a topic that has come up frequently.  Unfortunately, by the time an owner seeks a solution, the behavior has been ingrained and automatic. I recently came across a wonderful explanation of what to try by Kaye Hargreaves, owner of Wagging School in Melbourne, Australia: Firstly, there is conditioned response to the doorbell. […]

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Your Pesky Dog

Some dog owners don’t mind if everytime they sit down to watch TV, eat, read, etc., that their dog leaps up into their lap. However, the rest of the world (typically those with larger dogs), complain that their dogs are pushy and in their faces and are generally making nuisances of themselves.

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What Training is Not…

Training a dog is not magic. In our minds we picture a trained dog is one that meets our every wish of the perfect pet. As I’ve said over and over, we have to teach the dog our signals and then be consistent.

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Working with a Service/Therapy Dog

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Involved dog owners these days are frequently working with their dogs to serve others.  Many people have a service dog of their own for various disabilities and others may be in training with their pets to be helpful in the areas of therapy at hospitals or care centers.  

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Building Your Dog’s Confidence

Did you ever hear the saying…”if you want to feel good about yourself, then do something hard”???? That would apply to dogs as well. Many dogs are just unsure by nature, or it could be a learned behavior. You can read so much by studying a dog’s body language.

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When Your Dog Is Dragging You Down The Street

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The question often arises on how to walk your dog without it being a constant struggle and virtual “tug of war”. The first step is to practice getting your dog’s attention.

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Kuma, the Fearful/Aggressive Dog Begins to Trust

In my blog titled Approaching the Anxious/Nervous Dog, I laid out some do’s and don’ts concerning the human’s approach to such a dog.

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Slow & Easy With the Fearful/Aggressive Dog

As a trainer, when you are confronted with a dog that is snarling and snapping, you are continuously reading the dog’s body language in an effort to see if you can get the dog to begin trusting you.

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Brigitta Works on Her Down Stay

As I have written before, the “down” exercise is often very difficult for an anxious. It is a vulnerable position and can make the dog feel uneasy. It is very important in a case like this to help the dog to feel comfortable.

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Teaching Children How To Approach Dogs

Children need to be instructed in exactly how to behave around strange dogs they encounter and even the familiar family pet. I have discussed in my previous blog not to come up to a dog looking them in the eye with an extended arm.

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