Category Archives: Tone of Voice

Training Your Dog to Come When Called

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I often hear the complaint that a dog doesn’t come when off the lead. The familiar story often goes like this: “He comes just fine in the house, especially if I have a treat, but outdoors he completely ignores me as if I weren’t there.”  

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Small Dogs & Marking In The House

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We recently received a question from a gentleman who owns three adult Chihuahua’s, two males and one female. He complained that the males mark on every vertical object in the house including the walls.

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Is Your Dog Barking For Your Attention?

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In my experience, I have found this behavior to present itself most often in retriever types who love to play fetch. They circle, back up, and bark in anticipation of you throwing their ball.The doodle dogs (Labradoodles, Goldendoodles) can add an extra dimension. 

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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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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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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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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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Duke Has His First Visit From “Dad”!

Duke’s owner came out for the first time yesterday to see his boy. Talk about dog and owner having a terrific bond! The encounter did, however, bring up some points I make often but want to reiterate again. We can affect our dog’s behavior a great deal by altering our own.

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No Need to Yell!!!

Think about this… are you more focused in and attentive to a person who is yelling or speaking softly? I think we’d all agree that when someone is hollering we get defensive or back off.

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