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Month: February 2016

Seeing Or Believing?

Seeing Or Believing?

Recently, I wrote about positive reinforcement and what it means. In behaviorist terms “positive” means adding something desired in response to a behavior and “reinforcement” is anything that happens that causes a particular behavior to happen more often. That’s the technical definition of the terms, but it can also help to think of the words […]

You Can’t Trick Your Dog, But…

You Can’t Trick Your Dog, But…

Two weeks ago, I wrote about Hollywood dog trainers and how, while they may fool their audiences by using different dogs for different tricks, we can’t fool our dogs because they can tell when we’re being inauthentic. However, when people have had trouble projecting calm, assertive energy, I’ve also advised them to “fake it until […]

How To Cope With Putting Your Dog To Sleep

How To Cope With Putting Your Dog To Sleep

Having to say good-bye is something every dog lover faces eventually. It’s the most difficult part of having a dog. It would be nice if they could be with us for decades, but sadly this is not the case. In order to make it through the process of having your dog put to sleep, you […]

Why Do Dogs Imitate Their Owners And Other Dogs?

Why Do Dogs Imitate Their Owners And Other Dogs?

Pretty much every Pack Leader has opened a door with their hand and then watched as their dog reached out her paw and attempted to do the same. Likewise, you’ve probably seen your dog watching other dogs, then jump in and engage in the same behavior. Dogs, just like humans, are natural imitators. But why? […]

Why Do Dogs Chew Their Paws?

Why Do Dogs Chew Their Paws?

Are you wondering why your dog is chewing his paws? You’re not alone! There are a variety of reasons why dogs might chew their paws. Let’s look at the most common reasons, as well as the signs that might let you know it’s time to take your pup to the vet. Allergies Dogs, like people, […]

When Your Dog Is Afraid Of Men

When Your Dog Is Afraid Of Men

One of the common fears people report their dogs having is of men in general. This seems ironic given that dogs are known as “man’s best friend,” but if there’s one class of people that some dogs seem to fear, it would be men. So why is this? There’s an old saying—a dog that’s been […]

Warning Signs That Your Dog Has A Heart Problem

Warning Signs That Your Dog Has A Heart Problem

Just like people, dogs can suffer from heart issues, and if the problems are serious enough, dogs can even die from them. Protect your dog’s heart health by knowing the common signs and causes, learning how to keep their heart strong, and what to do if a problem exists. Common Symptoms There are several possible […]

Why Does My Dog Wag Its Tail?

Why Does My Dog Wag Its Tail?

All animals communicate with energy and body language, and it’s easy to tell just from body language whether they’re fearful or aggressive. But, beyond body language, for many animals there are three important body parts with which they communicate. Animals’ primary methods of communicating are through eye contact, their ear position, and their tails. When […]