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I’ve written about medicating anxious dogs before, and it’s such an important topic that I want to touch on it again. There are so many misconceptions surrounding this subject.The idea that anxiety medication should only be used after everything else has been tried is so sad and harmful, and is a myth I encounter on a regular basis. Let’s clear up some of the fog surrounding this common misconception.
Before we get any further, please remember that I am not a veterinarian and I don’t play one on the internet. The information contained in this blog is not meant to diagnose or prescribe, and is only provided for your information. I’m drawing from my experience as a certified veterinary technician, canine behavior consultant, and the owner of an anxious dog to educate you, but your best resource is always going to be a licensed veterinarian.
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Best dog treat hack ever! Here’s how to make batches of more than 500 small treats at a time without having to cut them up. Buy a silicone cooking mat for low-fat cooking. One brand available by mail order is called the Pyramid Pan. It has 556 little protrusions. The idea is that you can…
Over the years I have been working in Animal Behaviour I am always amazed at how many people disregard science and research. The world of dog training has really moved forward as science has discredited some of the more outdated methods such as Dominance and pack leadership style methods.
There has been a huge amount of research on the devices used in animal training and their effects on the physical and emotional state of the animal involved. It amazes me how people insist on treating fear with pain but unfortunately they do. Devices of any description are a quick fix method. They are effective at interrupting the emotion the animal experiences but they won’t remove that emotion and this is where the problem lies.
Lets’ imagine the scenario of a dog that is scared of traffic and is struggling to walk down a road and lets’ use the shock collar as an…
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A recent exchange on Facebook got me thinking. It was in response to this picture. This was how the posts started: First response: ‘Total rubbish, if a dog is intelligent enough to know what …
Source: Stubborn Dog? Dogged Dog?
As a professional trainer, I hear a lot of disturbing stories. One local trainer routinely advises owners of reactive dogs to briefly hang their dogs from prong collars when the dogs lunge and bark. The same facility told one of my clients to pull her nervous dog’s ear or pinch his flank if he stopped paying attention. Another recent client was advised by one of her friends on Facebook to step in front of her aggressive dog whenever the dog began growling at anyone and then to stare the dog down (which, not surprisingly, resulted in a pretty severe bite to her leg).
With all of these disturbing stories, a common thread runs through. The owners really love their dogs, and were simply following the advice that had been given to them. In many cases, these people were desperate to fix a serious problem. These weren’t…
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Some people are reluctant to give their dogs rewards whilst feeding them all sort of rubbish for doing nothing. Some believe dogs should have nothing besides their meals – and always in bowls…
Source: Working Wage for Dogs?
Don’t expect to hear any of these comments from a professional animal trainer.
“I don’t feed the dolphins fish when they jump through the hoop, they should do it because they respect me.”
“We never use food to train our lions to stand for injections, that would only make them think they’ll get food every time they did it for us.”
“The seals at our facility do what we train them to do because they love us.”
“If we gave the pelicans food for letting us handle them they’d think they were dominant.”
“Using food to train elephants only spoils them.”
“We can’t be bothered always having food available for training.”
“I’d rather hurt or scare an animal to get them to do what I want instead of using food.”
You don’t have to look hard to find animals being trained to perform all kinds of useful and fun behaviors, using…
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I am planning on writing a little piece on separation behaviours (up to and including distress and anxiety).
In the meantime, I’ve found what may be the perfect monitoring device to a) help determine what your dog gets up to when you’re out and b) ensure you reward the dog for good behaviour or comfort him with your voice and a treat when you are out.
Its not yet launched by by clicking the link you can get notifications of when it does launch and get the chance to pre-order!
Errorless learning is a teaching procedure in which the learner does not make any mistakes, and doesn’t need to in order to learn. Trial and error learning is a teaching procedure in which …
Source: Learning from (no) Mistakes