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Intelligent disobedience

Intelligent Disobedience

Sometimes, we don’t want a dog to do what we just told the dog to do. Intelligent disobedience, also known as intelligent refusal, is...
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Dog Bites: What To Do If a Dog Bites You

When he got bitten by a dog who had jumped out of a car in a shopping plaza parking lot, at least family medicine...

Dog Muzzles: When To Use Them and How

Muzzles, and the dogs who wear them, often get a bad rap, as many people associate them with dogs who may display aggressive behavior....
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5 Tips for Avoiding Fights at the Dog Park

Dog parks have never been more popular. They can be good opportunities for your dog to expend excess energy and have fun with other...
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How To Supervise Good Puppy Play

If there’s one thing that can serve as the magic elixir of puppyhood, it’s the puppy playdate. Half an hour spent wrestling and chasing...

Recognizing Dog Stress While Adjusting to a New Home

The term “decompression” has become popular in dog training and behavior circles. A strict definition of the word references the process of releasing or...

Punishment vs. Interruption: Properly Managing Your Dog’s Behavior

"No! Get off the table!” “No! Give that here!” “No! Quit pestering her or I’ll spray you!” All my life I’ve been around people who...

Meditations on Raising Small Children with Dogs

My young dog flies across the yard, tossing his ball in the air, chasing it as it hits the ground, then picks it up...

Dog House Rules

Once upon a time, societal norms dictated that if pet dogs failed to comply with strict rules for their behavior indoors, they were banished...

How to Safely Introduce Your Dog to Other Dogs

Given that our canine companions are a social species, you might think introducing two dogs would be a simple matter of turning them loose...

Kidnapped From Planet Dog

A secret thought – unutterable even to family members – keeps more than a few new-puppy owners up at night: “What if this was a...

Ignore at Your Peril

Ignoring should work, right? One of the first bits of behavior science that we pick up as dog trainers is that behavior is driven...

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Don’t wait to teach your dog cooperative care procedures!

I’ve taught both of my grown-up dogs several positions where they will be rewarded for holding still while I – or, importantly, a stranger...