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Letters: 08/04

Your vet should be a important member of your problem-solving team if your dog displays idiopathic aggression.

Rage Syndrome in Dogs

The term rage syndrome" conjures up mental images of Cujo

Solve Fence Aggression with a Better Dog Fence

As dog owners become more and more responsible about keeping their dogs safe at home, the incidence of fence-related behavior problems rises. Even the unfortunately popular underground electronic (shock) containment system fences can give rise to the problem. The barrier is there, even if the dog can't see it, and the intense punishment of the shock the dog receives if he breaches the invisible barrier can intensify the resulting aggression.

Understanding Destructive Dog Behavior

these activities relieve her boredom and anxiety at being home alone.üDogs don't know it's "bad" to dig up the planters or get in the garbage

Dog Mounting and Dog Dominance Behavior

using a short leash or tether to prevent the dog from greeting the person unless he's politely sitting down."

Avoiding Potential Dog Attacks

There are many reasons a person might tend to look the other way when confronted with a potentially dangerous dog. You may be busy; you may be fearful of the dog's owner or potential retaliation; you may be friends with the owner and reluctant to cause hard feelings between you; you may worry about being responsible for the dog's impoundment and possible euthanasia; or you may simply feel that it's none of your business.

Teach Your Dog to Focus On Cue!

Teaching your dog to focus on you (on cue!) is a vitally useful skill – and not that difficult if you follow our step-by-step directions.

Dog Appeasing Pheromone to Calm Anxious Canine

Our review of a plug-in atomizer that dispenses a “dog appeasing pheromone” to calm especially anxious canines. According to its maker, DAP is supposed to mimic a natural stress-reducing hormone produced by mother dogs while nursing their puppies. It purportedly stops or reduces stress-related barking, urination and defecation, whimpering and whining, anxiety, fear, chewing, and other stress-related behaviors.

Canine Class for Aggressive and Problematic Dogs

the focus is on gradually teaching dogs new and more appropriate responses to increasingly proximate contact with other dogs. Pupils begin learning new skills behind visual barriers

Causes of Reactive Dog Behavior and How to Train A Reactive Dog

“Reactive” is a term gaining popularity in dog training circles – but what is it, exactly? In her book Clinical Behavioral Medicine for Small Animals, Applied Animal Behaviorist Karen Overall, M.A., V.M.D., Ph.D., uses the term to describe animals who respond to normal stimuli with an abnormal (higher-than-normal) level of intensity. Take a deep breath and relax. We have positive training solutions for dogs who "go off" or "lose it" in certain circumstances.
Dogs can have ADHD, or a canine equivalent. However, this is overdiagnosed.

Can Dogs Have ADHD?

dogs who display this syndrome can excel at "jobs" requiring activity and/or quick responses

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No Balls in the House!

Boone lunged toward the ball first – but he’s not a good catcher – so the ball bounced past me toward a steel and stone side-table, with Boone in pursuit. He pursued so hard, he smashed his face right into the edge of the steel table.