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April 17, 2020

Attachment to caregivers is created first through proximity during pre and early adolescence. However, as dogs develop into mid and late adolescence (see differentiation) they require far less direct social contact. During this time 10-12 hours of isolation (cumulative...

March 24, 2020

The "all-positive" parenting approach is a fashionable new methodology based on empirical data that positive reinforcement works best to modify behavior. The data is correct. I encourage my clients to use a minimum 6-1 ratio of praise to discipline, the same as recomme...

July 15, 2018

Dogs, like people, think and behave in sequences as their brains process the world around them and continuously work to deduct order from chaos.

July 3, 2018

Independence Day is a time filled with fun and fireworks, but for many dogs this time of year can be their worst nightmare.

December 27, 2017

Congratulations on your new journey as a "dog parent!" Along the way you will face many challenges. One of the most common hurdles to surpass is bathroom training. 

In most cases, potty training can be very straight forward. You will need a few tools and techniques to b...

November 21, 2017

There are many misunderstood behaviors in dogs, and jumping up on people is one of them. Often times this behavior is explained away as a product of "excitability" or attributed to the dog's breed. We might hear such phrases as "Labrador retrievers are high-energy dogs...

November 6, 2017

"Aaron McDonald, a Birmingham, Alabama-based canine behaviorist, says he sees a significant amount of dogs with anxiety related issues. In fact, some of the most common dog "problem" behaviors stem from anxiety, which in turn stems from insecurity."

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October 25, 2017

We had a wonderful time presenting to the officers at Mountain Brook Police Department this month. We covered canine body language interpretation, bite prevention, and best handling practices for injured animals. What a great group of guys and gals. I'm proud they are...

October 24, 2017

Dogs are most happy when they live goal-directed lives. This means they have objectives assigned to them by an Executive Decision-maker. Doing so helps to boost their sense of connectivity to the family and enhances their self-esteem. Without these properties, dogs bec...

October 3, 2017

Discipline and consequences for good and bad choice-making is critical for a dog to develop healthy social skills. It helps their ability to inhibit emotional impulses. In other words, it helps to develop self-control. Without the ability to control themselves, a dog&#...

August 28, 2017

After recent trip to Paris, France, I came back with one dramatic, overarching realization -- Americans chronically over-stimulate their dogs.

July 16, 2017

Life exists through relationships. The search for a well-functioning relationship is a life-or-death proposition for a dog. Without it, they feel doomed. As such, they are dependent on becoming part of a social system -- a family. The family works cooperatively for mut...

June 28, 2017

Any time a dog behaviorist exits their vanilla training box and walks into someone's home, they dare to face a nearly infinite number of variables. Some of these variables can be controlled, and some cannot. To help manage these unknowns, we have a single rule -- have...

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