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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...

Dogs are master manipulators of human beings, and many of the manipulations they use on people are beyond our conscious awareness. This means that we are unknowingly being controlled by our dogs in various ways throughout the day. A key to a harmonious relationship is...

April 20, 2017

Today in Companion Dog Psychology, an article was released that claimed to unveil the latest in cutting-edge, modern, scientific, evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral training ever developed in the universe. The piece opens with:

"The one thing every dog owner should kn...

You are sitting on your sofa and your husband or wife comes over to give you a hug. At that very moment your dog comes over to squeeze in between you and your partner. "Aw, look who is jealous!", we think to ourselves. So, in response, we spread the joy and give our do...

There are 3 primary means by which dogs take ownership of things. First, dogs are known to express ownership by standing over objects. For instance, if they want to possess a ball, they will hover directly over the ball to occupy that space. This is a physical type of...

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