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January 23, 2017

I have spoken with many dog-owners who believe their dog is not very intelligent. "Aaron, I don't think this dog can be trained," they say. The reasoning given for such a confession is that the dog won't follow commands and seems unable to retain information. But is th...

January 6, 2017

Many dogs will chose to take a nap right in the middle of intersections within our home. They innately understand that to occupy this space impedes our movement, and, as such, sets boundaries for us. This is what I call a "covert manipulation", an influence t...

December 13, 2016

If you are a dog lover then you have probably heard the term "pack leader." It is a common phrase that is often thrown around but is rarely defined. Instead, we are left to just figure it out on our own. In the world of dog behavior and cognition, there are dozens, if...

November 10, 2016

The subject of dog behavior and training is littered with facts and fallacies, all mingled together to create maximum confusion for dog parents. One of the most common fallacies I witness each day is the phrase "get the energy out." Anyone who has spent time at a dog p...

October 27, 2016

Decision-making is a critical intersection in the dog/human relationship. When dog parents make executive decisions, the result is a dog's enhanced eye contact. The dog literally begins to LOOK TO US to make decisions. At this moment, the oxytocin cycle engages and att...

October 3, 2016

If dogs were people: They would make outstanding economists. While they lounge around your home, seemingly doing nothing, they quietly gather data about the culture of your behavior. They memorize what you do, when you do it, and how well you do certain things. They me...

August 25, 2016

It has happened again. This time the story is being reported out of England. A canine genius named Pero recently traveled for 12 days from his home in Cockermouth to find his family in Penrhyncoch, Ceredigion. In total he covered a distance of 240 miles averaging aroun...

July 29, 2016

This was one of those strange weeks filled with horror stories. The kind of stories where people get seriously injured by their dogs. Each one was a dangerous, potentially life-threatening accident that was preventable with the right tools and techniques.

Story #1

A woma...

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...

April 28, 2016

This is Finn. He has learned to walk off-leash at the dog park. As you can imagine, that is a very challenging environment. Finn was a chronic squirrel chaser, but the primary reason the family called for behavior help was that Finn had bitten a guest while at their ho...

April 21, 2016

In Three Dimensional Dog, A Unified Theory of Canine Behavior, I write about Oliver -- a black Labrador Retriever who left his home on a planned mission to find a new family. A similar story is now being reported out of Russia near the Ukrainian boarder.

Shavia is a bla...

April 20, 2016

The belief that dogs are machines is still going strong today. This has given way to the pervasive belief that nothing exists inside their head but a set of mechanical, conditioned responses.

 

That belief has given rise to training regiments that condition dogs -- prim...

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