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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...

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...

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...

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