Pet Behavior Consults as Scientific Experiments

How Thinking of a Behavior Consultation as a Science Experiment Can Improve Success Your first thought may be that you are trying to help people with their pets’ behavior problems, not trying to discover a new truth through experimentation.  And you are correct in terms of your primary goal being to help your client.  But…

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The Power of Focus

We just finished another mentoring session, helping one of our Behavior Education Network members develop a plan to follow-up with clients whose dog has multiple problems.  This dog needs help with his behavior when visitors come to the door, on walks, in the backyard when the neighbors are out, when he sees or passes joggers…

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Alternatives to Social Dominance in Dogs

         After predominating thinking about the social behavior of dogs for over 60 years, dominance theory (or pack theory) is finally on the decline.  A number of authorities have argued against the application of dominance theory to dogs, but nowhere is the theory more persuasively debunked than in John Bradshaw’s recent book  Dog Sense.   Bradshaw marshals…

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How Professional Are You?

Dog trainers typically don’t receive the professional recognition most of them deserve.  There are many reasons for this, ranging from the lack of a generally accepted educational pathway for becoming a trainer, to disagreements about methods,  “philosophy”, and what body of knowledge and skills any professional trainer should possess. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post…

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Helping Pets Cope With Stress

We use the term “stress” in everyday language to refer to all kinds of unpleasant situations or our reaction to those situations.  My dog is stressed when she has to go to the veterinarian, I get stressed-out when my work piles up, my cat can get distressed if she is out in the sun too…

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