Behaviour


Leash Reactivity Happens Everywhere – But with a Cultural Twist

The very last day of July this year, my two dogs and I landed in Finland. The dogs, of course, had no idea that their Mom had moved them across …

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

You come home from work, open the front door, and see that the garbage has been knocked over and someone has had an all-you-can-eat buffet, or you find the remote …

My Dog Knows How to Sit but Doesn’t Stay

This article was also published in Speaking of Dogs Newsletter January 2017. This is a statement I commonly hear from dog owners and to which I usually reply “Have you …

Emotions Are Part of the Learning Process

Blog post also published in Speaking of Dogs May 2016 Newsletter. As humans we have all experienced how emotions affect our ability to learn. For example, think back to when …

Fast Moving Objects Are Back – HELP! My Dog Is Going Crazy!

This article was also published in Speaking of Dogs June 2014 Newsletter: We had long winter months where most people preferred to stay indoors, the parks were empty, and you could …

The biggest killer for a reactive dog is…unpredictability.

The foundation of training a reactive dog is management to keep the dog’s stress level down and to prevent them from practicing the unwanted behaviors. We talk about this constantly …

So your dog likes to chase things?

Here is a movie of Fenton, a Labrador who became a Youtube sensation after he decided to chase some deer at Richmond Park in UK. I’m sure most of us …

A Battle of Wills: To Leash or Not to Leash

 This article was also published in Speaking of Dogs February 2014 Newsletter: Most dogs quickly develop an emotional response to the leash being clipped on.  At home it is usually …

The Nose Knows!

This article was also published in Speaking of Dogs November 2013 Newsletter: I guess I’m not the average dog owner: I got a dog over 10 years ago because I …

Control Unleashed always keeps teaching me new stuff!

I have been re-reading Leslie McDevitt’s CONTROL UNLEASHED: The Puppy Program. And every time I do it, I find new things to digest. I manage to put a lot of …