Dog Training Philosophies: Medical Model, Behavioral Model and Knee-Jerk Reactions

Training Tips for Your Dogs to Properly Communicate With You

Most of our dog pet owners are not aware that there are different philosophies/approaches to “training” a dog and more so how to approach solving behavior problems.   There are two main veins of approach even though I titled with three; two of them go together. Medical Model see “problem behavior” as if it’s a disease.   The “trainer”, “counselor” or “veterinary behaviorist” may take a history of your dog and come up with a diagnosis for the behavior and label it something like “dominance aggression”. This approach focuses too heavily on the “symptoms” presented and do little to address … Continue reading

5 Tips for Making Cold Winter Nights With Your Dog Fun!

Winter Nights With Your Pet Dog: How to Enjoy Time With Your Dogs

It’s that time of year again where it’s cold and dark at 16:00 and depending if you live in the city, suburbs or country you still need to keep your dog’s learnt behaviors sharp and maybe just maybe you can venture into new territory and work on some new things during these few winter months.   So what can you work on in the house?  Here are a few suggestions: Verify your dog’s understanding of cues or better yet… What have you really taught your dog?   Ask your dog for simple behaviors like: sit, down, stand. Now can you … Continue reading

Resource Guarding or Space Invasion? Reasons for Aggressive Outburts in Dogs

Aggressive Outburts: Understanding Your Dogs Further

Labels like Resource Guarding can blind us to other possible explanations to aggressive outbursts by our companion dog.   The common understanding of resource guarding is that your dog may show the following behaviors: tense, stiff, give you a non-wavering gaze, lip retraction to show teeth, growling, snapping, and/or biting when a person or other animal approaches. This behavior usually occurs only when a person or other animal approaches your dog while: meal preparation, eating, sleeping, has a toy, by a “favorite” place or there might be a “new” item brought into the house, food/treats/vomit, anything related to meals – … Continue reading