How to Handle Dog Barrier Frustration & Aggression

How to Handle Dog Barrier Frustration & Aggression

We often use barriers for the dogs’ protection but at times these barriers can have side effects; one side effect is barrier frustration. The challenge to owners is missing the right cues and trying to fix the wrong component. Barrier frustration can be stressful for dogs and owners alike. In this article we’ll take a look at one common barrier and its side effects. Leashes are used to keep our dogs safe and near us as well as to respect the space of others and their dogs, etc. Many places have leash laws requiring dogs to be on leash in … Continue reading

How to “Close the Door” on Dog Stress in 3 Steps

How to "Close the Door" on Dog Stress in 3 Steps

In my work with clients and their dogs in behavior modification, I see a lot of anxiety, fear, impulsivity, overexcitement and aggression.   One of the first things we do as a foundation of good behavior: Set a dog up to succeed and learn as much as possible by reducing unnecessary stress, overexcitement and opportunities for them to practice being out of control. The front door is a frequent source of triggers and stress for dogs, and their owners, so this is a great place to start. A door is a simple thing to humans but so often it is … Continue reading

The Stigma Of Muzzle Wearing

Muzzle Wearing? Is it Good or Bad?

Following recent developments in Dog Law, it has become apparent of the surrounding stigma attached to dogs that are out and about and muzzled. In several countries in fact it is the Law to have your dog muzzled in various circumstances especially if they fit the ‘Pit Bull’ type Dog. One of the problems is that the type of dog required by Law to wear a muzzle is the type of dog that already has stigma attached to them because of Breed Specific Legislation. When people see these dogs with muzzles out for walks, they often feel intimidated or nervous … Continue reading

Finding the Right Dog Trainer for You and Your Pup

Dog Trainer: How to Find the Right Dog Trainer to Help You…

When you start looking for a trainer for your dog, it can be confusing on who to choose. Because dog trainers are not required to obtain a license in the United States, there are no set standards. The education, experience and skill of trainers can fluctuate greatly.   To try to address some of this problem, different training certifications have been developed. However, the “certification” programs can differ significantly. Some trainers are “certified” by schools where they learn to dog train. Other trainers are “certified” through private certifying programs that are not affiliated with any particular school. However, there are … Continue reading

Understanding Dog Aggression & How to Fix It

Dog Aggression, Anxiety and Sensory Processing Isssues

The Root Cause:               As a severe problem behavior specialist I have been in the unique position to meet and observe thousands of dogs who have been previously labeled as “aggressive” with no hope. Many dog owners and pet professionals assume a dog is acting aggressive because they are simply angry or scared as a human would and the reaction they display is a conscious emotional choice they are making. In reality, the majority of dogs who act aggressive are doing so because of sensory processing issues. Sensory Processing: Dogs by nature are very … Continue reading