May, 2011

Thieves For Fun

Dogs are opportunistic and will only do what is rewarding.  A fun “chase me” game when they steal something is certainly a reward and gives the object value and makes it a resource worth guarding.  This behavior is often made worse when kids are involved.  Kids like to play games like chase the dog when […]

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  May 16, 2011   No comments

Don’t Submit Your Dog!!

One of my favorite dog training books is “Culture Clash” by jean Donaldson.  On the first page, she talks about appeasement behavior and pre-punishment cues that we give to our dogs.  Sometimes, just us coming home is a cue for the dog to offer appeasement behavior in order to “shut off’ a percieved punishment.  This […]

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  May 9, 2011   No comments