Dog Blog Articles

May
18
Dominance…    That one little word is all it takes to send some dog trainers right over the edge. It has become such a “bad word” in some circles that trainers often feel the need to refer to it as “The D Word”. I have even heard professional dog... + read more
May
06
Obnoxious Active Submission Is Connected To Dog Aggression   Submission is said to come in two basic forms, active and passive. Passive submission is much calmer and tends to keep dogs out of trouble. It’s kind of a roll over and play dead or “please rub my belly”... + read more
May
01
Frustration and Agitation     Aggression is often created, or intensified, due to some form of frustration or agitation. This could be a momentary agitation or a build up of long term frustration over time. Regardless, it’s important to understand that aggressive... + read more
Apr
25
Fear (Anxiety, Insecurity, Uncertainty, Panic)   Fear is an underlying factor in a lot of aggression cases. It is so common, in fact, that many trainers go so far as to say that all aggression is based in fear. I personally think it’s a stretch of the truth to say all but I totally... + read more
Apr
22
Using “timeouts” as a form of punishment for unwanted behavior has become popular in many dog training circles, particularly with “Positive” dog trainers, because they believe it's gentle or non-aversive. Whether a timeout is “aversive” or not is questionable... + read more
Apr
17
Overly Intense Play and Dog Aggression   It should come as no surprise that, if allowed to get too intense, play between dogs can turn into aggression. This can happen with humans as well. It happened all the time when my brother and I were kids and played Bruce Lee vs Chuck Norris. It... + read more
Apr
15
Hyperactivity (Arousal, Overstimulation, Anxiety) is Connection to Dog Aggression   "Well, aren't you just the sweetest thing ever!” Pause for a deep inhaling gasp. “Kissy, kissy, kissy! Oh, look at that little tail wagging a million miles an hour. You're a... + read more
Mar
28
"The hallmark of good dog training is a slack leash." - classic dog training mantra, source unknown.   A tight leash is by far the most common and overlooked underlying problem with dog aggression. I rarely, if ever, see a case of aggression in which the owners have... + read more
Feb
28
Once upon a time, punishment was commonplace in the raising and training of dogs. A reading of The Koehler Method of Dog Training by William Koehler shows us not only that punishment was commonplace but that it was totally acceptable to use extremely harsh punishment. Today, the pendulum has... + read more
Feb
23
Question:    Hi Chad, Until today, and with the exception of recall when at the dog park, my dog had been learning and doing much better in several ways. I stayed away from the Dog Park for almost 2 months and just walked her locally and checking her recall here with the long line.... + read more

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