Posts Tagged ‘fear’

Finch Goes to the Agility Trial September 19, 2013 Comments Off

Finch has progressed by leaps and bounds. His reactivity toward people is almost non-existent at this point. Unless they have a strange object or do something very threatening, they won’t scare Finch. Recent “tests” in my neighborhood have included multiple kids riding one bicycle at the same time, joggers carrying umbrellas, and a sight-impaired man […]

How Can I Prevent My Puppy From Becoming Fearful of Thunderstorms? June 29, 2013 Comments Off

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Ain’t that the truth! Owners who have lived with or known a dog that was terrified of fireworks or thunderstorms often as if there is any way to help make sure their new puppy doesn’t suffer the same fate. If you have a new puppy or […]

Help! My Dog is Afraid of Fireworks or Thunderstorms June 24, 2013 Comments Off

Summer is upon us, and the 4th of July is less than two weeks away. Most dogs adore what summer brings: romping in the backyard after work, going for a swim, barbecue leftovers, vacation time with you – but for a select few, the fun is tempered by the scary sounds of fireworks and thunder […]

Finch Makes Progress February 25, 2013 Comments Off

It’s been quite awhile since I have written about little Finch, and I get asked about him often. When I last wrote about Finch (all the way back in April!), he had just begun going for leash walks in my neighborhood. I would take him for walks at a quiet time of the afternoon, and […]

A Holistic Approach to Dog Training August 30, 2011 Comments Off

Today is National Holistic Pets Day. Typically when we hear the phrase “holistic” we think of medicine and health, not behavior. But I feel that a holistic approach can be taken to dog training, too. When an owner calls me in because their dog is exhibiting an unwanted behavior, I cannot focus just on that […]

Reactive Dogs: Resources for More Information June 24, 2011 1 Comment

There are some wonderful resources available for owners of reactive dogs who want to learn more about helping their canine companions. Many of these books have training plans that can be used to rehabilitate reactive dogs. However, I strongly urge you to seek professional help from a trainer or behaviorist who uses only humane, pain-free […]

Reactive Dogs: Understanding Calming Signals June 21, 2011 Comments Off

What is a calming signal?Calming signals are behaviors that dogs naturally exhibit when they are feeling stressed and are trying to diffuse a situation. Norwegian dog trainer and author Turid Rugaas coined the phrase “calming signals” and she has identified approximately thirty behaviors as such. These include: licking the lips, showing the whites of the […]

Reactive Dogs: An Introduction June 16, 2011 Comments Off

This post is the first in a series I will be writing about canine reactivity. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss any future posts! What is a “reactive dog”? Simply put, a reactive dog is one who over-reacts to particular things in the environment, typically either to other dogs or to people. Some […]