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Eager-to-Please or Just Trainable?

Ever heard the phrase “eager-to-please”? When I think of that phrase, the first thing that comes to mind is motivation, trainability, and intelligence. In science-based training (positive reinforcement/force-free), principles of psychology are used to help understand, modify, and predict behavior in animals. Let’s look at each of these topics using psychology to see if Rover is really…eager-to-please. MotivationOne principle that…

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Hierarchy of Dog Needs

Hierarchy of Dog Needs

Note: This information is useful for everyone (clients, dog trainers, veterinarians, shelters, rescues, and volunteers). If you haven’t seen this already, check this out. This Hierarchy of Dog Needs is based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. If you have ever taken a psychology course, I’m sure you’ve seen this a time or two. For more information, click here: https://www.simplypsychology.org/maslow.html According…

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Dogs Aren’t Pack Animals

Interesting article. Just a few quotes regarding the topic. According Jean Donaldson regarding the observation of feral dogs in Romania under the dictator Nicolae Ceaucescu:“Their associations with one another are brief and casual: a couple of dogs may hang out together temporarily and then part company. Dogs are often drawn together by a scarce resource like a food source or…

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Separation Anxiety

Recently, I saw a video of a Rottweiler that had a GoPro strapped to him while his guardians were away. He traveled around the house looking for them everywhere. He drank from the toilet a few times and howled from time-to-time. It is exactly what I would expect but not every dog feels that ‘comfortable’ being alone. That’s where separation…

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The Yellow Dog Project

The Yellow Dog Project

“The Yellow Dog Project was created to bring awareness to the general public about dogs who need space while training, recovering from surgery, or being rehabilitated.” This project is a great way to educate kids and parents to ask before petting, educate the public on when a dog is uninterested, and when a dog just needs space. I believe better…

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Reactivity

Reactivity is a complex topic in dog training. Reactive or reactivity is when a dog reacts to something in the environment or in a certain situation. In most cases, the dog may be lunging, barking, or growling. Reactivity is not a personality trait however, the dog may reactive due to fear, excitement (play), frustration (leash or barrier), or aggressive. Knowing…

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