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Retrospective Study On Hypersensitivity-Hyperactivity Syndrome In Dogs: Long-Term Outcome Of High Dose Fluoxetine Treatment And Proposal Of A Clinical Score

– Posted in: Article, Dogs and Science, Fear and Anxiety, Newsletters, Relationships, Trainers and Training, Unruly

I suspect that the number of spelling and grammatical errors found in the paper below is indicative of its legitimacy. However, it’s an opportunity for me to express my opinion regarding my suspicions regarding any diagnosis that suggests a dog suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. I cannot say that it is never the case, [...]

Is The Problem Companion Dog Owners or Companion Dog Trainers?

– Posted in: ‘All Positive/Purely Positive/Force-Free . . . (Treats, Treats, Treats)’, All Positive AKA Force Free Dog Training, Clicker Training, Companion Dog Training, Dog Trainers, Fully Balanced Companion Dog Training, Might is Right Dog Training, Partially Balanced, Trainers and Training, ‘Might Is Right’
Bad Dog

I won’t here as it’s a seminar level presentation rather than a casual blog post but I can make a reasonable, strong and scientifically supported argument that very little that currently passes for ‘learning theory’ in companion dog training is based on canine or human behavior in the context of how any higher order social [...]

When Should You Put An Aggressive Dog Down (Euthanize/Euthanasia)

– Posted in: Aggression, Dog Behavior Miscellaneous Articles, Newsletters, Towards Children, Trainers and Training
When To Put An Aggressive Dog Down euthanasia euthanize

When you have a dog that is continually threatening to bite and/or is biting or is only not biting because of owner diligence and precautions and the behavior is unrelated to physical health issues, you have four options. It is more of a funnel really as one leads to the next.

Another Dumb Idea To Keep Children From Being Bitten By Dogs

– Posted in: Aggression, Dog Behavior Miscellaneous Articles, Dogs and Children, Newsletters, Towards Children, Trainers and Training

WARNING – Long A virtual dog could soon be used as an educational tool to help prevent dog bites, thanks to an innovative project led by the University of Liverpool’s Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC) – University of Liverpool. “Meet the virtual pooch that could help prevent dog bites.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 25 August 2018. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180825081739.htm. Here’s why [...]

Stupid “Dog Trainer” Tricks

– Posted in: Dog Behavior Miscellaneous Articles, Newsletters, Trainers and Training

Watch the video below and decide about this variation on ‘Might Is Right’ Dog Training. Multiple Choice For fear of being beaten, will these dogs learn?: To avoid this garbage pailTo avoid all garbage pailsTo avoid this garbage pail when this human is watchingTo avoid the garbage pail when any human is watchingTo avoid humansTo [...]

Advice For New Dog Trainers – The Client Isn’t The Enemy

– Posted in: Dog Behavior Miscellaneous Articles, Newsletters, Trainers and Training
advice for new dog trainers the client isn't the enemy

In another thread of mine (John ‘Ask The Dog Guy’ Facebook Post) someone I think who may be a dog trainer responded to someone else’s comment with: “I’ve had to deal with people refusing to acknowledge the dog’s they are dealing with . . . All of it has provided me with an appreciation for [...]

DOG TRAINERS! Words Matter – Question The Use of Fur Baby and Pet Parent

– Posted in: Aggression, Dog Behavior Miscellaneous Articles, Dogs and Children, Newsletters, Towards Children, Trainers and Training
Words Matter

The first few times I heard someone refer to a dog as a ‘fur baby’ or themselves as a ‘pet-parent’ I found myself scrutinizing the person for signs of mental illness. It seemed such an odd thing to say. I then remembered quite a few years earlier, someone sending me a letter, taking me to [...]

Companion Dog Training Should Be Different

– Posted in: By Problem, Dog Behavior Miscellaneous Articles, Newsletters, Trainers and Training
companion dog training

This is an excerpt from a free booklet (What Are The Different (and best) Puppy and Dog Training Methods) I put together for people considering the best approach to training their companion dogs. The purpose of the chapter was to demonstrate that when looking for the right type of dog training and dog trainer it’s [...]

I Debate Claire Staines, an ‘All Positive/Force-Free’ UK based Dog Trainer

– Posted in: All Positive AKA Force Free Dog Training, Dog Behavior Miscellaneous Articles, Newsletters, Trainers and Training

Background I posted on my Facebook page this short video as an encouragement to read a column I had written all positive and harnesses and received a comment from an ‘All Positive/Force-Free’ trainer named Claire Staines. I invited her to debate. The link to the article referred to is here: http://www.askthedogguy.com/harnesses-all-positive-dog-training/ Below is as much [...]

Name Calling and Shunning

– Posted in: All Positive AKA Force Free Dog Training, Dog Behavior Miscellaneous Articles, Dog Trainers, Just Dog Behaviour for Dog Trainers, Newsletters, Podcasts, Trainers and Training
name calling and shunning

I read a blog post today in which psychology professor Robert Sutton at Stanford University was quoted from his book as advocating shunning in an academic setting. The book “The Asshole Survival Guide”. For reasons I’ll elaborate on shortly, I can’t say I’m tempted to read it. It did get me thinking about dog training [...]