Dog Discoveries

Is Your Dog Traumatized by the Electric Fence?

Dog Traumatized by the Electric Fence

  A dog traumatized by the electric fence is not at all unusual. Countless dog owners report negative consequences when using electric fences, and it ultimately, shouldn’t come as a surprise. While often advertised as preventing dogs from escaping, and a cheap alternative to erecting an expensive fence, electric fences can come with a high … Read more

Dog Word of the Day: Biddable Dog

Biddable Dog

  Biddable dog: You may have heard this word sometimes in dog circles, but may be wondering what this word is all about. The word is also utilized sometimes by the American Kennel Club when certain characteristics of dog breeds are described, and from the sound of it,  it is quite clear that the word … Read more

What is a Queensland Heeler?

australian cattle dog

  If you are wondering what is a Queensland heeler, rest assured, you are not alone. Indeed, “what is a Queensland heeler?” is a question that many individuals would like to know. Perhaps the main reason for the confusion is the fact that some dog breeds go by different names or nicknames and not all … Read more

Dog Word of the Day: Redirected Aggression in Dogs

Redirected Aggression in Dogs

  Redirected aggression in dogs is a problematic behavior that requires management for safety purposes, and to prevent rehearsal of the troublesome behavior, along with behavior modification to treat the root cause. Although, redirected aggression is more common among cats, there are countless cases of redirected aggression among dogs. When dogs “redirect,” the targets of … Read more

Dog Word of the Day: Variable Ratio Reinforcement Schedule

Variable Ratio Reinforcement Schedule

  In dog training a variable ratio reinforcement schedule, also known as intermittent reinforcement schedule, is one form of several reinforcement schedules. Reinforcement schedules are the rules that pertain “how many or which responses will be reinforced” (Burch, Bailey 1999).  A variable ratio reinforcement schedule is the schedule that follows a continuous reinforcement schedule. There … Read more

The Stages of Learning in Dogs

Learning in Dogs

  Understanding the stages of learning in dogs permits a deeper knowledge into what happens in the dog’s brain when it is in an active learning state. When learning a new task or behavior, complex processes in the brain occur in response to practice and muscle memory and this yields to significant changes in the … Read more

Stop Petting a Dog While Eating

Petting a Dog While Eating

  Petting a dog or puppy while eating is advice that has been suggested for some time in order to prevent or reduce food aggression, but this practice can turn out being counterproductive and even downright dangerous. Sure, let’s face it: those giving out this advice may have good intentions, the goal perhaps being getting … Read more

Discovering German Shepherd Coat Colors

German Shepherd Coat Colors

  German shepherd coat colors are surely interesting to discover. The staple coat color of the German shepherd dog breed is the quintessential black and tan coat, but at a closer insight, there are a variety of German shepherd coat colors and variations that are very attractive and quite unique.  Discovering all these German shepherd … Read more

Problems with Repeating Commands in Dog Training

Repeating Commands in Dog Training

  Repeating commands in dog training is one big mistake many dog owners make and this habit can really put a dent into any progress made in dog training. For very good reasons, “never repeat a command twice” is one of the essential rules dog trainers will never get tired of repeating enough (pun intended!). But … Read more

How to Stop a Puppy From Biting Feet and Hands

Puppy Biting Feet and Hands

  Many puppy owners wonder how to stop a puppy from biting feet and hands and the answer is that it often takes a multi-faceted approach. One good place to start preventing rehearsal of undesirable behaviors. This means that one important step is to prevent the rough biting of hands and feet from happening in … Read more

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