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What are Accidental Behavior Chains in Dog Training?

  Accidental behavior chains in dog training are a phenomenon that dog owners and dog professionals should be aware of, considering that they can turn problematic. The fact is, there are behavior chains and behavior chains. Behavior chains composed of desirable behaviors may be trainer-mediated (the dog is purposely trained to perform them) or they …

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The Circle Wag in Dogs

Circle Wag in Dogs
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About the author: Adrienne Farricelli is a certified dog trainer and behavior consultant. She is also a former veterinarian assistant, and author of  the popular online dog training course "Brain Training for Dogs." Her work has appeared in several print and online publications including E-how, USA Today, Every Dog Magazine, Daily Puppy and Connecticut Dog Magazine.
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  A circle wag in dogs is not your average tail wag: when wagging their tails this way, dogs show off the acrobatic capacities of their tails. Who ever imagined dogs were capable of moving their tails in such a way? Interestingly, not all dogs appear to be capable of such dexterity. In order to …

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Dog Word of the Day: Biddable Dog

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  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 …

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Dog Word of the Day: Redirected Aggression in Dogs

Redirected Aggression in Dogs
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  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 …

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Dog Word of the Day: Variable Ratio Reinforcement Schedule

Variable Ratio Reinforcement Schedule
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  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 …

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Dog Word of the Day: Suburban Dog Syndrome

Suburban Dog Syndrome
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  Many dog owners who live in the country or suburban areas may have dogs suffering from what dog trainer Jean Donaldson calls “suburban dog syndrome.” Many dog owners may assume that the dog is just acting territorial or protective or that the behavior stems from a genetic propensity in certain breeds with a tendency …

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The Engage Disengage Game for Dogs

The Engage Disengage Game for Dogs
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  If your dog is struggling with a trigger, you may find the engage disengage game for dogs helpful. This game is great for dogs who are nervous about a trigger such as the presence of people or other dogs. Not all dogs manifest nervousness the same way. Some dogs may manifest their anxiety by …

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Dog Word of the Day: Selective Hearing

Selective Hearing in Dogs
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  It’s not uncommon in the world of dog owners to complain about their dog’s selective hearing, but what does selective hearing really mean and what dogs tend to exhibit it? First off, there is no such thing as dog breeds more prone to selective hearing, there are just dogs bred for various purposes and …

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Dog Word of the Day: Release Command

Release Command in Dogs
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  If you are in the process of training your dog, you may find the use of a release command useful. When discussing release commands we get a bit in a gray area: not everybody uses release commands, but for those folks who do, they find them to be the best way to inform a …

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