So Your Dog Ignores You?

I got to thinking just how simple it should be to have a cooperative dog, so why do our dogs so often ignore us?

Be a Witness

How can you intervene when you see someone using dangerous or cruel methods with their dog so that not only does it stop then and there, but the future of the dog with their human looks much more promising?

Medical Before Behavioral

When veterinary behaviorists and well-schooled trainers are attempting to understand a behavioral issue, they will always be thinking "medical before behavioral". Why, you ask? Well, because our dogs are just like us. When we are uncomfortable or in pain, we tend to behave less appropriately then we might otherwise. Same for our pups.

What NOT To Do When Your Dog Is Lost

In a previous article on this site, I listed things to do when your dog is lost. Implementing each of the steps on the list will increase your chances in being reunited with your lost dog. However, there are also things that you shouldn’t do when searching for your lost dog.

What To Do When A Dog Attacks

Even though dog bites are relatively common, full-blown attacks are not. It is important to know, however, what to do in the unlikely event an attack happens. What type of behavior do dogs normally exhibit before attacking? There is no one size fits all when it comes to the signals a dog gives before attacking, Read More

Puppy Recall

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Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety is one of the most difficult behavior problems to deal with in dogs because successful modification relies on people being present at all times during what can be a long training process. It is a hugely important problem to solve, both for dog and owner, as separation anxiety is one of the main Read More

Submissive Urination

It is common for puppies to lose control of their urination at a young age when they are either really excited or slightly nervous. When they pee due to temporary overstimulation (such as an owner returning home or during particularly rambunctious play), this is called 'excitable urination.' Similarly, when the puppy experiences an instinctive fear Read More

Recall (Come)

Most puppies will 'come' to you whenever you decide to walk away because they instinctively follow you. Making this a reliable response, however, usually takes months of consistency and positive training. The easiest way to associate your new puppy or dog with the 'come' cue is to begin using it as soon as you bring Read More

Watch American Humane’s Oklahoma Rescue Documentary

When a natural disaster strikes, American Humane's Red Star animal rescue team is always one of the first on the scene. The devastating tornado that hit Oklahoma this past May was no exception. In the aftermath of the storm, countless animals were left homeless, lost, or abandoned. American Humane recently released a short documentary by Read More

Teaching Rover to Race to You on Cue

The problem with speaking English instead of using made-up words is that we assume our pets know what we mean. We say, “Sit” and expect Fido to drop his derrier, but the command Fido’s learned is “sit, sit, sit, SIT!” Then once he’s done the deed, we praise with “Goodsit,” when just “Good” would do, Read More

Puppy Won’t Come When Called?

Ah, life with a new puppy! We have a 14 week-old Border Collie pup named Hope at the farm, and what better reminder of the importance of “talking to your dog” with your body! We’ve been working hard on teaching him to come when called by giving him lots of positive reinforcement for running toward Read More