Author Archives: Debby McMullen

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Positively Expert: Debby McMullen

Debby is a certified behavior consultant and the author of the How Many Dogs? Using Positive Reinforcement Training to Manage a Multiple Dog Household. She also owns Pawsitive Reactions, LLC in Pittsburgh, PA.


My Breed is “Special”

Posted on: July 28, 2015 - 5 Comments

Breed traits are important. But these breed traits certainly don’t mean that only a very small segment of society should parent those particular breeds.

“How Do I MAKE Him Do What I Say?”

Posted on: July 6, 2015 - No Comments

How do you feel about someone who MAKES you do anything? Warm and loving or resentful and wary? Which way would you prefer that your dog feel about you?

Does Your Dog Really Love That Activity?

Posted on: June 19, 2015 - 9 Comments

There is perhaps no greater experience than participating in an activity with your dog that satisfies you both. The bonding experience created is unparalleled.

Can (and Should) Every Dog Be Saved?

Posted on: May 18, 2015 - 44 Comments

Many perfectly wonderful dogs with lovely temperaments are being euthanized regularly for space while extremists spend time battling online about why one dog that mauled a child should get another chance.

Mourning a Dog

Posted on: May 4, 2015 - 17 Comments

Anyone who loves or has loved a dog fiercely understands the intense loss when a person's dog passes away.We love fiercely and completely and we need to view that as enough and not feel regrets for what we might have done differently to have our dogs in our lives longer. Dog’s lives are precious but they are far too brief and grief is the price that we pay to have so much happiness in our lives.

Show Your Animal Control Officer Some Love

Posted on: April 13, 2015 - No Comments

Depending on what geographical location you are in, you may or may not think highly of your local Animal Control Officer.

Everyone is an Expert These Days!

Posted on: March 17, 2015 - 9 Comments

There is no quicker way to cause an internet fight than to ask a dog behavior question on a board comprised of regular dog parents. The responses will range from the absurd to the dangerous.

Voices Carry But Are They Heard?

Posted on: February 23, 2015 - 2 Comments

When someone hires me to give them advice for the benefit of improving their dog’s behavior, I have to assume that they want their money’s worth.