Behavior change for the two-legged animal

Behavior change for the two-legged animal

Question: My highly sensitive puppy mill rescue dog reacts fearfully when I reprimand my other dog or when I’m irritated about something not even related to her. How can I get her to understand that those situations are no threat to her? That’s a...
Communication gap

Communication gap

A rock solid belief of mine was broken along with my heart a few months ago. Though the experience centered around dog training, I only spoke about the details to my most intimate friend and kept to myself how it continued to affect me emotionally and physically. I...
Power in play

Power in play

Franklin has left a number of people bleeding from his lightning bites and now my hand is sandwiched between his teeth. With softly sparkling eyes, he slides away into a bow, barks once, and growly-talks his way through a belly-up roll in the rumpled bedding, kicking...
How to speak dog

How to speak dog

In a couple of days, I’ll be teaching an introductory class on transforming undesirable dog behavior for OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at UGA. Before we can even begin to talk about solutions, we have to spend the first few hours on learning canine...
More than words

More than words

Noella is nervous. She is in an unfamiliar public park, surrounded by children and dogs and other scary things she aggressively chases away. She doesn’t know it yet, but she is about to lose her anchor of security, the familiar person who has lovingly fostered her for...

A Time Bomb for Aggressive Behavior

Recently, my dog, Nicki, had extensive oral surgery that took two surgery dates to complete. What started as a broken right carnassial (the huge upper premolar) turned into a mouth full of broken teeth and longstanding pockets of infection. What the two vets and I saw...

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