Discussion of Tortora’s 1983 study which presents a 9 step process for suppressing avoidance motivated aggression in dogs. We examine Tortora’s paper in detail, in particular what it says about shock collars and dog aggression.
People often say that dogs love us unconditionally. Is this really true? Do dogs really love us, or is their “love” just a form of behavioral conditioning? We talk about doggy love, human love, and the human-dog relationship.
I had a lot of troubles with my Shiba Inu at the start. I was expecting a Disneyesque kind of dog, but got a furry terror instead. Here, I talk about 3 training techniques I used at the start, mistakes I made, and why I have stopped using these methods.
Bad dog behavior is often very upsetting to us because we attribute them to lack of love, dominance, vengeance, or some other unpleasant human motive. However, most bad behaviors arise simply because of mis-communication and misunderstanding between us and our dog. Here, I discuss how I deal with my dog’s bad behavior.
The most difficult dog breeds are simply the ones that do not fit our expectations, temperament, or lifestyle. One man’s favorite dog breed is another man’s dog breed from hell. Here we examine the key characteristics that make up the most difficult dog breeds.
Siberian Husky Lara is now over 3 years old. She has blue eyes, big perky ears, and looks a bit like a wolf. This is a picture story of her first three puppy months.
There is a lot of conflicting information on dog training and dog behavior. Often times, it is difficult to separate what is fact from what is fiction. Here are some useful and reputable sources for dog training information, and some common dog training myths to look out for.
Dogs are expensive and very time consuming, so why get a dog? After I got a dog, I became happy, healthier, and I even lost some weight. Here are 5 key reasons for getting a dog and how my dogs have significantly enriched my life.
What really do dogs need? Do dogs need other dogs or are they perfectly happy curled up in bed with their people, and a piece of steak? We consider a dog’s socialization needs, and his need for companionship.
One of the best ways to calm a reactive or fearful dog is through the desensitization process. Here we discuss various forms of dog desensitization, and why it is safer and more effective than flooding.