Monthly Archives: December 2012

10 Years with Cricket

Happy Gotcha Day! On December 29, 2002, 10 years ago today, I drove 100 miles east to meet Cricket’s foster family from RatBone Rescues at a McDonald’s parking lot. She was the most beautiful little rat terrier I had ever … Continue reading

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Zen Generalization: Hole in the Fence

Sue Ailsby points out the Zen is one behavior that dogs tend to generalize well: Leave It for all manner of toddler Zen situations…; Leave It nicely gets my dogs out of the front hall when we have visitors; Leave … Continue reading

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Dog Faming 2: Their Gifts to Us

Who knew that four photos and five short paragraphs would be my most popular blog post so far? I didn’t start Dog Faming but I hope I have done a little bit to promulgate it. I think its time has … Continue reading

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Classical Conditioning: Creating a Positive Response to Barking

Classical conditioning examples of dogs and other animals on YouTube are rare. And there’s a reason. It’s because the process is generally comparable to watching grass grow. The creature being conditioned isn’t necessarily doing anything. The action is often off camera. … Continue reading

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Play with Your Dog: For Research

Alexandra Horowitz and her Dog Cognition Lab are investigating play between dogs and people. So was there ever a more fun way to participate in a research study? For those who aren’t familiar with Dr. Horowitz, she wrote a great … Continue reading

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Replacing a Poisoned Cue

Today I’m sharing a hard-won victory and an improvement in my dog’s quality of life. I replaced a poisoned cue. Summer is my crossover dog, and unfortunately carries some baggage from that. We took three levels of obedience courses at … Continue reading

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Is It Really Just a Tap? Shock Collar Training Explained

Shock collar trainers have several names for the shocks that they administer through the collar. A tap. A stim. A nick. A page. Static. Application of pressure.  It sounds like something short and relatively benign. Even the word “shock,” although … Continue reading

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