Author Archives: Eileen Anderson

Teaching Your Dog to Self-Interrupt

Here is something I taught with positive reinforcement that enhances Clara’s life and mine. I’ve taught her to respond positively to being interrupted, and even to interrupt herself. This trained behavior helps us get along smoothly from day to day, … Continue reading

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Edit Yourself: A New Writing Course for Dog Professionals

If you are a professional dog trainer, you probably have to write a lot. If you have a small business, hiring a copyeditor every time you put out a document is not feasible. But my new course provides a practical … Continue reading

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3 Reasons a Little Dog Might Not Lie Down on Cue

When I first started training dogs, things that didn’t work were a mystery to me. Why couldn’t I reward Summer with chasing squirrels like everybody said I could? Why couldn’t I find that slot in the layout of her teeth … Continue reading

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The Stages of Crossover

When I crossed over to training with positive reinforcement, I had no idea how much my behavior and even my belief system would need to change. I had to question my faith in some long-held cultural assumptions and learn to … Continue reading

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Guess What! That Dog Video Is Probably Fake!

Most of us are beguiled by videos where dogs appear to be doing something very human or beyond what we usually consider to be their intelligence level. Creators of fake dog videos exploit this tendency to get clicks. They make … Continue reading

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How Does Dogs’ Hearing Compare To Humans’?

There is a lot of misunderstanding out there about how well dogs hear. It’s true that their hearing is better than that of humans in a couple ways. They can hear higher-pitched sounds than humans can, and they can hear quieter … Continue reading

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Shelter Pup “Smiles” From FEAR After She’s Adopted

The viral video linked below shows a scared puppy. The puppy huddles at the back of an enclosure. At the beginning of the video, her front legs are braced, pushing her backward. She blinks and squints repeatedly. She looks away … Continue reading

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Oops! I Trained the Better Than Perfect Recall!

What if your dog’s recall is so good that she comes before you call her? The little movie featured in this post shows the myriad ways a smart dog can mess up your plans. The Original Goal: Film That Recall! … Continue reading

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Eileenanddogs 2019 9th Annual Pet Blogger Challenge

Thank you to GoPetFriendly for another opportunity to learn about other pet blogs and to showcase my own. These are my answers to the 2019 Pet Blogger Challenge. For those who may be visiting your blog for the first time, … Continue reading

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Starting Soon: IAABC Writing Mentorships With Eileen Anderson

There is still time to sign up for my writing mentorships that start this Sunday, January 13th, 2019. You can take steps to improve your business writing and earn serious CEUs for CCPDT, IAABC, or KPA. During the eight-week course, … Continue reading

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