Author Archives: Eileen Anderson

Evidence-Based Practice

Two years ago, I started having a neck problem that required physical therapy. My doctor sent me to a practice owned by one of his colleagues. I was treated by a licensed physical therapist. I promise this relates to dog … Continue reading

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How I TRAINED My Dog to Take a Pill

Most of us have used the “hide it” method at one time or another to get our dogs to take pills. In fact, I wrote a whole post about some ways to sneak pills into dogs. But there’s a better … Continue reading

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Posted in Handling and Husbandry | Tagged | 12 Comments

How to Soundproof a Dog Crate

You can’t. It’s almost impossible for the average person to soundproof a dog crate against low-frequency noises like thunder, or even against most higher frequency noises. Here’s why. Soundproofing is bulky, so you need lots of space. You essentially need … Continue reading

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“I Will Never Use the Shock Collar Again!”

This is a story from a client of one of my professional trainer friends. Let’s call my friend “Phoebe.” My friend had met the client for some coaching for her young, exuberant dog, Raven. But it was a very long … Continue reading

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Sound Decisions: A Webinar on Dogs and Sound

Have you struggled to protect your dog or your client’s dogs from intrusive sounds? You’ve probably heard the advice to cover a dog’s crate in heavy blankets or even acoustic foam if the dog is scared of thunder. But does … Continue reading

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If Your Dog Is Afraid of Fireworks, See Your Vet Now

Every year I post an article about last-minute things you can do to help your dog who is afraid of fireworks. We are coming up on Canada Day and U.S. Independence Day, and that means bangs and booms. Over the … Continue reading

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Posted in Dogs and sound, Fear, Sound sensitivity | Tagged | 6 Comments

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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Posted in Dog body language, Stress Signals | 12 Comments

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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Posted in Behavior Science, Positive Reinforcement | 27 Comments