Author Archives: Eileen Anderson

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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Posted in Dog body language, Stress Signals | Tagged , | 10 Comments

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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Posted in Cues, Humor, Reinforcement | Tagged , | 26 Comments

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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6 Ways to Prepare for the Bangs and Booms

I’m sorry I’m so late with my fireworks post this year. But there are still some things you can do. You can take action now to help your dog be a bit less afraid of the unpredictable scary sounds of fireworks, … Continue reading

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Posted in Dogs and sound, Fear, Management | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

All That’s Unpleasant Does Not Punish

I’ve written a lot about the behavior science definitions of reinforcement and punishment. That’s because they can trip us up so easily. Something can be attractive, but not always reinforce behavior. Something can be unpleasant, but not serve to decrease … Continue reading

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Posted in Aversive stimulus, Behavior Science, Extinction, Punishment | 4 Comments

Resistance to Extinction Can Be Incredibly Annoying

I’ve written before about the concept of “resistance to extinction” and how it’s not all that it’s cracked up to be when we want strong, fluent behaviors from our dogs. Unfortunately, the situation where we are likely to notice resistance … Continue reading

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Posted in Cues, Extinction | 20 Comments

IAABC Writing Mentorships With Eileen Anderson: 2019

I’m pleased to announce that I am offering writing mentorships for trainers and behavior professionals through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) again in 2019. The mentorships will enable professionals to improve their writing and better represent their businesses. Mentees who … Continue reading

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My Dog’s Emotional State: Crucial to Training

I always flinch a little when people start to discuss dogs’ emotions. What’s coming? Relevant, evidence-based observations or woo? I’ve removed some words from my own vocabulary when talking about dogs because of this. Even though my relationships with my … Continue reading

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Posted in Aggression, Dog body language, Fear, Resource guarding, Why Use Positive Reinforcement? | Tagged , | 17 Comments

1:1 Pairings: The Science Behind Clicking and Treating

A guest post by Eduardo Fernandez,  first published in 2001 in the now out-of-print American Animal Trainer Magazine as “Click or Treat: A Trick or Two in the Zoo.” A recent discussion on an Association of Zoos and Aquariums listserv, … Continue reading

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Does a Wagging Tail Mean a Happy Dog?

Why do dogs wag their tails? The prevailing view is that they do so when they feel happy and friendly. Many do, but dogs also wag their tails in other situations. So the answer to the title question is no. … Continue reading

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Posted in Dog body language, Human and dog misunderstandings | Tagged , | 9 Comments