Category Archives: Dogs’ perceptions

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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My Dog Is Afraid of the Clicker. What Should I Do?

I wrote this article especially for people who are either new to using a clicker or have not dealt extensively with a fearful dog. If your dog is scared by the noise of the clicker, slow down. Switch to a … Continue reading

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Posted in Clicker, Fear, Sound sensitivity, Stress Signals | 6 Comments

Coping with In-Home Construction with Dogs

Life intervenes in our most careful, gradual training programs sometimes. I’ve got a dog that was born feral and a recovering reactive dog, both of whom I work with on their issues, including that I take regular lessons from a very talented … Continue reading

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Summer’s Turtle Diary

I was reminded again this week of the awesome olfactory capabilities of dogs. My dog Summer has a passion for turtles. Passion is maybe not the right word. Fixation, love-hate relationship. She wants to get them and chew them up. … Continue reading

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dogs and prey, Dogs' sense of smell, Predation, Scent work | Tagged | 6 Comments

It’s OK to Comfort Your Dog!

U.S. folks and Canadians, get ready for the fireworks! People in the U.S. and Canada are getting ready for national holidays that often include all sorts of loud pops and booms from fireworks and firecrackers, even cannons and guns. These kinds … Continue reading

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Posted in Desensitization and Counterconditioning, Fear, Reactivity, Sound sensitivity | Tagged , , , , , | 12 Comments

What Happened to Summer’s Thunderstorm Phobia?

Is it weird to write a post saying that something really shouldn’t have worked, but look, it kind of did? Is it irresponsible even? I keep pondering why I feel the need to explain all the strikes I had against me … Continue reading

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Thresholds: The Movie

I have made a movie about thresholds in dog training. It gives a quick overview of the work that I presented in my webinar for the Pet Professional Guild. (Click here for a script of the movie; there is a lot of … Continue reading

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Posted in Behavior analysis, Classical conditioning, Desensitization and Counterconditioning, Dogs' perceptions, Escape/Avoidance, Negative Reinforcement, Stress Signals, Terminology | Tagged , , , | 28 Comments

7 Common Dog Training Errors: More Cautionary Tales

I have to admit that I likely have a fair number of readers who look forward to reading about my mistakes. But hey, I asked for it, from the very first day of the blog. My previous post on common … Continue reading

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Posted in Dog body language, Dog training hints, Dogs' perceptions, Generalization, Human and dog misunderstandings, Multiple dogs, Stress Signals | 23 Comments

How To Protect Your Dog From Loud and Scary Sounds

If you have: a dog who reacts to noises while at home; a smartphone or tablet that can send a signal to wireless speakers; and wireless speakers …you can protect your dog from some sounds that might bother him.**  What … Continue reading

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8 Common Dog Training Errors: Cautionary Tales

As the great trainer Bob Bailey says, training is simple but not easy. The principles are very simple and straightforward, but actually applying them in practice can be very difficult. I’ve mentioned many times that I am not a professional … Continue reading

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Posted in Dog body language, Dog training hints, Dogs' perceptions, Generalization, Human and dog misunderstandings, Multiple dogs, Stress Signals | Tagged , , | 45 Comments