Tag Archives: Clara

Training Levels: Making it My Own

One of the very cool things about Sue Ailsby’s Training Levels is that they are extremely structured but also completely individualizable. The Levels provide a method of learning to communicate with your dog and teach her concepts, in the guise … Continue reading

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Dog Facial Expressions: Stress

Poor Clara had her yearly vet visit this past week. She is my feral dog, and although I have two socialization sessions with her every week and she is making great progress, I have not worked with her at the … Continue reading

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Safety Behaviors: Down at a Distance and Recalls

These behaviors may save a dog’s life someday. Today I practiced two of our three main safety behaviors: coming when called, and dropping and staying at a distance. We left Zen, the third, for another day. Down on a hand … Continue reading

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Get Out of My Face! Teaching an Incompatible Behavior

Ever since she arrived at my home at the age of 10 weeks, Clara has been a challenge. One of her more problematic behaviors was her mugging of my face whenever it got within range. It happened all the time. … 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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Dog Faming

Many of you are probably familiar with the trend of “dog shaming.” It consists of taking a photo of your dog next to a sign describing a naughty thing they have done, preferably with evidence of the misdeed. I’m not … Continue reading

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The Barking Recall

Here is an “almost Wordless Wednesday” (except my videos tend to have a lot of words in them!). I have been working with Clara since she was tiny to make sure she didn’t “catch” some of Summer’s reactive behaviors, and … Continue reading

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The Missed Cue: Attack of the Zen Field

Up to this point, all of my Missed Cue videos have been set up. After I discover or suspect a hole in my dogs’ training I set them up in a situation in which I’m guessing they will fail, and … Continue reading

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Dog Body Language Study

Observations? Analyses? Comments? I’ll post mine in a couple days.

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