Jan 272014
 
Canine Behavior and Our Expectations

I tend to be pretty precise in the behavior I look for when training my dogs. I use a high frequency reward rate, higher than anyone I know or see on a regular basis. I am always looking to shape behavior with success. When training agility obstacles, or concepts such as commitment, convergence, distance, direction, effort to get to obstacles, etc; my expectations are completely based on what I see while I am training and the actual results I get during the [More…]

Mar 302013
 
Rehabilitation of a Serious Canine MCL Injury!

Recovery from a serious soft tissue injury, such as a ligament tear/strain, or maybe a meniscus tear can be a long process, but in some cases using rest and slow rehabilitation without surgical intervention is much better than the surgical alternative. Recently a study in people demonstrated the long term process can be better in fact than using a surgical procedure. In some cases it is easy to get through a minor injury, but on the other hand there is a lot [More…]

Feb 112013
 
Wanna Play? Play Fighting is Constant Communication

Wanna Play? Poke, poke, poke! Stevie Ray being prodded into play fighting with her pup Joey. So cool to watch him as he pokes her pretty hard with his nose, attempting to goad her into a game. Down he goes immediately to his back, tail wagging an scratching it as he wiggles about exposing his neck and chest to Stevie Ray. He is so gentle with her, giving her absolute control. He even knows he needs to be gentle and is far [More…]

Oct 062011
 
Your Dog Has Been Taken By The Law!  What is Normal Behavior Now?

What would you expect from your dog, or any normal dog if some stranger in a uniform came into your home and into your personal space, leaned over you and grabbed you, took you from that home with your family and the love you were used to and placed you in a small cage and took you away from them in a strange vehicle to a strange place.  Then they put you in another cage, albeit a little larger, but likely with [More…]

Sep 262011
 
Using Desensitization to Overcome Fear of Strangers

Is your dog afraid of people?  Afraid of men, or maybe men with beards?  How about men or anyone wearing hats?  Experience with  people is often neglected with young dogs.  Maybe they grew up in isolation at a breeder’s, or at a previous owner before they were rescued.  We often wonder why dogs have issues with strangers, but they may truly lack any experience and have had to deal with strangers and the situations they present, completely on their own without guidance.  [More…]

Aug 282011
 
The Use of Fear Flooding in Dogs and Dog Training

We face fear flooding all the time in normal life as people.  Every time we do something new.  Maybe it is the first time you take your new puppy to puppy class, or maybe that first Dog Agility Trial.  How good you are at handling stress of this nature will certainly impact how easily and quickly you adapt to the circumstances around you.  This is also true of your dog and in fact, if they sense the apprehension in you, it will [More…]

Aug 092011
 
Observing Canine Behavior Saves Lives

My Bullseye View comes from detailed and objective observation of behavior and the accurate determination of cause and effect, or rather, stimulus and response. When I see something occur, I believe it occurred for a reason, always. If it was not as expected I wonder and try to determine why. If things repeatedly re-occur that way, then I am sure. Then as I see obvious patterns in behavior, I can do two things. One is to rewind the video of what I [More…]

Aug 082011
 
Stress Free: Helping Your Dog See The World In a Better Way

You don’t have to look very far to see what stress can do in a dog.  I walk a mile around my neighborhood and I will face at least three dogs who bark and scream at me and my dogs with amazing intensity.  I often wonder how long it will be before they are in for a hernia. There are a few more who bark incessantly, but are not necessarily blowing a gasket to do so.  Then, in that same mile, there [More…]

Aug 072011
 
Your Dog's Attention and Focus Hold the Key to the Future

A dog is not looking at the world and thinking about other things. They are not thinking about the agility trial next weekend, or training in the yard later. They are not thinking about the view, or how nice the weather is or how great it is to get out and stretch their legs. They are thinking about what they smell, what they hear and what they see. If they were swimming, they might be thinking about what they feel and what [More…]

Aug 012011
 
Kidney: My Dog's Acquired Taste - Using Desensitization

So I asked my friend Joe (Joe More), not to be confused with my dog Joey, what he thought the chances of Joey eating the kidney in his meal today were after refusing to eat it yesterday; he hummed and hawed.  In the end he gave in to my hints that he should go with Joey eating it. From my perspective, the answer was obvious.  All of my dogs eat their raw meat and bone dinner as though they are eating an [More…]