Losing your cool with your dog is never cool

I saw something horrifying on Tuesday. I was working with two of my fantastic clients and their Bernese Mountain Dog puppy. I was hired to help McIntire with a bit of fear around men, hand shyness, and other assorted issues such as teaching him to have better off leash control.

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Can a dog get too much exercise?

Exercise usually does a dog good, but there are times when too much exercise and activity cna actually be counter productive. Read on for a client case study.

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Are dog bootcamps a good idea?

Another potential client contacted me a while back to "fix" her dog that she dropped off at a "boot camp" for two weeks.

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Causes and treatment of dog on leash aggression

Barrier Frustration can occur if a dog is behind a window, fence, or on leash and is not allowed to interact with the environment. After a while, she may get frustrated and aggressive. One indicator of Barrier Frustration having a part in aggression is if a dog barks behind barriers and is calm around dogs when off-leash, but is very aggressive behind a barrier or on-leash. Dogs, of course, can also show aggression no matter how much they are being contained as well.

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Jeff Millman
Mary and Josh, thanks for your comments. My feeling about throwing a blanket over a dog that is barking is that it might solve the... Read More
Tuesday, 24 January 2012 22:29
Jeff Millman
Glad you found the article helpful. Lowering your dog's anxiety whenever possible can help immensely. This includes boredom. Good ... Read More
Thursday, 21 February 2013 17:07
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Tips for dogs afraid of petting

One of the more frequent issues with shy dogs is to be afraid of getting petted by strangers. When dogs are getting petted the person is close to them, they are looking at them, they are looming over them and then they touch them. These are all potential triggers for anxiety or aggression. If your dog is shy, you should help her get comfortable with people to avoid escalation of anxiety, which could potentially lead to aggression.

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Choke chains can increase dog aggression

I got a sad call from a new client recently. She said her dog was showing signs of dog-dog aggression and, from the advice of someone in the dog park, she hired a trainer that uses choke chains. She said initially the training wasn't too physical, but she ended up firing him because of his increasingly abusive techniques when dogs were around her dog.

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Hi Bruny, thanks for your comment. If you are in my area and are interested in private training services, you can fill out my dog ... Read More
Saturday, 01 January 2011 22:29
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Do not ask an aggressive dog to sit

I work with dog-dog aggression a lot. I get lots of practice in the congested city of Chicago, and I use techniques that work. As with any training topic, there are many competing strategies out there, but I urge you to think about the psychology of anxiety and aggression.

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