You CAN’T Reinforce Fear, But You CAN Help Take It Away.

 Is your dog afraid of thunder and lightning? I have heard and seen people advising pet guardians to ignore their dogs when they are frightened.  They are warned that paying attention to the dog will make them worse and lead to the dog being more fearful in future. This is nonsensical.  As long as you
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Help – My Puppy is a Land Shark!

Why Do Puppies Nip? Since puppies are born without hands, the only way they have to explore the world is with their mouths.  And you may have noticed that your puppy is quite the explorer.  Everything goes into those little mouths, including your fingers, and those baby teeth are like little needles.  Ouch! It’s completely
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A Conversation with a Beagle

    I have just had the pleasure of two gorgeous girls enjoying a mini DogSmith Vacation with me.  The following is a conversation I had with the eldest girl on their last day of stay, after a short training session: DogSmith: “All finished.” Beagle: “What do you mean all finished? I think you have
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A Simple Explanation of Respondent Conditioning

As a dog training professional many of your clients will present behavioral or training challenges that are a result of an emotional response, a problematic emotional response. The observable behavior you see, the operant behavior is elicited because the dog is afraid, scared, anxious etc.  To change the problematic operant behavior you have to change
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Keep your four-legged family members safe and healthy during the holiday season.

  There are many new things happening around the house during the holiday season, visitors coming and going, new scents from holiday decorations, yummy edibles around the house and road trips to grandma. As pet parents, getting ready for the holiday season, you need to be aware of potential hazards the holidays may present to
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