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Learn About Behavior
Understand what makes your dog tick
Lisa’s Working Insights
Nuggets of wisdom gleaned while working with clients
Solving Behavior Problems
Help for dogs who are fearful, anxious and/or aggressive or whose behavior is simply making life difficult
How to Stop Puppy Biting
Puppy biting. Puppy teeth. Aren’t they special? Little laser sharp needles. Take heart, they will be gone by the time your puppy reaches 5 ½ months of age. If you are reading this article, you are probably looking for strategies to help you get over the hump with all...
Handling Interdog Aggression – Creating peace in the pack
Since you are reading this article, it will come as no surprise to you that dogs don’t always get along with each other, despite the fact that canis lupis familaris (domestic dog) is a social species. Heck, we humans are a social species too, and you know how that...
How to Use Rewards for the Best Trained Dog
It is absolutely possible to have a well-trained dog without the use of choke chains or shock collars! My current dog, who is now 4 years old, hikes off-leash and comes when called. Normally, I do not carry treats with me. Do I sometimes have to “tune him up”...
Fighting Pack-Mates, Oh My!
A veterinarian asked me one time if I handled inner-pack aggression (fighting pack-mates). I winced, took a deep breath and said something non-committal. I've given a lot of thought to that over the years. Dogs usually don't fight in a vacuum. The humans are part of...
Overly Reactive Dogs
What is really happening when your dog loses his mind. Dogs should be able to react to things in the environment. That is normal. But, when a dog's reactivity causes them to lose control of themselves and/or become uncontrollable in certain situations, we can say that...
New Dog Adjustment Period
New dogs need time to adjust. The rule of thumb is four to twelve months. It does not matter if the dog’s background was bad or pretty good, nor does it matter that your home is wonderful. Change is stressful for most dogs. It will take four months for them to begin...