How Genetics Relate to Behavior: Uncovering the History of Dogs

Do different breeds have different sensitive periods? What’s the biggest developmental difference between dogs and wolves? Did domestication happen? Once? More than once? Does a dog’s breed or mix, predict their personality or how they will behave? Elinor Karlsson and...

Wait for It: Discussing Duration in All Its Forms

Duration comes in many forms in dog training. Down stays, calm holds, or a sustained sit pretty are what we normally think of when adding duration to behaviors. However, performing motion behaviors such as heeling or leg weaves are duration behaviors too. For some...

Bark-Lunge 101

Barking, lunging, snarling, snapping, and other behaviors lumped under the “dog-directed reactivity” umbrella are some of the most common pet guardians struggle with. In the world of pet dog training, management for life is a common prescription for these behaviors,...

Arousal and the All-Important “Threshold”

When we refer to a dog going “over threshold,” we are referring to the point at which the dog transitions from high arousal, into a state where the thinking part of the brain is dulled, and the dog’s behavior becomes driven almost exclusively by instinct and emotion....

The Science of Making Dogs Happy

Traditionally, models of animal welfare have focused on the prevention of harm. Now that we are used to thinking of dogs and other animals as sentient, it is recognized that good animal welfare also includes positive experiences. So what does this mean for dog...

Where Will the Good Dogs Come From?

In this talk, Jessica explores the current and future landscape of the acquisition of dogs. An increase in demand for dogs has made finding a good dog challenging and this looming crisis has come to a head as demand has spiked during the pandemic. A lack of puppies or...

Conducting Successful and Safe Inter-Dog Introductions

During this hour-long presentation, you will learn about the tools and steps for conducting successful and safe inter-dog introductions. Mara will address shaping appropriate behaviors for high-arousal greeters as well as foundational skills required for successful...

Arousal and Aggression: When There’s Fuel Behind the Fire

What does “arousal” have to do with aggressive behaviors in dogs? In some cases, arousal can be the catalyst for an intense, aggressive response, sometimes redirected at something a dog may not even be focused on. We may also see cases where a dog in a highly aroused...

The I in Team: How Veterinary Partnerships Can Work for You

Working with veterinary professionals is not just about training cooperative care or dropping off your business cards. Focusing on your work with veterinary professionals can help you grow and maintain a thriving business. Join me for a practical approach to being...

Getting to Yes: Encouraging Your Dog to Cooperate in His Own Care

Cooperative care has become a hot buzz phrase in the dog training world. And that’s a really good thing! Many owners and trainers are coming to recognize the value of training our dogs to be active partners in their physical care processes. Throughout their lifetimes,...

Our Take on Mistakes: The Cake!

Every training system needs to entail strategies to accomplish desired learning while dealing with mistakes and mishaps in a productive way. The better thought-through and prepared you are, the better your chances are of responding to various errors or less desired...

Sound Advice: Help for Your Noise Sensitive Dog

Fear of sudden or loud noises is a common problem facing dogs and working with it takes a specific approach. What may start out as a little startle response when an unusual noise happens can turn into a phobia very quickly in certain dogs, and fear of one sound can...