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  1. Why Not Take Candy From a Baby? (If he lets you!)

    Examines manipulation as part of social life, and the dog's need for clear boundaries & leadership. ...

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  2. Understanding Thresholds: It's More than Under- or Over-

    It is often heard and cheerfully given advice: "Keep him under threshold!" Yep. Can do. I think. Maybe. Um, how do I know? ...

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  3. Training with the Prong Collar

    A clear-eyed look at this controversial training equipment. ...

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  4. The Problem With Head Halters

    A look at some of the problems with using the popular head halters. ...

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  5. The Power of Social Interactions as Rewards

    Put down the cookies for a moment. Can you bring yourself to the table for your dog? You might be very surprised to learn how powerful social interaction can be as a reward. ...

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  6. The Habit of Excellence

    I admire excellence in any field, whether the excellence is shown in amazing cakes or handpainted silk jackets, in being able to fix almost anything mechanical (thank you, dear husband, for possessing that particular excellence!), in creating music that sings in my heart long after the final notes have faded from my ears. I have been privileged to watch many trainers who could create an agreement between themselves and a dog that was rich with nuance and harmony. ...

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  7. The Fine Art of Observation

    The importance of observing what your dog can tell you about himself, and how you can use that information to make humane training decisions. ...

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  8. The 3 P's: Does Your Dog Need Medication?

    When I was a young trainer, there were no veterinary behaviorists. There were no pyschotherapeutic medications. There were tranquilizers and sedatives, sure. Acepromazine was often the drug of choice. But sophisticated medications meant to address serotonin or dopamine imbalances? anxiolytics to get a dog through the Fourth of July fireworks display? Nope. ...

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  9. That Darned Dominance Debate

    Dog trainers often have a very hard time clearly defining what they mean by "dominance." Many oddly state that they refuse to "even believe" in the concept, as if it were something equivalent to extraterrestial life forms or leprechauns. I find this puzzling, and a bit disturbing, perhaps because in my view, this "I won't even believe in that!" approach doesn't speak to any thoughtful examination of a complex and sometimes emotionally charged topic. ...

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  10. Stop Poking Grandma! What's Fair Between Older Dogs & Puppies

    SCENE: Older woman with a brace on her knee, a cane nearby, and a big jar of arthritis pills clearly visible on the chairside table. She is clearly uncomfortable as she keeps waving away the child who keeps darting in to poke her and then dash away laughing. ...

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  11. Selecting Training Equipment

    The best training equipment in the world is of little use if your training techniques are not appropriate for you or your dog, and if the relationship between you and your dog needs some work. ...

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  12. Selecting for Vigor

    Thoughts on observing puppies during the crucial first days, and what should be considered when selecting breeding stock. ...

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  13. SCENT GAMES - Educating Your Dog's Nose

    Easy exercises & games to teach any dog scent discrimination as a fun & enjoyable game using his natural talents. ...

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  14. Rewards, Lures & Bribes

    What is the difference between a reward, a lure and a bribe? Explanations & tips. ...

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  15. Reliability and the Retrieve: Justifying the Ear Pinch?

    A realistic look at the justifications used by proponents of the force retrieve. ...

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  16. Relationship Centered Training

    Key points of keeping the relationship central to all you do with your dog. ...

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  17. Optimal Jump Height for Obedience?

    This originally appeared as a response to a question from a member of the Obed-Comp E-mail List. ...

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  18. Of Hostages & Relationships

    Do you need to isolate a dog or limit playtime with other dogs or people? ...

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  19. Lessons from the Masters

    Considers the lopsided "positive reinforcement only" approach to training. ...

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  20. Leadership Basics

    A simple guide to regaining your dog's respect in pleasant, non-confrontational ways. ...

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  21. JUMPING SERIES Part IV: Just Right Jumping

    Part IV in a series on jumping. This article deals with the importance of the conditions under which the dog will be asked to jump. ...

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  22. JUMPING SERIES Part III: I Think I Can!

    Part III in a series on jumping. This article deals with mental & emotional aspects & how they affect jumping. ...

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  23. JUMPING SERIES Part II: Can or Can't? Physical Causes of Jumping Problems

    Part II in a series on jumping. This article deals with physical limitations & how they affect jumping. ...

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  24. JUMPING SERIES Part I: Why Fluffy Can't Go Hup

    Part I in a series on the important skill of jumping. This article deals with the basics of jumping problems. ...

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  25. It Takes a Pack to Raise a Puppy

    Understanding what a puppy expects and needs from his family. ...

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  26. If Only That Hadn't Happened, This Dog Would Be Fine

    Why are some dogs shy? fearful? nervous? aggressive? irritable? unfriendly? difficult to train? clingy? unable to be left alone? ...

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  27. How Much Does Your Dog's Cooperation Weigh?

    Physical struggles aren't the point in relationship based training. ...

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  28. Hard to Train?

    A look at "difficult-to-train" breeds and the reality of what shapes these canine minds. ...

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  29. Handling On-lead Aggression

    A common behavior problems, on-lead aggression involves the handler & unintentional training. Here's how to resolve the problem without using aggression of your own. ...

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  30. Guidelines for Teaching Self Control

    Teaching your dog self control as the foundation for all other learning. ...

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  31. Green Eggs & Ham & Dog Training?

    Taking a tip from Dr. Seuss is a fun & easy way to liven up your training. ...

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  32. Go Say HI 1-2-3 for Dog-to-Dog Introductions

    This Relationship Centered Training™ (RCT) technique is simple, effective and helps dogs learn to greet each other in brief, low arousal introductions. ...

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  33. Fitness In Your Back Yard

    Exercise has benefits for dogs too! Some simple ideas for keeping your couch potato in reasonable shape. ...

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  34. Even Though...

    Even Though. . . ...

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