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  1. 10 Tips for Problem Behavior

    10 basic rules that will help you teach your dog more desirable behavior. ...

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  2. Aggression & Some Reasons Behind It

    Understanding why a dog might feel the need to act aggressively, and recognizing the early signs in the dog's body language. ...

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  3. Aggression Basics

    A brief look at the causes of aggression, and how to begin sorting out what's what. ...

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  4. AGGRESSION: A Case History with Harry T

    A look at a troubled relationship and the problems for both dog & handler revolving around on-lead aggression. Harry T's unusual perspective on this common problem may surprise you! ...

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  5. Basics of RAT (Relationship Assessment Tool)

    Evaluating on a Foundation Level ...

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  6. Dog is in the Details

    One trainer wrote: "A dog who puts its feet on you, a dog who seems to like pinning you down in your chair with its head on your lap is not being affectionate but rather treating you like a member of the pack that can be pushed, stepped on, and held down. Dr. Karen Overall warns that such signs should be read for what they are. Dominance aggression in an overt form should come as no sudden surprise if this kind of behavior has been observed in the past." ...

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  7. Even Though...

    Even Though. . . ...

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  8. Guidelines for Teaching Self Control

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

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  9. 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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  10. Hard to Train?

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

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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. The Problem With Head Halters

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

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  17. 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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