Not Food Motivated?

Food rewards are a very powerful tool for changing behavior. They are generally very easy to use, as well. Pairing something a dog doesn’t like with a tasty treat can change their feelings. Rewarding a behavior with a bit of food will encourage them to repeat that behavior. Food is easy to use for training … Read moreNot Food Motivated?

Don’t Walk Your Dog?

Walking your dog can feel like a necessary chore, a part of being a responsible dog owner. But there are lots of reasons this task can become stressful, frustrating, or not possible. Good news! You don’t have to take your dog for that neighborhood walk, as long as you can meet their needs in other … Read moreDon’t Walk Your Dog?

Helping Your Fearful Dog: The Trick to Treats

Do you have a shy, anxious, or fearful dog? You’ve probably heard the advice to give them treats to help them overcome their fear. It’s great advice (unlike some of what’s out there…) but there are a few important tricks to using those treats safely and effectively! A Note on Safety If your dog’s behavior … Read moreHelping Your Fearful Dog: The Trick to Treats

The Case AGAINST Ignoring Bad Behavior

Whether it’s advice about cats, dogs, or kids, one suggestion is common: ignore bad behavior. That can seem like a good plan and sometimes it works, but sometimes it backfires. Is “ignore bad behavior” good advice, bad advice, or just one piece of the puzzle? Why Ignore Bad Behavior? Many behaviors are motivated by consequences, … Read moreThe Case AGAINST Ignoring Bad Behavior