You don't have to be a behaviour geek like me to have heard of a recent study that proclaimed dogs preferred praise over treats. If you haven't, the following article from The Bark magazine by noted Applied Animal Behaviourist Karen B. London explains it best: https://thebark.com/content/study-dogs-preferences-praise-versus-treats. So is it true? The answer is: It … [Read more...] about Praise vs Treats: You might be feeding but are you reinforcing?
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You’ve seen those dogs riding in cars - head stretched out the window, ears flapping in the wind and an expression of pure joy on their face. Yet your young dog has to be physically forced into the car and once inside is a drooling, barfing picture of misery. Car sickness can be a common problem for puppies and young dogs. It may start off as motion-related but can quickly … [Read more...] about What to do if your dog gets car sick
Having a dog with separation anxiety is heartbreaking and stressful. Unfortunately it's also not uncommon. Some dogs experience true separation anxiety where they are so closely bonded to their human that they can't cope when that person leaves, even if there are other people around. More prevalent is isolation distress in which a dog can tolerate their main human's absence as … [Read more...] about Separation Anxiety in dogs
Between sub-zero temperatures and an abundance of salt on city sidewalks, keeping your dog physical and mentally stimulated can be challenging in winter. It may be tempting to camp out in front of the fire until the spring thaw but a lack of activity for your four legged pal can lead to more destructive behaviour, weight gain, boredom, poor listening skills and even an erosion … [Read more...] about Baby it’s cold outside! Top 5 tips for keeping your dog active in winter
Here are a few real life examples of responses from new puppy parents when asked about plans to socialize their new puppy: "My vet/breeder told me not to socialize my puppy until he's had all his shots" "I have another dog at home so my puppy is getting socialized" "Our puppy goes to the dog park. He is sometimes afraid of bigger dogs but he has to get used to … [Read more...] about How to socialize a puppy: top 10 tips