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Each week, we feature an article on dog behavior, intelligence or training that we find especially useful for dog owners.  Click here for Index.

December 19-31, 1999             [ Top ] [ Past Picks ]
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HEALTHY HOLIDAYS FOR DOGS: To keep your dogs safe and healthy during this festive season, check out two helpful sites, Holiday Pet Hazards and What not to feed your dog.
EXTRA: Veterinarians offer 10 helpful holiday tips

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THERAPY DOG STORIES: Here are 5 warm-hearted stories of therapy dogs and their owners: Bailey the Siberian Husky & Carlee the Rottweiler & Cedric the Golden Retriever & Cody the Leonberger & Kudzu the Coonhound.

November 28-December 4, 1999                [ Top ]
Alpha Schmalpha: Are you considering using the "owner as alpha wolf" discipline techniques? Are they valid based on actual wolf behavior?  Does your dog understand "wolf talk"?

November 21-27, 1999                          [ Top ]
Puppy Aptitude Test: In 9 simple steps, you can find puppies likely to be aggressive, independent, submissive or accepting of human leaders. Use them to find a pup well suited to you.

November 14-20, 1999                          [ Top ]
Fox Trots with Wolves: Teach your dog how to perform the behavior you want before you teach the command that goes with it -- to avoid confusing your canine with "chatter."

November 7-13, 1999                           [ Top ]
Catch the canine clues: Dogs offer us many clues to their moods and behavior, but their messages can be subtle.   You can improve care and training if you watch your dog closely.

October 31-November 6, 1999                  [ Top ]
Positive Puppy Socialization: If you want your dog to go places and participate in varied activities happily, your pup must have varied experiences during its first 8-16 weeks.  Here's how.

October 24-30, 1999                            [ Top ]
Kids & dogs can get along: What breeds are good with kids? Most breeds if the dogs are well prepared.   Here is a thoughtful step-by-step plan to socialize pups for life in an active family.

October 10-23, 1999                            [ Top ]
Squirt guns & shake cans teach wrong lessons: While many behaviorists recommend correcting a dog with these devices, others say they damage the trust between dog and owner.

October 3-9, 1999                               [ Top ]
Canine Drives and Drives & Breed Personalities: Dog behaviors can be grouped into 4 basic drives -- and dog breeds are known for high and low levels of these drives. Still every dog is an individual.

September 26-October 2, 1999                 [ Top ]
Dog Behavior is in the Genes: Dogs have "behavior priorities" built into their genes due to centuries of breeding for specific jobs. Understanding these canine imperatives can benefit training.

September 19-25, 1999                          [ Top ]
Testing for a Top Working Pup -- Here are 7 simple tests for selecting a puppy to be an assistance, service or other working dog. Qualities such as confidence, willingness, intelligence and trust are assessed.

September 12-18, 1999                          [ Top ]
Five Dog Personality Types & Bonding with Your Dog:  These two articles help you learn your dog's main personality type so you can tailor your training methods and the approach you take to bonding.

September 5-11, 1999                           [ Top ]
Nothing In Life Is Free Method: With some dogs, owners need real behavior modification to reduce shy, fearful or agressive behavior.  NILIF may be a better method than the Alpha Wolf Rollover. Your view?

August 29-September 4, 1999                  [ Top ]
Train with a "tough love" approach: No matter how cute your puppy, don't let it do things you won't want it to do as an adult. Here is a plan to use from a pup's first meal!

August 21-28, 1999                              [ Top ]
Proponents of the Koehler training method say it is based on dogs learning to make decisions for their own comfort, while opponents argue the method is old-fashioned and irresponsible. You decide.

August 15-21, 1999                              [ Top ]
Wonder why training confuses a dog?   Put yourself in your dog's place at training school -- and try to figure out what the clickers are telling you!  Gain new insights here for your training approach!

August 8-14, 1999                              [ Top ]
Start training pups -- with common sense: No matter the sport or activity you're training for, the wise advice in this article is "must reading."  Don't ruin that enthusiastic pup! 

August 1-7, 1999                                [ Top ]
Online "VidBook" on Dog Training: All you need to know about basic dog training is here -- 33 web pages of text, pictures and video!  You'll actually see how to do many key steps correctly.  Handy for you -- and new puppy owners!

July 18-31, 1999                                [ Top ]
Reduce your dog's obsessive behaviors:  Most dog owners must deal with their dogs' barking, chewing, digging -- behaviors that are sometimes excessive. Try these suggestions.

July 4-17, 1999                                 [ Top ]
Training dogs to come:  No matter your experience level, you can benefit from this in-depth look at training the important "come" command.  Learn why you should never chase your dog and more.

June 27-July 3, 1999                           [ Top ]
Conditioning & training: This helpful primer looks at positive & negative reinforcement and at positive & negative punishment -- four key behavior modification strategies and their pros and cons.

June 20-26, 1999                              [ Top ]
Dog's emotions & instincts: Everything a dog does is driven by emotion or emotion and instinct together, factors too often overlooked in dog training. Harness them to improve training!

June 13-19, 1999                             [ Top ]
Canine Behaviour & Dog Sports: a Schutzhund dog trainer says establishing order through stress is normal for dogs, and is one aspect of dog behavior that successful dog trainers must know.

June 6-12, 1999                             [ Top ]
A Dog and a Dolphin: Click on this article at the menu for a look at clicker training for performing dolphins -- and applications to successful dog training -- by noted author Karen Pryor.

May 30-June 5, 1999                      [ Top ]
Learn basic steps in canine massage:   sports muscle massage for working dogs can help ease sore muscles and keep dogs in top form for competition, says this illustrated article in Mushing magazine.

May 23-29, 1999                           [ Top ]
Bonding key to dog/human relationship: improve your success in dog training by understanding the critical role of a puppy's need for bonding, and the "super alpha" role of the trainer.

May 16-22, 1999                         [ Top ]
Picking a pup for a working program: Look for this array of traits -- and try these simple tests -- to select the pup with a sound personality for working or dog sports.

May 9-15, 1999                           [ Top ]
Dog owners can learn to reduce "sibling dog fights" when they see how their own behavior sends cues to the dogs in their home. The author advises counter-conditioning and benevolent dominance.

May 2-8, 1999                            [ Top ]
What do dogs find "positively reinforcing?" This article looks at items and strategies that trainers typically use for reinforcement -- from food to praise -- revealing what really works with dogs!

April 25-May 1, 1999                    [ Top ]
Reduce possession aggression: Dogs will guard food or objects with noisy aggression unless well trained.  Here are steps to train a dog to give you a ball, a shoe or a bone -- without a contest of wills.

April 18-24, 1999                         [ Top ]
Learn to speak "Doglish" now:
 Eye contact, body language and voice tone are keys to "Doglish," communication dogs understand. Use the Peacock position? Don't yell? Learn why.

April 11-17, 1999                        [ Top ]
Motivational Training: Learn B.F. Skinner's "big 3" principles -- and how they work in
"motivational" or "treat" or "clicker" training with great success. Plus basic obedience training for your dog.

April 4-10, 1999                         [ Top ]
Dogs are from Sirius, Humans from Earth:  This 5-part series explores human-dog communication to improve our ability to understand dogs and improve key behavior management.

March 21-April 3, 1999                  [ Top ]
How Dogs Think: this fascinating look at how dogs think using "images" provides valuable insights to use in training, whether for a pet or for sports like obedience or agility.

March 14-20, 1999                      [ Top ]
Building confidence in a shy or omega dog: an in-depth look at useful strategies that can be beneficial for the pet dog in your home as well as to the working canine.

March 7-13, 1999                       [ Top ]
Dog intelligence/working ratings: Stanley Coren developed controversial ratings of dog breed intelligence as it impacts training and working. Gary Wilkes offers a different view.

February 28-March 6, 1999             [ Top ]
Teaching the "settle" command: Many working dogs are active and energetic, and the "settle" command is a valuable one for dogs to know -- for use when you need to calm them down.

February 21-27, 1999                   [ Top ]
Four rules for varying reinforcement:
After opening comments on rewards, you'll find an important article on varying reinforcements in training, including four rules for success.

February 14-20, 1999                   [ Top ]
Why the clicker is better than words:
An easy-to-read look at characteristics of the best reinforcing systems for training dogs to take commands for work, sports and obedience trials.

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How to love your dog!  Get in the Valentine's Day spirit -- visit this site with your kids for fun and a Love Your Dog Contract.

January 31-February 6, 1999            [ Top ]
Diagnosis & Treatment of Canine Sports Disorders -- the number of dogs in sports -- agility to racing -- is growing.  Janet Lelonde, DVM, looks at dogs' sports ailments and care.

January 24-30, 1999                   [ Top ]
Dogs Are Problem Solvers!
This article by Connie Cleveland explores dogs' problem-solving behavior and how you can use it when training dogs for obedience or other activity.

January 17-23, 1999                   [ Top ]
Successful strategies for teaching dogs self control.  This article by Suzanne Clothier teaches you to train, not restrain.

January 10-16, 1999                  [ Top ]
Useful activities for the dog left home alone.
Includes a link to the famous Kong food-stuffed dog toy.

January 3-9, 1999                    [ Top ]
How to get your dog to listen to you. Adapt the basic body language and tones of dogspeak to improve your canine communication.

December 27-January 2, 1999        [ Top ]
The Conditioned Canine -- for peak performance. This fine article from Dogs in Canada is by Janet Lalonde, D.V.M.

December 20-26, 1998                [ Top ]
Is the Basenji more
jackal than wolf? 
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