In the United States, July 4th is the number one day for lost pets. Please keep pets indoors during scary fireworks.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
From the Mail Bag: Hi, we have a 1yr old Bologco
male who is an absolute sweet heart and very well behaved. The problem
starts when we leave for work. He is roughly left for two to three hours
maximum. He is put in the kitchen with food, water, stuffed Kong and
his bed. But he barks and barks on and off and is driving the neighbours
mad, which I totally understand
. He has no access to a Window so
is not being disturbed or scared by anything. There is no drool,
scratching or any signs of distress when we get home, he is quiet on our
arrival so I know he has ceased barking at some point. He is happy to
be alone in the house when we are maybe upstairs. He sleeps all night
long in the kitchen without as much as a peep. Any strategies you could
suggest would be very well received. Thank you.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
In our last post on classical conditioning, I talked about desensitization and starting the process at a point where our dogs are not afraid. Another term we use is "threshold". We want to start with our dogs below threshold and we want to stay below threshold during the entire process.
Monday, June 23, 2014
In our first post on classical conditioning, we talked about associations and how we can change a dog's feelings about something they don't like. An example was giving a dog a treat every time the mail delivery person appears.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
When we use luring, capturing, or shaping ( all hands off), followed by a treat to teach behaviors, we are using positive reinforcement - much more pleasurable for the dog - and scientifically it's a better method.
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In our last post on baths, we talked about how we might make the process a bit less daunting for our pets. If after applying those remedies, your dog still hates baths, you might need to work on desensitization and counter conditioning.