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Are You Dealing with a Conditioned Fear Response?

Summary: A conditioned fear response (CFR) is different than other fear responses in several ways... Another trademark of this kind of a fear is that a CFR is not only resistant to extinction, the the CFR is more likely to display spontaneous recovery
More Info: Hope you enjoyed this article. It is covered in more detail in my CFR e-training course

DWAA Nominated Articles - Runner Up

A Nose for Trouble

Summary: several breeds are bred for a compact nose, including bulldog breeds, Pekinese, Pugs, Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apso, Boston Terriers, and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. This kind of a nose structure often creates a respiratory problem...
~2008 Finalist DWAA (Dog Writers Association of America)

More Info: Hope you enjoyed this article. This article uses what is known as "calming signals." In the book Training the Hard to Train Dog, you will find more information on calming signals, along with how to use massage to sooth a dog, in the chapter Nervous Nellies.

Dominant or Assertive Dog Part 1

Summary: One of the most confusing characteristics of the Jack Russell Terrier is the assertiveness of the dog. This is mistakenly tagged as canine dominance, even by experienced dog trainers. This error can create training disasters...
~2008 Finalist DWAA (Dog Writers Association of America)

More Info: More available in the book Training the Hard to Train Dog.

Dominant or Assertive Dog Part 2

Summary: ...one of the best ways to understand the assertive nature of a dog is to look at how that nature is used by the dogs. Herding dogs are typically assertive. Take for example...
More Info: More information available in the book Training the Hard to Train Dog.

Shy or Abused?

Summary: The truth of the mater was that no man or woman ever beat the dog. Alexis' true problem was that she was extremely shy. Likewise, I'm willing to bet that the woman who adopted the dog she thought had been abused was also dealing with an extremely shy terrier.
~2009 Nominee DWAA (Dog Writers Association of America)

More Info: Hope you enjoyed this article. A lot of people have no idea what to do with shy, frightened, and dog who seem afraid of the world. In the book Training the Hard to Train Dog, the chapter on Nervous Nellies can help you with these kind of dogs.

Electronic Training Collars-The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Published by: Off Lead Magazine
Summary: This article was written about how a person can use an electronic dog collar for training, and not just for punishment. 
Finalist in DWAA (Dog Writers Association of America) Off Lead Special Award for Best Training Article, 2002.

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Bad Dog or Anxious Dog - Dealing with Separation Anxiety

Summary: There are two parts to resolving separation anxiety in your dog. The first part is to accurately identify the problem and the second is to find the right training to solve the issue. About fifteen years ago, before I learned how to solve separation anxiety in dogs, I didn’t always recognize the problem...

Calming Signals that Help

Summary: Before an agility run, I was talking to Kelly Misegadis...Suddenly, Hoosier began what Kelly later described as a reverse sneeze. Instead of blowing air out, the Boston Terrier began to snort air inward in short, rapid, and inefficient breaths. There was no missing the panic in Hoosier’s eyes as the dog suffered the equivalent of having the breath knocked out of him...

Breaking Treat Blackmail

Summary: "Watch this, the dog has me trained." I watched as Larry picked up a treat and asked Kelsey to jump on his lap. Kelsey complied. "Now watch this." Larry put her down and set a handful of treats on the table next to him. He again asked Kelsey to jump on his lap. Kelsey looked at Larry and cocked her head as if she didn't understand. He said, "I can't even fake her out." He pretended to pick up a treat and asked her to jump up. Kelsey again cocked her head and looked at him intently. "Now watch." Larry picked up the treat off the table and told Kelsey up. She immediately jumped on his lap...
More Info: Hope this article helped you understand how some dogs try and take charge. There is more information on this subject in the book Training the Hard to Train Dog.

Building Confidence

Summary: ...judges look for a presence in the dog. That presence is communicated when the dog's head is up and the dog gaits boldly. However, a dog with a quieter, more reserved nature, can become overwhelmed in a show environment, preventing the dog from showing his better character. Likewise, in obedience, a dog that feels insecure may not be able to focus on commands, and in agility the dog may shut down all together.
More Info: Hope you enjoyed this article. In the book Training the Hard to Train Dog, you will find more information on working with dogs who need more confidence or who are insecure.

Prey Drive That Causes Biting Needs Special Training

Summary: Anytime a dog bites, especially if the dog breaks the skin, a dog owner has a good reason to be concerned. After this kind of an incident, a dog owner might ask him or herself several questions: Will this problem continue...
More Info: More information available in the book Training the Hard to Train Dog.

Why did our dog kill our cat

Summary: Why did our dog kill our cat? This is a question that Jack Russell/Parson Russell Terrier owners ask more often than other dog owners. Even when the terrier is raised with a cat, there are specific reasons these dogs may kill a household pet.
More Info: More information available in the book Training the Hard to Train Dog.



DWAA - Each year the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) has an annual writing contest. Awards are given in February of the following year at a ceremony in New York.

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