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Reactive Dogs

Working Under Threshold - Using Treats To Help Reactivity

Madeleine Ross, CPDT-KA, November 8 2018

“I’ve tried giving them treats around other dogs already” is a common concern that trainers hear when helping the owners of reactive dogs. Many people have read articles or seen videos on how using food can help a reactive dog. When they try to use this strategy on their own dog, however, they often miss a couple of crucial components that prevent...

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Problem Behaviours

The Easy-To-Miss Early Signs Of Resource Guarding

Madeleine Ross, CPDT-KA, November 8 2018

Most of us would notice if our dog started growling and snapping at us over their food, but did you know that there are plenty of body language signals that dogs give BEFORE the problem gets that bad? Resource guarding is a very common behavioural problem amongst dogs. It’s when a dog acts aggressively in order to maintain possession over something...

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Reactive Dogs

How Dogs Act Before They Bite

Madeleine Ross, CPDT-KA, November 8 2018

Dog bites can be prevented by learning the body language signals that dogs give off in the lead up to a bite. Dogs generally don't "bite out of nowhere" unless these early signals have been ignored repeatedly or punished. Here are the signals that a dog will give as they move down the road to a bite, and what they mean:

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