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Not all Dogs Want to be Social

I continually see the need for more education in cases of dog aggression towards humans. For some reason, when a dog growls at a human, the human’s response is to yell, hold them down or force it into confinement. Many clients admit this scolding has caused an increase in stress when the dog is near unfamiliar people.

What is clicker training?

Modern trainers use clickers to train their dogs because it aids in the animals understanding of what is rewardable. The animal quickly learns that when it offers the behavior again, it will be rewarded. This positive reinforcement approach will often cause an immediate “wow” moment for both handler and animal. 

The clicker is a small hand-held gadget that emits a sound when you press it.  The sound the clicker makes is a signal to your dog that the behavior it just offered is rewardable.  This “click” is always followed by a food reward. Think: Click and Treat!  Note, the clicker is NOT for getting attention.  

Dog Fight or Reprimand?

Good dogs resolve conflict — all by themselves! 
Below, I outline an incident that occurred at a local park in detail and include what each dog’s body language indicated. There are good lessons here on how dogs resolve conflict and set the rules for the playground!

As President of Canine Behavior Counseling I am dedicated to helping dog owners with new puppies or those with problem dogs. Dogs that are overly aroused, anxious, fearful, dog aggressive, human directed aggressive, dominant, or simply undisciplined are those that I can help using a Positive Approach. My training programs encompass group classes, and personalized one-to-one counseling. I seek to achieve a balanced state of mind and a healthy relationship between the dog and its owners. It is important for dog owners to understand their dogs emotional needs as behaviors are a response to how the dog feels. By providing the proper information and training, the relationship between dog and owner will be a happy and balanced one.

Thank you for visiting my dog training site, if you are interested in learning how to modify your dogs behavior or understanding why your dog’s behavior has changed contact Judy Moore!

Best regards,

Judy Moore, 
BS, ACDBC, CPDT-KA, TDI

207-232-5007