Archive for Control – Page 2

What’s Obedience Got To Do With It

Obedient: dutifully complying with the commands, orders or instructions of one in authority.  Frequently I’m called upon to help an owner change his dog from being human aggressive to human friendly. Most of these owners have already done their due diligence by exposing their dog to friendly humans as well as trying the use of

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Help for the Flawed Service Dog

An old client of mine came to visit me this week with her new service dog because he is behaving aggressively toward unfamiliar (outside of his pack) dogs. We talked for a long time about the service training is currently receiving. She informed me that he is attending a group class currently but recently has

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So Many Choices

One of the most frustrating things about my job is that people always choose their breed before consulting me. What many people fail to understand is that every breed had an original purpose and the DNA for this purpose remains in these specimens even after they have been bred as pets instead of working dogs.

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Train Your Dog So You Won’t Lose Your Dog

I was watching a television commercial for a tracking device you place on your dog’s collar so you can find your dog when it runs away. I immediately imagined a woman locating her dog with the tracker only to find him hit by a car on the side of the road. I don’t understand this

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Demote the Dog

I was having a conversation with a friend of mine recently. She was detailing the dynamics of her parent’s relationship after her father developed a terminal illness. The illness is mentally and physically debilitating. She explained that her father had played the dominant role in her parent’s relationship for all of their married life until

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The Backyard is Not a Babysitter

A client wrote to me last week complaining that her backyard cushions were being destroyed by her dog. He’s intelligent and he’s been trained to an off leash level. She was certain he knew what he did wrong as he cowered when she moved toward him with the destroyed cushion in her hand. I assured

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Meandering aimlessly on the Katy Trail

A few weeks ago I was walking my dog on the Katy Trail when a woman who was jogging on the opposite side of the trail and moving toward us, allowed her Yorkshire terrier to cross over the middle of the trail to approach us.  The dog was on a retractable leash and running toward

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