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Dr. Evil’s Exam Room Of Horrors

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You look around you and find yourself in a tiny, unfamiliar room. It smells like veterinarians, and your human is jittery. You shiver, and then there’s a knock at the door! Do you abandon your training and bark at the sound? If you did, who could blame you?…

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My Favorite Test: Annoyance Tolerance

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A good Service Dog has to demonstrate more than enthusiasm and mastery of core skills. The dog must also show tolerance in the face of mild, but annoying and repetitive actions typical of a child. Of course you can’t endanger a real child during temperament testing, but…

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Roots of “Reactivity”

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A dog can train itself to act “reactive” in only a few intense learning experiences. I’ve watched hundreds of dogs learn these behaviors, but was shocked to see it happen with my own dog.   My friendly Border Collie had never barked at any human, and…

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Reactivity Revealed

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Say the word “reactivity” to a dog trainer and you’re likely to be rewarded with a grimace. The term has gained a negative meaning in the last decade or so. But examining the original definition of “reactive” tells us a much bigger story about dog temperament. To…

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Redirect Your Relatives!

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Visitors need training! Use these tips to bend them to your will, and get some fun Service Dog training done. If your dog learns to behave well with visitors at home, it will also behave better with strangers in public access training. You’ve probably already…

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Cubicle Dogs

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We thought maybe it was because of the trolls. Trolls traditionally live under bridges, but perhaps there is one called the Bad Behavior Troll, who lives under desks in cubicles, and un-trains our Service Dogs. Now I blame the evil inventor of the Cubicle. Cubicles give dogs…

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Bringing Out The Inner Lassie!

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A potentially dangerous and unusual sound or situation happens. Your Hearing or Service Dog has never encountered or trained for this before, yet it runs to alert you, and insists that you follow, just like the mythical Lassie with her canine superpowers. Our “Inner Lassie”…

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